“Play-by-Playcast Episode 138: Donny Baarns”

Joel Godett, February 8, 2019

Joel’s podcast is always excellent, and it was an honor to be a guest. We discussed calling my first Major League game in Oakland, how I learned to broadcast games after hardly doing it in college, and the random knowledge that I sometimes pick up while doing voiceover work.

"The Allegory of the Baseball Broadcast Booth"

Kurt Streeter, The New York Times, June 8, 2018


"Say The Damn Score Podcast Episode #48: Donny Baarns"

Logan Anderson, September 28, 2017

A fun conversation on Logan's broadcasting podcast. We talked about starting in Alaska, how I knew nothing about play-by-play when I got my first gig, how I broke into professional baseball, and a minor league road trip from hell.


"Baarns Moving Up to Triple-A Omaha"

STAATalent.com, March 31, 2016


"Gunite for Greatness"

Benjamin Hill, MiLB.com, August 13, 2013

A fun picture-tour of Recreation Park, with visuals of the historical displays that I compiled and spearheaded around the facility. I'm proud of the way we turned an old ballpark into a walking museum and a character-filled tribute to seven decades of Visalia baseball history.


"Rawhide Embrace 'Curse of the Alligator'"

Benjamin Hill, MiLB.com, August 9, 2013

This is the story of how we invented a curse that was supposedly placed on our team in Visalia. We figured that if we weren't going to win championships, we might as well make up a cool backstory about it and generate publicity. After all, you can't control whether your minor league team wins, but you CAN have fun with it.


"2012 Broadcaster of the Year: Donny Baarns"

Kevin Reichard, BallparkDigest.com, September 4, 2012

Being named Minor League Broadcaster of the Year by Ballpark Digest was an amazing moment in my early career. For a kid who had almost no training, experience, or knowledge about the industry coming out of college, winning an award like this just four years later was a surreal thing.


"History Crucial as Teams Look to Future"

Benjamin Hill, MiLB.com, December 16, 2011

A write-up of my presentation at the Bob Freitas Business Seminar at the Baseball Winter Meetings in 2011. I'm adamant that history is more than just a warm, fuzzy concept; it's a way to enhance a team's brand, and a way to connect and emotionally engage community members with a ballclub. I talked about how we did that in Visalia to help resurrect a nearly dormant franchise, by uncovering and celebrating the ways in which baseball was intertwined with the town's past, as we also celebrated a renovated stadium and new team name.