Calling baseball games from afar

Broadcaster Dave Sims calls Friday’s Opening Day game in Houston from his booth at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)



Seattle Times staff reporter

July 26, 2020

With runners on first and second base in the bottom of the third inning on Friday, Dave Sims sat in a familiar spot. The Mariners’ broadcaster for ROOT Sports was perched in a booth directly above home plate at T-Mobile Park. He wore a headset over his blue Kangol hat, and he clutched a white ruler in his left hand as he spoke. The ruler, he said, doesn’t serve any practical purpose. He just likes to have something to hold. “It’s like I’m my own conductor,” he joked, waving it like a baton between innings.

The 67-year-old Sims was meticulously prepared for opening day. His blue hat coordinated — not coincidentally — with a blue shirt, blue tie and blue backdrop. With each pitch, he updated a thick scorebook with a bold black pen. Next to it, he kept a notebook filled with previously prepared statistics and observations — many highlighted to emphasize particular importance. His five highlighters — each a different color — were lined up neatly, facing the same way.

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