M's hire new radio announcer to partner with Rick Rizzs

SEATTLE -- When the Seattle Mariners begin spring training games this March, there will be a new voice calling the games on radio.

The team announced Thursday that Aaron Goldsmith will join lead announcer Rick Rizzs, calling spring training and regular season games.

Goldsmith, 29, spent the 2012 season as the lead announcer for the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, calling all 144 PawSox games on the club's 14-station network, as well as handling 10 telecasts last season.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the Seattle Mariners broadcast team," Goldsmith said in a press release from the Mariners. "The idea of contributing to an organization with such a rich tradition on the radio is a tremendous honor and a standard I look forward to upholding. I'm eager to start working alongside Rick Rizzs and contributing to the Mariners both on and off the air."

The Mariners have used a rotating group of announcers the past two seasons following the death of longtime announcer Dave Niehaus in 2010. With the addition of Goldsmith, the primary broadcast teams for 2013 will be Rizzs and Goldsmith on radio, and Dave Sims and Mike Blowers on TV.

Prior to joining Pawtucket, Goldsmith spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the radio broadcaster for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. He also served as the team's Manager of Broadcasting/Media Development. In 2009, Aaron was the broadcaster/studio host for the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox AA affiliate in the Eastern League.

A St. Louis native, Goldsmith graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Ill., with a BA in history. After college he attended the Broadcast Center in St. Louis, earning a certificate in Radio Broadcasting and Production.

Earlier Goldsmith interview with pitcher Brandon Duckworth: