FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) – A long-time broadcast voice in the central valley will not be behind the microphone anymore for the Fresno Grizzlies.
Doug Greenwald, who has been the Grizzlies’ play-by-play announcer since the 2003 season, has been informed he will not be retained by the organization.
Greenwald told Sports Central over the phone on Wednesday that he is obviously disappointed by the decision, and surprised, since he intended to be back this year.
Initially, he was told that he would be back. Ultimately, he fell victim to “budget cuts.”
As part of Major League Baseball’s restructuring of the minor league system, the Grizzlies transitioned from a Triple-A franchise to a Low-A team in the California League before the 2021 season. In the California League, many of the play-by-play broadcasters also help with several other duties within the organization. Greenwald, however, had remained solely the team’s broadcaster the last two seasons after the transition to Low-A.
The 48-year-old Greenwald is the son of the late sports broadcaster Hank Greenwald, whose resume includes calling San Francisco Giants games for 16 years through the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Doug Greenwald has called more than 2,500 Grizzlies games, including the 2015 Triple-A national championship (won by the Grizzlies).
He was behind the microphone to see future MLB stars Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner come through Fresno when the Grizzlies were affiliated with the San Francisco Giants. He also saw Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez, when the Grizzlies were affiliated with the Houston Astros.
Even though he is disappointed he won’t be back this season, “it brings a smile to his face” when Doug Greenwald thinks about his 20 years in Fresno.
“All the friendships on and off the field, whether it be various media members, or members of the organization,” he said. “Not just the players you get to interact with calling games, but the friends you meet along the way.”
Greenwald is also appreciative of the opportunity he was given to develop as a broadcaster by the Grizzlies’ organization.
“20 years of good stuff,” said Greenwald, “My time in Fresno really developed me as a broadcaster. I was hired to broadcast, and only had to worry about that.”
He adds that he will miss seeing the fans, as well as the fun minor league atmosphere the Grizzlies have created.
“Fireworks, all the promotional nights,” said Greenwald. “It was fun to come to the ballpark. Not just to broadcast baseball, but to see postgame fireworks, the different uniforms.”
A spokesperson for the Fresno Grizzlies would not go into details about the organization’s decision to part ways with Greenwald, instead referring Sports Central to a statement that was released to the media.
“Our entire organization is extremely grateful for Doug’s stewardship of our radio presence over the past two decades and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors,” reads the statement. “Doug has been an integral part of many historical moments with our club and will always have a cherished spot in Fresno Grizzlies history.”
Doug Greenwald lives in San Francisco, and he is currently the voice of the UC Davis women’s basketball team.
He has filled in on the radio broadcasts for a handful of San Francisco Giants games in the recent past, and he has more than a decade’s worth of experience calling Giants spring training games.
He remains hopeful that he will find a permanent gig broadcasting in the big leagues.
“I’m out there looking, I’m available,” said Greenwald.