A's add Vince Cotroneo to radio team

A's add Vince Cotroneo to radio team

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with Vince Cotroneo on a two-year contract to broadcast games over the A's Radio Network through the 2007 season.

Prior to joining the A's, Cotroneo spent six seasons (1998-2003) as an announcer on the Texas Rangers broadcasts, where he partnered with Eric Nadel on the Rangers Radio Network. He also worked a handful of games on the television side during the 2002 season. Cotroneo joined the Rangers broadcast team in 1998 after spending seven seasons (1991-97) with the Houston Astros, where he handled color analysis on road radio games and Fox Sports Southwest television.

A 20-year broadcasting veteran, Cotroneo began his career with the Single-A Lynchburg Mets in 1984. He spent the next three seasons with the Double-A El Paso Diablos in the Milwaukee system before moving onto the Triple-A Iowa Cubs for the 1988 season. In his only season with Iowa, he was selected as the National Association's Minor League Announcer of the Year. Cotroneo joined the Astros organization the following season and was the radio voice of the Tucson Toros for two seasons (1989-90) before landing his first Major League job with the Astros in 1991.

"Vince brings 13 years of Major League experience to the booth and I'm confident his style will blend nicely with the talents of Ken Korach and Ray Fosse to form one of the top announcing teams in baseball," said Ken Pries, A's Vice President for Broadcasting and Communications.

In addition, the A's have announced Glen Kuiper and Tim Roye will return to the team's Fox Sports Net Bay Area and KICU Action 36 Cable 6 telecasts this season. Season ticket packages starting as low as $126, are currently available by calling 510-638-GOA's. For additional ticket information, please visit the A's website at www.oaklandathletics.com or call 510-638-GOA's. Single-game tickets will go on sale at the McAfee Coliseum Box Office on Saturday, January 28. Individual game tickets for the 2006 season are priced at $40 (Plaza Club), $38 (MVP), $30 (Field Level), $30 (Plaza Infield), $20 (Plaza Level), $14 (Plaza Outfield) and $10 (Bleachers and Plaza Bleachers).

A's pitchers and catchers report to the club's Spring Training facility in Phoenix on February 18 with the first workout scheduled for the next day. The remainder of the squad reports on February 22 with the first full-squad workout scheduled for February 23. The A's will open Cactus League play on Thursday, March 2 against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa (12:05 Pacific) with the first game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium slated for Friday, March 3 against the Milwaukee Brewers (12:05 Pacific). Tickets for all Spring Training games are available now at www.oaklandathletics.com or by calling 1-877-493- BALL.