Former Wilmington Blue Rocks announcer John Sadak has been named the 2013 Broadcaster of the Year by Ballpark Digest. Sadak, who was named the 2012 Carolina League Broadcaster of the Year while with Wilmington, earned national honors in his first season as the voice of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Sadak spent seven seasons on the Riverfront where he twice received Delaware Sportscaster of the Year accolades from the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association. He moved on to Triple-A last season after welcoming a daughter into the world. He said that moment changed his entire life.
"This humbling award in a field full of tremendous talent marks the exclamation point to a fantastic year," Sadak said. "My incredibly supportive wife Colleen and I welcomed our first baby into the world the same day I was offered the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre job. It appears our beautiful little Claire brought abundant luck along with her that has stretched beyond that October morning. None of this would have been possible without my family's loving support."
While Sadak has moved on to Triple-A, he said Wilmington will always hold a special place in his heart.
"My baseball broadcasting career-break twice came with the Blue Rocks. Both as the No. 2 voice in 2004 and when I returned as the lead voice two years later. The Wilmington franchise, GM Chris Kemple and the fans whose feedback molded my call over the years all have a huge stake in this honor."
Kemple said he thought the award was well-deserved.
"In all candor it does not come as a great shock that John would receive this award," the Wilmington general manager said. "During his time here, John's broadcasting skills and talents were unparalleled. On behalf of the Wilmington Blue Rocks we congratulate him on this tremendous honor."