Locker Room Talk: Baltimore Orioles' Play-By-Play Announcer Melanie Newman

From mascot to broadcaster to host to history-making play-by-play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles, Melanie Newman knows a thing or two about the benefit of being a jack-of-all-trades, being open to new opportunities and following her dreams of becoming a Major League Baseball broadcaster. 

Melanie shares with Julie Alexandria and Jennifer Mercedes that the part you don't see, is sometimes we watch our favorite sports and never realize the trials and tribulations it took for an on-air personality to land that job. 

Melanie breaks down her experience of resilience and tenacity, and goes on to say that the life of a sportscaster is more complicated than you may think. According to Melanie, "you really have to want it". 

Lastly, Melanie recognizes that there is no one size fits all story for women in sports media, but some things have still yet to change. What can MLB do to make the playing field more even, safer and better for women? Melanie has a few stories and a few ideas of where they can begin.  

Locker Room Talk is a weekly show highlighting the achievements of women and Latinas in sports. Hosted by Julie Alexandria and Jennifer Mercedes, two Latinas with more than 20 years of sports industry reporting experience, the show celebrates women in all aspects of the sports world by recognizing their contributions and the barriers they have overcome in their journeys. New episodes of Locker Room Talk debut every Wednesday on La Vida Baseball social channels.