We have personnel news to report from the Buffalo Bisons (Class AAA; International League) and the Helena Brewers (Rookie; Pioneer League).
In Buffalo, Pat Malacaro has been named the new voice of the Bisons. He will anchor the Bisons Baseball Network in 2018, taking over for long time Bisons announcer Ben Wagner, who was appointed by Sportsnet’s 590 The Fan to the Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcast team.
Malacaro, 34, becomes just the fourth ‘Voice of the Bisons’ in the team’s modern era, following Wagner and Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Jim Rosenhaus. He will once again be teamed with another Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer, Duke McGuire, to bring the excitement of Bisons Baseball all season long on the team’s flagship station, ESPN 1520 AM, and online on Bisons.com.
A native of South Buffalo, Malacaro has been a member of the Bisons family for nearly two decades, first serving as the club’s bat boy for four seasons, 1999-2002. He joined the Bisons broadcast team as a radio intern in 2004 and 2005 and then returned in 2010 after his graduation from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. In the last eight seasons, Malacaro has filled in for a number of broadcasts, providing extensive Bisons coverage on both radio and television.
Malacaro’s professional broadcast career began in 2006 when he joined the team at WGR Sportsradio 550 AM in a number of roles, including reporter, game host and producer. Most recently, he has assisted with the station’s postgame coverage of the Buffalo Sabres. From 2008-2010, he worked for the broadcast team of the Batavia Muckdogs (Short Season A; NY-Penn League).
Malacaro has also spent the 13 years working for the Buffalo Bisons parent company, Rich Products, most recently as a Customer Service Associate in the Foodservice Division. In his new role as the ‘Voice of the Bisons,’ Malacaro will also handle game-day media relations as well as credentialing at Coca-Cola Field.
In Helena, the Brewers have named Greg Mroz as their new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. Mroz comes to the Brewers from the San Rafael Pacifics (independent; Pacific Association), where he spent the 2017 season in the same capacity. He takes over for Garrett Greene, who was recently named the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Biloxi Shuckers (Class AA; Southern League).
“I am beyond grateful to the Helena Brewers for giving me this incredible opportunity,” Mroz said. “Broadcasting baseball has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I’m excited to continue to live that dream in Helena. I can’t wait to get started.”
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Mroz graduated from Northwestern University in 2015, where as a student he ran the student television and radio stations. Having broadcast various Northwestern sports over his time as a student, Mroz’s first full time foray into baseball came in the summer of 2013, where he was the broadcaster for the Cotuit Kettleers (summer collegiate; Cape Cod Baseball League). Upon graduation, Mroz accepted a position as a broadcasting assistant with the Clinton LumberKings (Low A; Midwest League) for the 2015 season. He was promoted to Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the 2016 season.
“Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that make him a great addition to our organization,” said Brewers President and General Manager Paul Fetz. “Garrett Greene did a tremendous job for us last season, and I am incredibly happy for him in his new role. I know Greg will step in and provide our fans an informative and fun broadcast every game.”
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