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SBD/Issue 87/Sports Media
Robinson To Accent Early ESPN MLB Coverage; Jays Sign Ashby
Published January 25, 2007
| Robinson To Join ESPN’s MLB
Coverage For Spring Training
BLUE JAYS: In Toronto, William Houston reports the Blue Jays signed Andy Ashby to a three-year deal worth about $300,000 annually. Ashby, who had been the Astros’ radio analyst for eight years, will serve the same position with the Blue Jays, replacing Warren Sawkiw, whose contract was not renewed (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 1/25).
MARINERS: In Seattle, Dave Andriesen reports long-time Mariners play-by-play announcer Dave Niehaus will spend the first two or three innings of each game with new analyst Mike Blowers in the TV booth, then will “trade places for the remainder of the game” with Dave Sims, who will be in the radio booth with analyst Rick Rizzs. The team ideally “would have permanent TV and radio voices,” but neither FSN Northwest nor KOMO-AM “wants to be entirely without Niehaus.” Rizzs will be “almost exclusively on radio” (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 1/25).