We have personnel news to report from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) and the Kenosha Kingfish (summer collegiate; Northwoods League).
In Colorado Springs, Dan Acheson is the Sky Sox’s new broadcast assistant. He joins longtime play-by-play broadcaster Dan Karcher in the broadcast booth for the 2016 season.
Acheson comes to the Sky Sox after spending the 2015 season as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations of the Charleston RiverDogs, the Class-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Prior to his time with the RiverDogs, the Emerson (MA) College graduate worked as the Assistant Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations with the Portland Sea Dogs (2014, 2012), the Lakewood BlueClaws (2013), and the Daytona Cubs (2011). Additionally, the Sanbornton, New Hampshire native has spent the past two seasons as the Media Communications Coordinator and Broadcaster in Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League.
All regular and postseason games will be broadcast on XTRA Sports AM 1300. Each broadcast will also feature a 25-minue pre-game and post-game show. In addition, the Triple-A All-Star Game and Triple-A National Championship Game will also be broadcast live on KCSF-AM 1300.
In Kenosha, the Kingfish have announced that Aaron Sims is returning as the public address announcer. This season marks Sims’ thirteenth year in the Northwoods League. He began with the Madison Mallards in 2004 as a radio play-by-play announcer and transitioned to public address announcing in 2005. He has spent the last two seasons in the Kingfish press box as their public address announcer. Sims is currently the play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.
With a background in standup comedy, play-by-play in baseball, hockey, and football, and as the host of various radio shows, Sims has combined this experience to become one of the best public address announcers in minor league baseball. Kingfish team owner Conor Caloia commends Sims’ impact on the fan experience and is thrilled to have him as part of the Big Top Baseball family again in 2016, “Aaron brings a great deal of talent, experience and fun to the ballpark each and every day and truly helps to make the fan experience a memorable one. I could not be more excited to have him back for not only this season but for the Northwoods League All-Star Game as well.”
The Kingfish provide a ballpark experience unlike any other and Sims truly enjoyed each season thus far in Kenosha, “Last summer was such a special summer for me.” Sims said, “Fans in Kenosha are a special group. They stay until the last pitch. They love the team and they love to have fun. I’m looking forward to more fun this season with the great fans of the Kingfish.”
In addition to his role as the lead play-by-play announcer for the Admirals, Sims also serves as the head of the organization’s community outreach program. In 2014, Sims filled in for the NHL’s Nashville Predators as their radio play-by-play announcer.