Visalia, CA Since the departure of 2017 & 2018 Rawhide Broadcaster, Vinnie Longo, after accepting a marketing position with the University of San Francisco athletic department, the Rawhide have been in search of the next "voice" of the team.
The team announced today that the voice will sound a bit differently than it has in the past: Jill Gearin will take to the booth during the 2019 season. Gearin will be the first female broadcaster in the 73 year history of the Visalia ballclub, and she will become the 3rd female broadcaster in all of Minor League Baseball's 160 teams across the United States & Canada.
Gearin, a native of Hermosa Beach, CA, went to Emerson College in Boston and graduated with a Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Sports Communications with a Marketing Communications emphasis while playing softball for the college & serving as Team Captain her Senior year.
While attending school, Gearin took an internship with the Pawtucket Red Sox MiLB team in Rhode Island, as well as spent time working for USA Softball of Massachusetts. This year Gearin has been spending the baseball season as an intern in the broadcast booth of the Boston Red Sox.
Gearin stated, "I'm grateful to the Rawhide organization for the opportunity to join the staff and am excited to be part of a baseball club with such a rich history. I hope to share my love of baseball with the fans and the Visalia community."
Visalia is no stranger to females working in the male-dominated industry. Team General Manager, Jennifer Reynolds, is one of only five female GMs in Minor League Baseball. "Jill has been a pleasure to get to know, and I am really looking forward to working with her and being a part of her journey as a career Broadcaster. I can already tell that Jill has a sincere passion for the game, a next-to-none work ethic, and a heart for giving back to the community. She's going to fit in great with our staff here in Visalia!"
Gearin is currently finishing out the Red Sox season in Boston, and will join the team in Visalia on January 1st.
About the Visalia Rawhide The Visalia Rawhide are a professional baseball team in the Class 'A' Advanced California League and are the only professional sports team in Tulare and Kings counties. On April 4th, 2019; the Rawhide will open their 73nd year of play, and 13th as an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rawhide will be defending their 2018 Northern Division Championship, and look to continue providing competitive baseball and affordable family entertainment. To be a part of the 2019 Visalia Rawhide season, please contact the Visalia Rawhide Ticket Office at 559.732.4433, visit us online at rawhidebaseball.com, or follow us on Facebook (TheRawhide), Instagram (@VisaliaRawhide), and Twitter (@VisaliaRawhide).
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