All 14 CPL WebPass broadcasters did a great job in 2012, but it was Angel who was selected after team owners, general mangers, league officials and fans voted. With regards to the fans vote, the league had over 400 entries with Angel taking 33% of them. In his second summer as the voice of the Steamers, Angel has become well known for his detailed and informative broadcasts. He also does a good job of incorporating interviews of coaches and players, as well as giving fans interesting tidbits such as “Today’s Useless Fact” or “This Date in Baseball History”, which quickly became fan favorites.
“To win the broadcaster of the year award where not only the the league and the teams vote but the fans also have a vote is truly an honor,” said Angel. “Especially when you know that the opposing teams fans are listening to you also so even some of them must of liked you. I also had the chance to travel to every game the Steamers played all season and meet and hear almost every other broadcaster in the league, and I thought there were some good ones in other cities around the league, which makes winning more impressive in my mind because of all the talented guys working in this league. Obviously I want to thank the Steamers – they saw enough from me last season to want to bring me back here and give me another opportunity to continue my dream and continue to get better at the art of broadcasting, and now the team and the city get to share in this award with me.”
Here’s just a sampling of what some of the fans had to say about Angel’s broadcasts:
“Danny does the whole package – with pregame interviews, calling the game with plenty of detail, and a postgame show.”
“His voice was always at an even keel, as he spoke, he was very knowledgable about baseball. He was very sharp and you could tell he did his homework before coming on the air. He was always very well prepared.”
“I look forward to the useless fact of the day. I have even shared some of them with my friends.”
Angel, now has five years of broadcasting experience, including three years exclusively covering baseball. After the 2011 Steamers summer season concluded last August Angel signed on to work in the California Winter League in Palm Springs, Calif., for the winter months of January and February. In the CWL he served under the lead play-by-play man of the Las Vegas 51’s, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, Russ Langer in much the same fashion as in 2011 for the Steamers.
In 2010, Angel served as the media relations director and play-by-play broadcaster for the Laredo Broncos Baseball Club of the independent United League.
After graduating from San Francisco State University with a degree in Audio Production and Media Performance, Angel made the jump to the diamond in 2009 when he was hired as the number two broadcaster for the short season single A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, the Aberdeen IronBirds of the New York-Penn League. In 2008, while a senior attending San Francisco State University, Angel got his first taste of live broadcasting when he served as the primary play-by-play man for the varsity women Gators basketball team, while also working as the color commentator for the varsity men Gators basketball team.
Angel grew up in Sonoma, Calif., where he attended Sonoma Valley High School, graduating in 2001. He follows in his uncle’s (Joe) broadcasting footsteps, who is the radio play-by-play man for the Baltimore Orioles.
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