MLB Network hiring Heidi Watney?

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Heidi Watney, the former California beauty queen turned NESN reporter, and Lakers sideline journalist is possibly close to landing a new gig. And it’s not with the WWL, which she came close to signing with recently.

The Big Lead reports that “multiple sources” are saying she’s rumored to have accepted a job at the baseball only cable network.

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VIDEO: SportsCenter’s Lisa Kerney has major struggles with soccer graphic

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Former MLB Network personality Lisa Kerney was hired by ESPN in February. The New York based Kerney moved from the CBS affiliate in NYC to Bristol. She is married to former Seattle Seahawks player Patrick Kerney.

Previously, Kerney was at KING-TV in Seattle (October 2005-10) serving as weekend sports anchor and Northwest Sports Tonight host. She was also responsible for The Jim Mora Show, which aired after every Seattle Seahawks game. Patrick Kerney played in Seattle from 2007-09. Right when Lisa Kerney was covering the team. The couple was married in early 2010.

Obviously American football is her thing, not World football, as you can see from the segment below:

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Sox fans, watch MLB Network “The Club” Tonight!

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To see what Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham had to say about The Club, and if he’ll watch it or not, check out my exclusive with him here

I’ve always said that Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen would make the best reality star a television producer could ever imagine; mostly because everyday he already does what pretty much every reality “star” does- exaggerate his behavior for the cameras. It’s called the Hawthorne Effect- people change who they really are when they know they’re being watched. And that’s a vital part of Ozzie’s charm and charisma.

After he’s done addressing the media 2.5 hours before the start of each game in the dugout, the cameras and microphones are turned off, and then the fun REALLY begins: the true genius of Ozzie’s personality comes out.

Don’t believe me? Well, remember his extending his arms out wide gesture (to say hey, send the fat guy in to pitch) when signalling to the pen for closer Bobby Jenks? That hilariously over-the-top act happened in the World Series, when the lights were the brightest. And now MLB Network is giving him another stage.

By Paul M. Banks

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Gordon Beckham isn’t Excited about watching MLB Network’s Reality Series

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Sunday night at 9ET, MLB Network will premiere it’s long awaited reality series “The Club” centering around the Chicago White Sox, most specifically Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, GM Kenny Williams and Manager Ozzie Guillen. I can’t wait to see how this series, narrated by Chicago native Michael Clarke Duncan, will highlight the interactions of these three strong personalities. It’s finally here- almost!

But White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham doesn’t have any intentions of watching the show. Neither do his teammates according to him.

By Paul M. Banks

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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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