Yakima Valley Pippins Name New Radio Play-By-Play Man For 2017 Season
New York native Jack Benjamin will assume play-by-play broadcaster and media relations duties for the Yakima Valley Pippins this summer.
Benjamin, a junior at Santa Clara University, joins the Pippins following a summer 2016 stint as the voice of the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Growlers of the Northwoods League.
Benjamin joins a growing list of talented young broadcasters who have worked for the Pippins. Last year’s lead voice, Evan Budrovich, currently serves as Campbell University’s (NC) assistant media director and Ryan Rouillard (2014, 2015) was recently named the lead broadcaster for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A Affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Former Yakima Bears broadcaster Robert Ford is now the lead voice for the Houston Astros radio.
“I’m thrilled to become the next voice of the Pippins,” Benjamin said. “I look forward to providing fans with exciting and high-quality broadcasts night in and night out. Every season has its own unique storylines, and I look forward to discovering those and sharing them with Pippins listeners.”
A native of Armonk, N.Y., Benjamin currently serves as sports director and lead play-by-play voice for KSCU 103.3 FM, Santa Clara’s student radio station. In addition to broadcasting various Bronco sports, Benjamin hosts a sports talk show. He has also called Central Coast Section high school championship games for the NFHS Network.
Benjamin’s first game will be June 2nd, when the Pippins host Victoria, BC, in the 2017 season opener which, along with all games at home and on the road, you can hear live on 1460 ESPN Yakima.