The Riverdogs open their 2014 campaign this week at The Joe, but one familiar voice will be noticeably absent. Riverdogs GM Dave Echols confirmed today that longtime PA announcer Ken Carrington has left the organization and will be replaced by former Riverdogs announcer Danny Reed.
After 12 years calling minor league ball in Charleston, becoming an unmistakable fixture at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park for many Riverdogs fans, Carrington tells the City Paper that it was his decision to leave, but that he did so "with a heavy heart," saying the change is still settling in. Carrington continues to announce baseball games at Patriot's Point for the College of Charleston.
Echols says the team will likely plan some kind of recognition night for Carrington, but details have not been set.
The Riverdogs scheduled home opener yesterday against the Red Sox-affiliate Greenville Drive was rained out, so the team will kick off a weeklong homestand tonight at 7 p.m., including the first Thirsty Thursday and a weekend series against the Augusta Green Jackets over Masters weekend.