Former Orleans Announcer Now Voice of the Crawdads

by Greg in

Not only do Cape Cod players go on to the professional ranks, so do the guys calling the play-by-play action up in the broadcast booth.  Sunday's Charlotte Observer has a nice piece about Mike Janela, the 2006 voice of the Orleans Cardinals and now the voice of Pittsburgh Pirates' Class-A Hickory Crawdads franchise in North Carolina.

In the summer of 2005, he did radio commentary for the Mat-Su Miners of the Alaska Baseball League. "Yes," he said, "they do play baseball in Alaska, at least for a few weeks each summer."

The summer of 2006 found him doing play-by-play for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League, while last summer, after his graduation from Syracuse, he served as director of broadcasting for the Anderson, S.C., Joes of the South Coast League.