- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Joe Vasile opens the scorebook and a fountain of baseball minutiae - neatly color coded in reds, greens, blues and black - comes pouring from the pages.

The mixture of numbers and words might seem like a secret code to some, but they are critical elements as Vasile relays the story of the Fayetteville SwampDogs season to listeners via an Internet broadcast.

The 22-year-old will begin his second year under the headset lending his voice and observations to SwampDogs followers as the collegiate summer league baseball team plays its season opener Tuesday at J.P. Riddle Stadium against the Morehead City Marlins.

A career in broadcasting has been Vasile’s goal since he was an 8-year-old growing up in Paramus, New Jersey, not too far from New York.

“As a compromise to get me to bed at night, my Mom allowed me to turn on the radio,” Vasile said last week while preparing for the SwampDogs opener. “I’d fall asleep with Mets baseball or Monday Night Football as the sound track.

“So, I thought, as a foolish 8-year-old, ‘Hey, all you have to do is sit and watch games and talk about sports. That’s what I want to do.’ Of course, I found out there’s a little more to it than that.”

He returns to his broadcasting duties this season, as well as assuming the role of assistant general manager.

But his main responsibility once the season begins will continue to be the game broadcast. With a new head coach and nearly new roster of players, Vasile has had plenty of homework to do and lots of notes to add to his scorebook.

Vasile enters all the normal things in his scorebook - lineups for both teams, how they’re lined up defensively and current statistics on each player. As the season progresses he’ll note any tendencies developing for the team or individuals.

What is different about Vasile’s book as opposed to a fan keeping score in the stands are the personal reminders he adds to help the broadcast run smoother, be more entertaining and informative.

“RELAX” is written in big green letters in the top right corner of one score page from 2014. Another note reminds Visale to repeat the score regularly.

“No one ever complained about someone saying the score too much,” he said.

“Another thing I’ll do is to jot down five to 10 topics in green I can go to at any time when things slow down during the game. They may not have anything to do with the game. For example, last summer the World Cup was going on, so I made some notes about what was happening and introduced that into the broadcast.”

It’s that kind of preparation Vasile hopes will eventually get him back home to a job he dreamed about as a child.

“Not to say I would not want to do the Yankees or Phillies or another team,” he said. “But being the radio guy for the Mets would be the ultimate dream job for me.”

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