Colorado Rockies fans tuning into Monday’s game against the San Diego Padres may hear a familiar voice, but in an unfamiliar role. Jenny Cavnar, who is normally one of the team’s on-field or in-studio reporters, will hop in the booth to call play-by-play.
Once Cavnar begins calling the game, she will become one of the few women to have served in that position.
From the @Rockies: Jenny Cavnar will do play-by-play for AT&T SportsNet. First woman to do play-by-play on a Rockies telecast since Gayle Gardner became the first female play-by-play announcer for a Major League team when she called a Rockies-Reds game in 1993. @DenverChannel
— Lionel Bienvenu (@lionelbienvenu) April 23, 2018
Gayle Gardner was the first female play-by-play announcer. She called a Rockies-Cincinnati Reds game in 1993. New York Yankees reporter Suzyn Waldman has also provided play-by-play at times during her career.
Cavnar will join ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza as one of the few women to provide either play-by-play or color commentary of a baseball game this season. Mendoza is the color commentator during ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” Matt Vasgersian provides play-by-play during “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcasts. He and Mendoza are also joined by former Yankee Alex Rodriguez.
Mendoza gave her support to Cavnar before Monday’s game.
— Jessica Mendoza (@jessmendoza) April 23, 2018
Former Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs, who Cavnar will be working with in the booth Monday, expressed excitement over Cavnar getting a shot, saying she is “breaking through ceilings.”
Cavnar even got to call a home run in her first game, when Nolan Arenado smashed a two-run homer in the first inning. Fire up the fountains!
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