We have personnel news to report from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League) and the office of the Class AA Southern League.
The RailRiders have named Adam Giardino as a new broadcaster and Media Relations Manager for the 2018 season. He will work alongside Adam Marco in the broadcast booth and assist with the team’s media relations efforts. Giardino replaces Darren Headrick, who accepted a job covering the University of Kentucky’s women’s basketball and baseball programs last fall.
“We are thrilled to add Adam Giradino to the broadcasts in 2018,” stated Josh Olerud, RailRiders Team President and COO. “His passion and energy will be a tremendous addition and listeners will appreciate what he brings to every broadcast.”
Giardino enters his ninth season of Minor League Baseball and is bringing five years of experience in the Yankees system, having served as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Trenton Thunder (Class AA; Eastern League) from 2013 to 2017. A lifelong resident of Franklin, Mass. and 2011 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Giardino works in the offseason announcing various sports for Dartmouth College, Brown University, Holy Cross, Harvard University and Northeastern University.
“I am really excited for the opportunity to work with Adam Marco and bring RailRiders baseball to an incredibly passionate fan base,” Giardino said. “Having seen the recent infusion of youth march from Trenton to New York over the past five years, I can’t wait to continue watching this current wave of talent develop and make an impact in the Bronx.”
Prior to his time with Trenton, Giardino spent the 2012 season as the Media and Public Relations Assistant for the Lakewood BlueClaws (Low A; Sally League) and Broadcast Intern for the Pawtucket Red Sox (Class AAA; International League) during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
For the Southern League, Michael Guzman is assuming the role of Media Relations Director effective immediately.
As Media Relations Director, Guzman will oversee all communications efforts for the league including press release distribution and social media, as well as the creation and distribution of the preseason media guide. Additionally, he will serve as a liaison for transactions between the league office and its 10 member clubs while also assisting with the selection of weekly awards and midseason All-Star teams going forward.
Guzman, 23, is entering his first season with the Southern League office after spending 2017 with the Charlotte Knights (Class AAA; International League). The year prior he was Media Relations Manager for the Birmingham Barons (Class AA; Southern League) throughout their 2016 campaign. While with Birmingham, the Barons front office was named Southern League Organization of the Year and hosted Minor League Baseball’s Promotional Seminar in late September.
“I am excited to have Michael join the league office staff,” said League President Lori Webb, who is entering her sixth season as President. “His past experience with the Birmingham and Charlotte clubs will be a great asset to our league, and I look forward to working with him.”
A native of Carol Stream, IL, Guzman began his career in professional sports as a Communications Intern for the Indianapolis Indians (Class AAA; International League) during the 2014 season. He graduated from IUPUI in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Journalism.