MLB: Only women! All-female broadcast team to make history

MLB Only women All female broadcast team to make history

This Tuesday, when the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles Hit the field in St. Petersburg, Major League Baseball’s first all-female broadcast team will take the mics for the MLB Game of the Week live on YouTube.

Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner act as co-hosts for the pre and post game shows, and Sarah Langs (analyst), Melanie Newman (play-by-play) and Alanna Rizzo (reporter) They will be in charge of the tasks of transmission of the game:

The news that made history came as a surprise to most of the women, who simply checked their schedules and went about their days. It wasn’t until a public relations representative from the network asked for a comment before they realized what it meant to be part of this group.

The moment has not gone unnoticed by these women, and each expressed how honored she is to be a part of such a historic occasion for baseball. Although, as Rizzo pointed out, this opportunity was not given to them as “clickbait”.

The first broadcast of its kind will be streamed live on YouTube, making the game accessible to all fans. Girls and boys will be able to watch the story while enjoying a baseball game. That’s what draws everyone in, as Watney pointed out: Every one of the five women featured on the broadcast and every fan who watches is there because they love baseball.

As many “firsts” for women continue to rise across sports, being a part of one is an important moment for Langs, who joked that she couldn’t rate this moment, not because it wasn’t among the best of her career, but because she it is bad at classifying things.

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Newman is no stranger to first-time moments, including his YouTube debut on June 22. Most of her career she has had the “first woman to do it” kind of attribution. While the Orioles announcer appreciates these opportunities, she hopes, like all the women on the broadcast, that a typical day at the office isn’t a headline.

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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