ESPN to air all-female MLB show starring Melanie Newman and Jess Mendoza
Melanie Newman made history on July 21 when she and four others (Sarah Langs, Alanna Rizzo, Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner) became the first all-girls broadcast team for a Major League Baseball game.
Newman, the play-by-play announcer that night, will now be an ESPN first. The network revealed on Tuesday that she and longtime baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza would call a game on September 29, making the duo the first woman to broadcast only an MLB, NFL or NBA game.
âHonestly, every posting is just another page,â Newman told CNN Business. “I feel lucky to be the one who has this chance, it is our responsibility until there are no more firsts and it is just a level playing field for all the qualified professionals who find themselves. be different. “
Mendoza, a Latina and former New York Mets special adviser, said representation in baseball is important.
âFor young girls, women and Latinas, hearing a voice that represents them has such a big impact not only for sport to expand its audience, but also to continue to expand opportunities for more young girls, women and Latinas to do the same. She told CNN Business.
The September 29 contest that Newman and Mendoza will be calling has yet to be announced.
Newman rose through the ranks in the minor leagues and first called the Baltimore Orioles games in 2020, becoming one of five women in that role. Mendoza has been with ESPN since 2007 and was a color commentator on Sunday Night Baseball following her career as a two-time Olympic softball medalist.
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