We have personnel news to report from the Reno Aces (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) and the Watertown Rapids (summer collegiate; Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League).
In Reno, the Aces have announced that Zack Bayrouty will serve as the Director of Broadcasting and call all 140 Aces games heard on Fox Sports 630 AM throughout the season. He is the second lead broadcaster in club history though his voice may sound familiar. Bayrouty got his first taste calling baseball games in the Biggest Little City a season ago standing in for nine games in July.
“The idea of filling Ryan Radtke’s role was nothing short of terrifying,” Aces President Eric Edelstein said. “The amount of talent who applied was both overwhelming and exciting. Ultimately, we believe that Zack Bayrouty is the perfect storyteller to inspire a new generation of Aces fans. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome him to the Biggest Little City.”
“We received a significant number of applications with an overwhelming amount of talent. The dedication to this craft is undeniable and we did not take this decision lightly,” Aces General Manager Emily Jaenson said. “We had the pleasure of working with Zack this past season and his talent and professionalism left a lasting impression. Ultimately, he rose to the top of the candidate pool and we are thrilled to welcome Zack as the next voice of the Reno Aces.”
“I’m honored to serve as the next play-by-play broadcaster for the Aces and follow in the footsteps of Ryan Radtke, who sets a standard of excellence in our industry,” Bayrouty said. “I’ve always enjoyed spending time in Northern Nevada and am excited to call Reno home during the summer months and be an active member of the community. To have been selected for this role is truly humbling and I’m excited to meet Aces fans and continue the tradition of excellence in the Aces broadcast booth.”
Bayrouty joins the Aces after spending the last 14 seasons as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Stockton Ports (High A; California League). He recently made his Major League debut on Sept. 3, 2019 when he was tabbed by the A’s to fill in for Ken Korach and work alongside Vince Cotroneo when the A’s hosted the Los Angeles Angels. He was also the television play-by-play broadcaster for Ports games that aired on Comcast Hometown Network from 2009-2013, including a game that aired on MLB Network on June 29, 2010.
In addition to his work with the Ports, Bayrouty serves as the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the University of the Pacific men’s basketball team (West Coast Conference), a position he’s held for 10 seasons.
A native of Worcester, Mass., Bayrouty earned his degree from the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston in 2005. He began his career in baseball as the Media Relations and Press Box Coordinator at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. in 2005.
In Watertown, the Rapids have announced that general manger Brandon Noble is moving into a new role with the team after being named Head Coach of the SUNY Jefferson baseball program. Along with coaching, Noble will also serve in the athletics department on a full-time basis.
Noble, who has been with the Rapids since March of 2018, will take over the JCC baseball program following John Northrop. He played for the Cannoneers for two seasons and was a volunteer assistant coach during the 2018-2019 season. Noble will remain with the Rapids, but in a new role, becoming Director of Operations and continue actively working with the Rapids in preparation for the 2020 PGCBL season.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to work and coach for JCC. I learned a lot from Coach Northrop and am looking forward to continuing to build the program and athletic department,” Noble said. “I’m equally as excited to continue my work with the Rapids. This organization has meant a lot to me since starting prior to the inaugural season and I’m glad I get to continue being a part of it all.”