Heidi Watney, today, has officially rejuvenated her baseball sideline reporter career via the news that she’ll be joining the MLB Network. The former Boston Red Sox sideline reporter confirmed the news via a tweet this afternoon, saying she’ll join the network as a studio host and reporter.
She’ll start in January.
The sports media gossip hounds at The Big Lead had Watney pegged for a job at ESPN, but it seems their mole was wrong back in August. It was about a year ago when Watney broke our hearts when she announced her Sox departure for a gig with Time Warner and the Lakers.
According to the Boston Globe, her departure wasn’t a huge disappointment for NESN.
While she was popular with viewers and handled her role with increased capability each year on NESN, the University of San Diego graduate admitted to occasional homesickness for the other coast while she was in Boston. Her eventual departure was not greeted with disappointment by some co-workers who found her difficult.
With Fox hiring Erin Andrews, there is now an over-30 baseball sideline reporter arms race. Watney is 31; Andrews is 34.