Salem Red Sox have baseball’s first all-female broadcast booth

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Last April, Jenny Cavnar called play-by-play for the Rockies, becoming at least the third woman to call televised play-by-play for a major league team. The others are Gayle Gardner (Rockies, 1993) and Suzyn Waldman (Yankees, mid-1990’s). Jessica Mendoza is part of ESPN’s broadcast booth for Sunday Night Baseball as well, though she obviously does not do play-by-play.

The Salem Red Sox, the organization’s High-A affiliate, announced on Wednesday that it will have baseball’s first all-female broadcast booth for the 2019 season. Suzie Cool and new hire Melanie Newman will share broadcasting duties. Their first night working together will be on April 23.

As Salem’s announcement points out, the only other women calling games in the minor leagues are Kirsten Karbach (Phillies; Double A Reading), Emma Tiedemann (Royals; Single-A Lexington), and Jill Gearin (Diamondbacks; High-A Visalia).

Kudos to the Salem Red Sox for helping put women in the broadcast booth. Baseball broadcasting still remains largely the domain of white men, so breaking up the monotony is a welcome change. Hopefully more teams, major league and minor league, make the same effort to diversify their broadcast booths.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.