It came out in January that the Mariners might just be looking for another announcer. Not because they were getting rid of anyone, but because Aaron Goldsmith was potentially heading home to take over for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Having grown up a Cardinals fan (after moving there after originally rooting for the Royals), Goldsmith has made it known how much the Cardinals former announcer Jack Buck meant to him. He was a big influence on him and how he calls games.
Fans got really nervous. Goldy is a big time fan favorite, and many hope that he ends up as the next great Mariners announcer. At just 39, there is a chance that he could be one of those guys that ends up taking over and running with the gig for 40 years. There's something special in knowing that year in and year out, for decades on end, you are going to have the same guy calling a game every time you tune in.
And it seemed like the Cardinals were going to be the one to enjoy the wonderful calls that Goldy produces. All over the internet and in chat groups everywhere, the majority of Mariners fans were worried, nervous, and upset to see him potentially leaving.
Honestly, I had resigned myself to the fact that he was likely gone. He would essentially be going home to call games for "his team". I can't fault a guy for that. There is also something else to be said about how happy fans were for him. He's such a good seeming guy, that even though we would be sad to see him go, we were still all happy for him to get such a good opportunity.
Yet, it ended up being a short lived worry. Only about 24 hours later, we saw the following news.
Aaron Goldsmith would be staying in Seattle. Mariners fans would be able to continue listening to him for the 2023 season, and we wouldn't have to worry about finding a replacement in the booth for him. I think the majority of fans all over the place feel the same way, and are incredibly happy to still have Goldy in the booth for the Mariners!