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2012 Broadcaster of the Year: Donny Baarns

We continue our 2012 Ballpark Digest Awards with the announcement of the Broadcaster of the Year Award: Donny Baarns, the Voice of the Visalia Rawhide (High Class A; California League). This was the most difficult category to judge this season: there is an abundance of riches in broadcast booths, and the increasingly complex roles taken […]

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Four straight years of attendance happiness for Visalia

Amazing what TLC will do for a baseball franchise: the Visalia Rawhide (High Class A; California League) should see the fourth straight year of record attendance after a successful 2012 season. Baseball in Visalia was an endangered species until owner Tom Seidler successfully launched a renovation of Recreation Park and a rebranding of the franchise. […]

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Rawhide, Diamondbacks extend affiliation: four more years

The Visalia Rawhide (High Class A; California League) and Arizona Diamondbacks anounced a four-year PDC extension yesterday, ensuring that the D-Backs will remain in the South Valley through 2016.   “We were eager to continue our relationship with Visalia, and this long-term extension gives us stability and ensures that our prospects have a great place to […]

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O’Malleys may make run at Padres

Not a bad consolation prize: Peter O’Malley says he and his family are considering making a bid for the San Diego Padres, put back on the market by John Moores. The O’Malley family has deep roots in baseball: Walter O’Malley moved the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles and built Dodger Stadium; Peter O’Malley ran the […]

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