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Blue Wahoos Radio Voice Erik Bremer To Work Marlins Spring Training Games This Weekend 

Blue Wahoos broadcaster Erik Bremer interviews pitcher Ike Buxton at the team's annual Fish Fest fan event in January 2024. (Nino Mendez / Pensacola Blue Wahoos)
February 29, 2024

In Erik Bremer’s previous two seasons as the voice of the Blue Wahoos, he was able to provide listeners with insight on many of the Miami Marlins' top prospects. He’ll get the chance to see those players, and reconnect with a new audience, this weekend during three Marlins Spring Training

In Erik Bremer’s previous two seasons as the voice of the Blue Wahoos, he was able to provide listeners with insight on many of the Miami Marlins' top prospects.

He’ll get the chance to see those players, and reconnect with a new audience, this weekend during three Marlins Spring Training games beginning Friday on the Marlins Radio Network.

Bremer will join with Marlins lead play-by-play voice Kyle Sielaff on Friday’s 12:05 p.m. CT game as the Marlins play the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater at BayCare Ballpark.

Bremer will then travel across the state to Jupiter – the Marlins' spring training home – where he will work the game Saturday at 12:10 p.m. CT against the New York Mets and Sunday at 12:05 p.m. CT against the St. Louis Cardinals. Both weekend games are at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. All three games can be accessed with an audio stream on marlins.com, mlb.com or the MLB app.

“It’s always a great opportunity to get back into baseball broadcasting and to reconnect with the Marlins organization after the offseason,” said Bremer. “With each year that passes we have more and more Blue Wahoos players impacting the big league club, and that's enhanced my role in these Spring Training broadcasts.

One of those players, Marlins rising star Eury Pérez, pitched part of the past two seasons with the Blue Wahoos in Pensacola. Pérez made a start last weekend and could appear in one of these three games as he hones his role in Miami’s starting rotation.

The fact that Spring Training games are set up for the major league starters to play only a few innings, then have minor league players finish the game, changes the dynamic but not how Bremer will prepare.

“I take seriously every game I broadcast and prepare the best I can, but you do have to remember these are Spring Training games and the audience isn't all that concerned with wins and losses,” he said. “What I hope to do is keep things loose, and help fans get to know a few of these former Blue Wahoos players that could impact the Marlins in 2024.

“I’ve always felt that any broadcast that flows well has a conversational feel, and that's easy to do with Kyle. He and the Marlins have always supported the Blue Wahoos broadcast, from airing our highlights on their pregame shows to welcoming me for these Spring Training games.”

There are 23 former Blue Wahoos on the 60-player spring training roster. This includes non-roster invitees like Troy Johnston, who helped the Blue Wahoos win back-to-back South Division first half titles to get into the playoffs. Johnston is the Marlins' reigning minor league player of the year based upon last year’s success in Pensacola and Jacksonville.

“Troy played some in left field already for the Marlins this spring, and that's a position he didn’t play in Pensacola at all last year," he said. "Guys like that, who have put up big minor league numbers but haven't yet broken through to the big leagues, are always a fun follow in camp.”

Bremer traveled to Jacksonville prior to heading south to Clearwater and met with Scott Kornberg and Matt Davis, the broadcast team with the Triple-A Jumbo Shrimp. He’ll also get to visit with Lisa Pride, broadcaster for the Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads, when working Saturday and Sunday in Jupiter.

"Building that camaraderie with the other talented broadcasters in the organization, reconnecting with our coaches and players, and meeting some of the new decision-makers in Marlins player development all make Spring Training a meaningful experience," he said. "It should be a great time."