Sidetracked: The Midwest’s Own Major Leaguer Trenni Kusnierek (2 of 2)


By: Melissa S. Wollering

To read Part 1 of  this two-part series on Trenni, click here.

The velocity of a pitched baseball is about 8 miles per hour faster as it leaves the pitcher’s hand than when it reaches home plate, regardless of the initial speed of the pitch. Reaching back to the depths of your high school physics class, the obvious reason for that is the front of the pitcher’s plate is always 60 feet from the rear-most point of home plate in the majors.

Another predictable journey home is the one Trenni Kusnierek makes regardless of where she is covering baseball during the adventure that is training, regular and post-season. New Jersey is first; it’s the location of MLB Network studios. Road trips may take this MLB Network Reporter to any corner of the country where one of her 30 teams resides.  Still, rounding home means heading back to Wisconsin; a base from which Trenni literally surrounds herself with family and close friends.

“I’m very lucky to have extremely flexible and understanding managers at the Network,” says Kusnierek.  “I make my home in Milwaukee, which means when I am home, I’m HOME.  The pace is perfect.”

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Sidetracked: The Midwest’s Own Major Leaguer Trenni Kusnierek (1 of 2)

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By: Melissa S. Wollering

Cole Hamels just gave up a solo homer to Andre Ethier and it’s only the first.  It’s 63 degrees out, but he’s visibly sweating. Game 5 of the NLCS will do that to you. Trenni’s head is filled with stats. If she could just double-check his ERA and games pitched during the ’08 playoffs versus the ’09 postseason so far.

Manny’s now at the plate. She sends off a quick email to MLB Network support staff. Manny singles on a line drive to Werth in right…yikes.  Wait, new message notification. The answer to the Hamels question!

Covering 30 teams is a far cry from one; good thing some of the best researchers in sports TV are listening. See, they’re at her service. All the while, she still refers to Wisconsin as HOME in all caps. You still hear her on 1250 WSSP in Milwaukee. You still catch her volunteering as a tutor on the city’s Southside. We, too, are happy to be at Trenni Kusnierek’s service. The only difference: the rest of baseball is catching on. [Read more…]