Dayton Dragons broadcaster set to reach career milestone

Dayton Dragons broadcaster Tom Nichols will call his 4,000th career professional baseball game Wednesday night when the Dragons play the Lansing Lugnuts.

Nichols, who also serves as Dayton’s Director of Media Relations, is in his 11th season as the voice of the Dragons. He began his career with the Indianapolis Indians in 1988.

»PODCAST: Mike Hartsock talks to Tom Nichols

Nichols has worked at all three levels of Minor League Baseball — Triple-A with Indianapolis (1988-89), Double-A with Mobile (1997-2004), Single-A with Kinston (1990), Peoria (1991-92), Fort Wayne (1993-96) and Dayton (2008-present).

Nichols’ “home teams” have included future members of the National Baseball Hall-of-Fame Randy Johnson (Indianapolis, 1988) and Jim Thome (Kinston Indians, 1990) as well as 11 other future big league all-stars — Larry Walker, Torii Hunter, Jake Peavy, Matt Lawton, A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Clement, Gary Matthews Jr., Jason Bay and former Dragons Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco.

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