(November 29, 2018) Marco LaNave is getting the opportunity to continue his minor league baseball career closer to his Midwest roots without leaving his current ownership group. An STAA member, LaNave is the new Lead Broadcaster and an Account Executive for the Akron RubberDucks.
The RubberDucks are the Class-AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
LaNave moves to Akron after three seasons with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, also a Double-A affiliate. Fast Forward Sports Group owns both teams.
“Collaboration between the clubs made me familiar with Akron’s operation,” says LaNave. “The organization presented the opportunity for me to develop further as a broadcaster and contribute to the year-round business operation for the RubberDucks. I continue to work in a great ownership group and am able to grow professionally, particularly as a broadcaster.”
Before joining Fast Forward Sports Group, the St. Cloud, MN, native’s baseball career path included a radio internship with the Minnesota Twins and four years as lead broadcaster with the Class-A Quad Cities River Bandits.
“Moving to a new city also presents more possibilities,” he adds. One new opportunity that has already developed is that LaNave has joined the sports anchor staff at 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland.
Minor league baseball broadcasting is a challenging field. Upward mobility usually comes slowly. LaNave’s passion for the sport keeps him involved.
“With the support of family and fiends, I have enjoyed the journey, recognizing success and struggle as growth personally and professionally. I am blessed to have met and worked with many great people I can call friends and mentors. Their impact on me, and the opportunity for me to have an impact among my colleagues, club and community, make work in baseball uniquely rewarding.”
LaNave has been an STAA member since 2014. “STAA membership provides valuable resources to stay motivated, knowledgeable and prepared for opportunities. With career advice on a variety of topics, updates on opportunities in the industry, and opportunities for feedback, as an STAA member, I have specialized support for my work and goals in sports broadcasting.”