Broadcast schedule begins
Marlins baseball is back, and beginning on Thursday, so are the voices of the organization.
The opening of the Grapefruit League season matches the Marlins against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. Thursday also marks the first radio broadcast of Spring Training.
Dave Van Horne and Glenn Geffner will call the action of the 1:05 p.m. ET contest.
“It’s an exciting time for baseball, and it’s an exciting time for the Marlins,” said Van Horne, who has broadcasted MLB games for more than 40 years. “I feel very strongly that if the Marlins can get good production out of the third and fourth spots in their starting rotation that they can really do some damage in the East Division.”
After winning 87 games a year ago, the Marlins are talking playoffs in 2010.
“They can not only contend with all the powers in the division, and even the Phillies, deemed by most peoples’ estimations the team to beat in the division,” Van Horne said. ”It’s a very exciting time for the Marlins and the Marlins fans.”
In all, the Marlins flagship station, 790 The Ticket, will broadcast 15 Grapefruit League games.
“We’re back on our same keystone station, of course, 790 The Ticket, in Miami,” Van Horne said. “Glenn Geffner and I begin our third year working together on the broadcast. We have made a pact. We’ve talked about it all winter long. We have promised our listeners that we will broadcast more winning games this year than last year.”
The intimacy of Spring Training is an attraction for fans.
“It’s a great time for the fans because they can get close to the players,” Van Horne said. “They can get down on the field, and watch a team work out. They are close to the batting cages, the pitching mounds, and watch all these things in person that are tougher to see when the regular season begins. It’s a great time fans, but I’ve got to admit, it’s a great time for broadcasters, too.”
The Marlins opened their exhibition season with an impressive 19-3 win over the University of Miami on Wednesday.
In their Grapefruit League opener, Anibal Sanchez will get the start. Rick VandenHurk will pitch in relief.
– Joe Frisaro