Ryan Mock, voice of Suns, moves on

Ryan Mock, voice of Suns, moves on

Since the 2007 season, Hagerstown Suns Baseball has been disseminated over the air to Suns fans by Director of Media Relations, Ryan Mock. The Suns' broadcasting staple has decided it's now time to hang up the headset in order to pursue a master's degree at the University of Washington.
Mock has his sights set on attaining a Peace Corps Masters International MBA that will be followed by two years of service to the volunteer program. He will study in the Evans School of Public Affairs.
A veteran of the South Atlantic League, Mock signed off the air as "voice of the Suns" last Tuesday, after calling the action of an early morning standoff between the West Virginia Power and the hometown Hagerstown club.
"I've had a great time with the Suns, and I can't thank the staff and community enough for making me feel comfortable in Hagerstown the last four seasons," says Mock.
Mock's depictions of the game mirrored his passion for the stories and statistics of baseball, which were blended with entertaining wit and humor.
Stepping away from the microphone certainly produces some bittersweet sentiments for Mock as he prepares to head out west towards his home in Oregon.
"I am no different than any other member of the Suns staff who works to put on the games. The only difference for me was I got the chance to get on the air and talk to the fans about the games. That's what is going to make it tough to walk away."
The Suns' four-game road trip to Greensboro will be voiced by Dave Vatz, Hagerstown's media relations assistant, before the team returns home to face the Lexington Legends in four contests beginning Monday.
The Hagerstown Suns have announced that Mock's full-time replacement for the remainder of the 2010 season and through the 2011 campaign will be former minor league announcer, Bryan Holland.
Holland has spent time on the air with a pair of Baltimore Orioles affiliates in seasons past. The Elon University graduate logged the 2007 season with the Frederick Keys of the Carolina League and was behind the microphone again with the Aberdeen IronBirds of the short-season New York-Penn League in 2008.
Holland, who will make his Suns debut Monday night, comes to the SAL after providing play-by-play this summer for the Outer Banks Daredevils, a wood-bat summer collegiate team in the Coastal Plain League.
The newest member of the Suns' front office remarks, "it's my great honor to return to the professional baseball airwaves, and I thank Ryan Mock for his class in passing the torch to me in the aftermath of so many years spent building a listener base that loves Suns Baseball."
"I've got big shoes to fill, and I can't wait to begin my journey with the Hagerstown Suns."