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fan4ever 09:40 AM 07-21-2021
https://www.insidehook.com/daily_bri...male-broadcast

An All-Female MLB Broadcast Crew Shouldn’t Be a Big Deal, But It Is.

The all-women crew working the Orioles-Rays game will make history tonight
Broadcasters Melanie Newman and Suzie Cool of the Salem Red Sox, single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, prior to a Carolina League game on April 24, 2019 against the Potomac Nationals, single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, at Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, VA.
Broadcasters Melanie Newman and Suzie Cool of the Salem Red Sox, single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox

BY BONNIE STIERNBERG @AAHREALBONSTERS
Tonight, when the Baltimore Orioles take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, the broadcast team working the game will make history as the first all-female team providing coverage of an MLB game.

Melanie Newman, broadcaster for the Baltimore Orioles, will handle the play-by-play duties, while Sarah Langs will provide color commentary for MLB’s Game of the Week Live on YouTube beginning at 7 p.m. EST. Alanna Rizzo will be the game’s on-field reporter, and the pre- and post-game hosts will be Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner.

Of course, five women working an MLB game at the same time shouldn’t be a big deal in the year 2021, but it is. Baseball remains largely a boy’s club — one where women just trying to do their jobs are routinely harassed or even raped — and the fact that it’s taken this long for it to happen is, frankly, shameful.

“We’re not alone in saying that it’s surprising that it has taken this long for it to open up a little bit more in terms of diversity,” Newman told NPR.

“It’s crazy that we’re still doing all these firsts,” she continued. “I feel like that’s been most of my career has been first female this, first female that. But the good thing about it is we’re not the last.”

That’s the exciting part of all this; as frustrating as it is that it took this long for MLB broadcasting’s glass ceiling to be broken in this way, now that it’s finally happening, the door has been opened for more women to follow in their footsteps. One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, an all-female broadcast team during a baseball game won’t be noteworthy at all — it’ll be commonplace.

“I think it’s really changing, I really do believe that,” Watney said in recent appearance on CNBC’s The News with Shepard Smith. “I’m not just saying that because I’m out here as someone who kind of feels like I’m a spokesperson for MLB, being on the network side of things. I feel that, in the game, even from when I became the Red Sox reporter in 2008, until now, there’s been a big change in the game.”

There is, of course, still a long way to go. Women reporting on baseball games have often faced even harsher scrutiny than their peers handling other sports, thanks in part to the fact that most women don’t have the opportunity to play baseball (either as a kid or at an elite level), and many who grew up loving the game played softball instead. “How can they be an expert in the game if they’ve never played it?” is a common argument made by sexist idiots who fail to understand that there are scores of male MLB broadcasters whose own baseball-playing experience doesn’t extend beyond Little League or high school. The NHL, NBA and NFL have all already had all-female announcing and production teams in recent years. Factor in baseball’s very real sexual harassment problem, and it’s clear the sport is lagging behind in a big way when it comes to gender parity and overall treatment of women.

Still, representation matters, and the fact that young girls will be able to watch these women make history on YouTube tonight is inspiring. Maybe in a decade or two, they’ll be able to look back on it and marvel at how antiquated things used to be.
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InChiefsHeaven 12:25 PM 07-21-2021
I'd be pissed...if I watched baseball...
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Snopes Hammer 12:28 PM 07-21-2021
Just about any combo would be preferable to Hud and Phys calling a game together.
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InChiefsHeaven 12:30 PM 07-21-2021
Originally Posted by AdolfOliverBush:
I hated the broad that announced Mahomes' first NFL start. ****ing awful.
Yeah, I hate that style of announcing when men do it, but she was doubly awful. Thing is, I think she knows her stuff, but it's like nails on a chalkboard listening to her...
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Hammock Parties 12:32 PM 07-21-2021
Originally Posted by AdolfOliverBush:
I hated the broad that announced Mahomes' first NFL start. Fucking awful.
She was OK. Because she sounded like a man.
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Just Passin' By 12:47 PM 07-21-2021
Wokeness:


"We need more diversity in sports, no matter the makeup of the players in the sport. If the sport is 100% played by men, we still need to have women getting involved everywhere else."




also Wokeness:

"The sport is played by X% black men. So we can't have fewer than X% blacks in non-player positions, because that's a racism problem. Y% is not enough."
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BleedingRed 12:49 PM 07-21-2021
Originally Posted by AdolfOliverBush:
I hated the broad that announced Mahomes' first NFL start. Fucking awful.

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eDave 02:11 PM 07-21-2021
Originally Posted by Hammock Parties:
Why do we need women talking about a sport they don't play?

Fucking hell.
Why do we need men talking about a sport they don't play?
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cosmo20002 02:26 PM 07-21-2021
Originally Posted by chiefzilla1501:
Many baseball announcers only qualification is that they grew up a nerd for the game. Who ****ing cares as long as they know what they're talking about. It's not like football where playing or coaching the game is a huge qualification for the job. The Yankees have had a woman play by play announcer for decades and she knows her shit.
Disagree there. The play-by-play is one thing, but the 'color' guy is almost always a former player and I think it adds some insight and credibility when the comments are from someone who actually played MLB.
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BleedingRed 02:29 PM 07-21-2021
Originally Posted by cosmo20002:
Disagree there. The play-by-play is one thing, but the 'color' guy is almost always a former player and I think it adds some insight and credibility when the comments are from someone who actually played MLB.
Agreed
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Bowser 02:34 PM 07-21-2021
Originally Posted by cosmo20002:
Disagree there. The play-by-play is one thing, but the 'color' guy is almost always a former player and I think it adds some insight and credibility when the comments are from someone who actually played MLB.
Yep, and you could apply this to all sports. Collinsworth catches shit for being douchey, but I think he does fine on color. Romo too, even if he does get caught up and motormouths most times he calls a game. Trent Green was a really great listen when he would do the color on radio for Westwood One for the Thursday night games with Ian Eagle. Former players bring an insight and knowledge that can't be learned by a broadcaster.
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cosmo20002 02:38 PM 07-21-2021
Originally Posted by Snopes Hammer:
Just about any combo would be preferable to Hud and Phys calling a game together.
I don't usually care too much about the announcers...except when they are really bad, and Phys is pretty bad.
Hud is unusual but has grown on me. Lefebvre keeps him in check and together, they're not a bad team. When it's Hud and Phys, Hud dominates, and that's not a good role for him.
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AdolfOliverBush 02:39 PM 07-21-2021
While we're on the topic of announcers, I just want to say "**** Joe Buck" again for completely ruining Damien Williams' final TD in Super Bowl LIV. It makes me cringe to this day.

It remains the single worst example of announcing I've ever seen during a major sporting event.
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Bowser 02:42 PM 07-21-2021
Originally Posted by AdolfOliverBush:
While we're on the topic of announcers, I just want to say "**** Joe Buck" again for completely ruining Damien Williams' final TD in Super Bowl LIV. It makes me cringe to this day.

It was the single worst example of announcing I've ever seen during a major sporting event.
Oh yes. You could feel Joe Buck the 49ers Fan's soul crack in two as Williams ran down the sideline. He didn't inject any emotion until Williams was taking his victory lap in the end zone. Just awful.
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AdolfOliverBush 02:47 PM 07-21-2021
Originally Posted by Bowser:
Oh yes. You could feel Joe Buck the 49ers Fan's soul crack in two as Williams ran down the sideline. He didn't inject any emotion until Williams was taking his victory lap in the end zone. Just awful.
I'm glad this exists.


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displacedinMN 10:12 PM 07-21-2021
If no one makes a big deal about it-They do not feel special.

so no Validation
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