Saturday, January 06, 2007

Big East Voice Dave Sims Headed West

By: Jim Williams
The Examiner

Saturday January 6, 2007

Washington – Dave Sims who for over a decade has been the immensely popular voice of Big East sports is headed west to join the Seattle Mariners broadcast team.

A number of sources out of Seattle confirmed that Sims has been chosen to fill the void left by the retirement of former M’s broadcaster Ron Fairly. Although how he will be used is not yet clear.

The team is expected to make the announcement sometime this week and at that point we should know more about Sims role.

Sims has made it very clear that he wanted a full time job in Major League Baseball and came very close to getting it last season here in Washington losing out to his long time friend and former ESPN colleague Bob Carpenter.

They were both ESPN baseball announcers most of the ‘90’s before the big staff cutback came before the 2002 season.

He will also continue to be a featured voice on the CBS Radio/Westwood One NCAA National College Basketball Tournament team. His calls of the George Mason victories leading up the Final Four have been worn out in the Washington, DC area.

So what kind of broadcaster can M’s fans expect?

Sims is an “old school guy,” he is a wordsmith who can make a 25 point blow out as interesting as down to the wire nail bitter.

In short the reason he is so well liked is because of his passion for broadcasting and his ability to really tell a story.

The Mariners fans will learn to love him as much I am sure as those of here in the Big East.

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. E-mail

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