Originally Posted by vaticanplum
No doubt, but they're still pathetically under-represented in the professional/management arena, which I think is the point of this article.
It's odd, because I for one think of baseball as the sport with the least amount of "machismo" attached, and yet women are still rarer there than almost any other sport as far as I can tell.
It was a big deal when Suzyn Waldman came to the radio in New York (the first female announcer, for the love of God), and she did a great job in my opinion. I really like the way she plays off Sterling. The article doesn't mention it, but she's a former stage actress and I think that serves her well as a broadcaster. She's smart as flip too.
MLB commissioned a blue ribbon panel report several years ago. It recommended such things as moving another tem to the NY area and a lot of other stuff. One thing that caught my eye was that it said teams should market their product more towards women for various reasons. It made a lot of sense too.
I had a chance last year to listen to Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling do a Yankees game last year when I was driving up to Columbus one evening. I thought Sterling was very good. I still do not like his Yankees win! Daaaaaa Yankees win! call but I thiught both he and Waldman did a very good job. It was kind of refreshing to hear two announcers talk about the game they were describing.
I do not disagree that women are underrepresented but sports is very much a boys club. I think it is actually very remarkable that there are as many women in the business as there are. They have it much more difficut than any other minorities do because a lot of guys who break into the front office, be it as a broadcaster or a scout or an executive do so because they played the game at the professional level. They get to know people and it becomes, no pun intended, a good old boy network.