Salem, VA-(WFXR) Growing up, Melanie Newman was always immersed in baseball. Her city nestles in the shadows of Turner Field and the East Cobb complex and her Bostonian mom and Texan dad attributed stories of Ted, Nolan and the greats. She became gradually involved in high school, photographing and writing for the school’s yearbook and doing everything from book keeping to grounds crew for the Perfect Game tournaments. As a student at Troy University, Melanie fully transitioned into broadcast journalism; working for the sports information department, student broadcasting network, Diamond Dolls and NASCAR Kinetics team. Through the SID, Melanie’s play-by-play debut was in women’s volleyball, adding softball and baseball in later years. Her first sideline assignment was a four-year stint covering baseball for the Atlantic Sun Conference where she fell in love with the challenge of cultivating relationships and giving a voice to athletes and the community outside the numbers. After graduation, she had a brief stint in the Texas Collegiate League before accepting a role with the Mobile BayBears to serve as a number two broadcaster, pre and post-game host, on-field host, sales associate, digital media coordinator, community coordinator and even occasionally the mascot. Melanie’s time in Mobile introduced her to the Arizona Fall League where she spent three years covering the nation’s top prospects and one season as an AFL media coordinator, managing the introduction of Tim Tebow to professional baseball. While in Arizona in 2014, she began employment with Major League Baseball’s advanced statistics department which has sent her to both Grapefruit and Cactus League spring trainings since. Advanced stats became Melanie’s full-time role in 2017, working the inaugural season at Sun Trust Park while also branching to cover Olympic sports for the ACC Network, baseball with the Big South Conference and hosting for Troy University football. Frisco, Texas became Melanie’s home in 2018, serving as the number two play-by-play broadcaster, sideline reporter for FOX Sports games and digital host for the Ranger’s AA affiliate. This season, in addition to her responsibilities with Salem, Melanie will still be reporting for the ACC, covering the Grapefruit League and the World Axe Throwing championships. She’s excited to finally “come home” and work for her Boston roots, Go Sox!
A Pittsburgh native, Suzie Cool began her baseball career back in 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a ball girl. Over the years while defending foul territory at PNC Park, she took on many other roles in the Pittsburgh sports market as well – Pittsburgh Penguins Media Relations Intern, ROOT Sports Live Production Intern, 93.7 The Fan Producer, Wheeling Nailers In-Arena Host, Pittsburgh Riverhounds In-Game Host & Reporter, Pittsburgh Pirates Co-Host, and AT&T Sports Network Social Media Coordinator – all while obtaining B.A. in Communication from Saint Vincent College and her M.A. in Media Communications from Point Park University. Prior to last season Suzie knew nothing but Pittsburgh sports until the Salem Red Sox gave her an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up. Last year she served as the teams On-Field Host and Media & Graphics Assistant; not to mention she made history as the first woman in the Carolina League to appear on a radio broadcast – making her the fourth woman in all of the Milb to break this barrier. This season Suzie will be transitioning to a new role as the new Marketing and Promotions Manager, as well as still serving as the teams On-Field Host and making select radio appearances throughout 2019 as well. Even with all of her new responsibilities, Suzie will make sure that she won’t be missing a beat in front of the camera or in the booth in order to bring the Sox fans as much entertainment and baseball knowledge as possible during her second season with the club.