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March 26, 2012

Column: Former VDT writer gets job with minor league team

VALDOSTA — They say you can take the man out of the sport, but you can’t take the sport out of the man.

That is true about former Valdosta Daily Times sports writer, and all around good guy and my good friend, Adam MacDonald.

Less than six months after leaving his sports writing job here at the Times to take a position with a marketing writing publication, TheDailyVista, in Atlanta, MacDonald is back in the sports journalism world.

This time, though, MacDonald, or A-Mac as I call him, is working for a sports team, rather than a media publication.

A-Mac was hired as the Broadcast and Multimedia Assistant for the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the Fort Myers Miracle, and he couldn’t be happier about his new gig.

“I know at the VDT, we got to cover a lot of teams and just to see the camaraderie of the teams, kind of like seeing the athletic department of VSU, it kind of made me jealous, so it is nice to be part of a team, like the Miracle,” MacDonald told me.

In his new job, MacDonald will serve as the No. 2 on the Miracle’s radio crew, serving as the color analyst for the first three and final three innings of all 70 home contests. He will serve as the play-by-play announcer for the fourth, fifth and sixth innings of those games.

When the team is on the road, A-Mac will stay back in Fort Myers, editing video footage for the teams’ bi-weekly web show, The Miracle Insider, which he will also host. The show will highlight the team and what life in the minor leagues is all about for the players and the members of the Class A organization.

“We take a look at team and life in the minor leagues,” MacDonald said. “We are going to try to have fun with it and do some cool features. Last year they went on road with the team and gave insight of what life is like on the road for the players. I think they even interviewed the bus driver.”

MacDonald, a 2008 graduate of Valdosta State University’s Mass Media program, said he is glad to be back editing and shooting video, and being back broadcasting games — he served as the radio play-by-play commentator for the VSU baseball team in ’08.

“I really want to gain experience and get back into video editing and shooting film,” MacDonald said. “I want to gain that daily broadcast experience too.”

While MacDonald is getting back into the broadcast field of the media industry, he will also get to write some too. He is responsible for writing the game recap stories that will be made available on the team’s website, www.miraclebaseball.com. He is also responsible for updating the team’s mobile website.

A-Mac began his new sports adventure on March 16, and since his arrival in South Florida, he has been working the spring training games for the Minnesota Twins, as the Miracle’s         stadium, Hammond Stadium, serves as the spring training home for the MLB club.

Although he is an avid Boston Red Sox fan, and basically anything Boston, MacDonald says his favorite team cut him deep following last year’s collapse.

“The Red Sox are still my favorite team, but I have a lot of respect for the Twins organization and their minor league system,” MacDonald said. “Last year, Ryan Doscher played for the Miracle a little bit, his last at-bat was a grand slam, and he is now fighting for a starting spot with the Twins this year.”

For those that personally know A-Mac, you know that his dog, Brady, (yes, he loves Boston so much he named his dog after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady) is a major part of his life. In fact, Brady plays such a big part of his life that he actually made some of Adam’s fitness columns that he once wrote for the Times. Well, I am happy to announce that Brady has made the trip to Fort Myers with him, along with one of his friends from the Atlanta area, and all three share an apartment near the stadium.

The Miracle open their regular season April 5 on the road, and A-Mac will make his radio debut with the team on April 6, when the team opens its home schedule. The Miracle will hold their final exhibition game of the spring on April 4, when they face the Twins at Hammond Stadium.

All of MacDonald’s home radio broadcasts are streamed online at Miraclebaseball.com and his videos can be found on the teams Youtube channel, which can be accessed via the teams’ website. You can now follow A-Mac on Twitter at @AdamMacMiracle.

Ed’s column appears in the Monday editions of The Times. You can follow him on Twitter at @Ed_Hooper.

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