Better Know A Broadcaster: Shawn Tiemann
With baseball paused for the foreseeable future, Baseball America has decided to introduce you to some of the men and women who work as broadcasters for each club. Find our first two installments below:
What Is Your Name?
Which Team Do You Work For?
Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer League (Rookie-level, White Sox). I've recently signed up for my fifth season in Great Falls, hopefully starting on time in June.
Which Other Baseball Teams Have You Broadcasted For?
Three different independent teams in the American Association—Joplin Blasters, Sioux City Explorers, Laredo Lemurs.
What Other Sports Have You Broadcasted?
Football and basketball primarily
Who Is Your Favorite MLB Broadcaster Of All Time?
The late, great Jack Buck
Where Is Your Favorite Road City?
In the Pioneer League, Ogden, Utah in the South Division, and Billings, Mont., in the North Division
What Is Your Career Highlight?
Broadcasting the Voyagers' run to a Pioneer League championship in 2018
What Unseen Parts Of The Job Do You Feel People Should Know About?
Broadcasters in MiLB do NOT just show up two hours before first pitch. They typically wear many other hats in the front office, ranging from media relations to sales.
What's Your Best Story From The Road?
It was during the most recent season, and became highly publicized regionally and nationally. The Voyagers were scheduled to play a four-game road series in August 2019 at Missoula. The ballpark hosted a Mumford & Sons concert a few days prior to the start of a four-game series. Coupled with heavy rain and the concert still being held on the field, the series was washed out because the playing surface was left in such ruin that the two teams couldn't play at all the first three days. The series shifted to Great Falls for a doubleheader on day four, and a subsequent doubleheader was played four days later in Great Falls to make up the first two games that were lost in Missoula. Wild and crazy times!