Braves holding open auditions for next “Voice of the Braves”

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In the middle of last season, longtime Braves PA announcer Casey Motter suddenly passed away at age 53. Motter grew up a Braves fan in Smyrna, Georgia, and a movie could be written about the way he got the job with the Braves. He was the PA announcer for his son’s youth football games, where he was heard by the Braves general manager at the time, Frank Wren, who eventually gave Motter the job. His passing was a travesty, one that every fan that has attended a Braves game was shocked by. However, in his final full season, he did get to watch the team he grew up cheering for win another World Series, which he called “a dream come true.”

Motter will always have a fond place in the hearts of Braves fans, and we here at SportsTalkATL wish nothing but the best for the Motter family.

Not to make light of a tragedy, but the Braves are now looking for a new PA announcer, and the answer could be you!┬áThe team announced, “They have received over 135 submissions for their PA announcer opening,” and Braves fans can also audition live this Saturday at Braves Fest. Additionally, Braves fans will be able to vote on the finalists for the job.

I think this is an exciting and creative way to go about who could be the next “Voice of the Braves.” The way Motter was discovered was far from conventional. He probably never expected to go from youth football games to a Major League Stadium. So, in a way, this is a nice way for the organization to honor him. I would love to see a man or woman with nothing more than a dream end up being the selection, so if being a PA announcer for a Major League ball club has always been something you’ve wanted to try, get on out to Braves Fest this Saturday!

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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