Hazel Mae Rumored To Be Next MLB Network Hire

Friday, August 01, 2008

Hazel Mae had been busy blogging over at Sawxheads, but apparently she'll need to pack up soon and report to the MLB Network. The ex-NESN anchor has long been rumored to have something on the back burner and according to USA Today, the MLB-N is it....

After joining NESN in 2004, she covered the Red Sox, anchored NESN's SportsDesk, and hosted the Ultimate Red Sox Show and The Buzz. She left in June, according to NESN. Her contract expires at the end of this summer.

One possible landing spot is MLB Network, baseball's new 24-7, cable channel which is staffing up for its Jan. 1 national launch. The network is expected to reach more than 50 million homes across the country and air live games on Saturday nights.

Mae could not be reached. Susan Lipton, Mae's agent and senior director of broadcasting at IMG, says MLB Network is one of many outlets with a possible interested in her client. Mae asked NESN not to pick up her option, she says, and NESN granted her wish. "Hazel wants to stay within sports and explore other opportunities," Lipton says.

MLB Network executives declined comment.
I mistakenly thought that Bostonians loved the NESN reporter when she left, but a lot of people couldn't stand her. There are/were a ton of rumors about her love life as well which seemed to over shadow her work as a broadcaster. It's been rumored that she wouldn't work for a team/network that wouldn't let her to so (i.e. leaving Toronto) and her dating list includes Ricky Davis, ex-Blue Jay Kevin Barker and ESPN's Steve Levy.

It'll be an interesting hire to say the least.

After New England run, broadcaster Mae set to make her move (USA Today)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 11:14 AM

9 Comments:

does the mlb network have stripper poles?

Steve M said...
Aug 1, 2008, 11:31:00 AM  

Steve Levy? What a bizarre sexual conquest.

GMoney said...
Aug 1, 2008, 11:38:00 AM  

Interesting.

I have no personal knowledge of Hazel Mae's competence, as I don't get NESN, but she is good looking. I'm glad to see that the MLB is doing this network right (unlike their handling of other aspects of the sport). The quickest way to build a viewer base and develop credibility is to hire recognizable names: all Red Sox fans are familiar with Hazel Mae, and I'd say she's got a fair amount of name recognition amongst those us who aren't Sox fans but follow the goings-on of the sport closely.

James said...
Aug 1, 2008, 11:52:00 AM  

Hazel Mae is bunk

Anonymous said...
Aug 1, 2008, 12:23:00 PM  

First Hazel..then Manuel Ramirez Professional Hitter. Who's next? Wally? The Pesky Pole?

Monty said...
Aug 1, 2008, 5:40:00 PM  

Enough about personal lives and who she dated. Hazel Mae did an excellent job for the Red Sox and NESN. She has a solid sports background from Toronto and knew her stuff. Good looks are a fine edition, but give her credit from the neck up please. She would be welcome in any good sports market

Anonymous said...
Aug 9, 2008, 5:19:00 PM  

Lies! Hazel has been dating Kevin for over two years now. All of the other names are just BS rumors. It never ceases to amaze me what people make up about Hazel. Why didn't you mention Millar or Tito or maybe another one of the dozens of people that she allegedly dated? Hazel is a sweet person that keeps to herself and is nothing but overly friendly to every fan that approaches her. Stop making something out of nothing.

480Arsenal said...
Sep 3, 2008, 9:44:00 PM  

Jason Varitek?

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