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On August 19th fastpitch softball legend and Califon, New Jersey native Michele Smith became the first female analyst to cover a nationally broadcast Major League Baseball game. During the Braves-Dodgers contest on TBS Michele joined fellow analyst and former All-Star Brave pitcher John Smoltz and play-by-play commentator Ernie Johnson.
Michele won two Olympic gold medals in softball as a member of the US National Team in 1996 and 2000. She grew up in the Hunterdon County city of Califon. She attended Voorhees High School in Glen Gardner where she broke many softball records. She was inducted into the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1998.
According to Timothy Burke of Deadspin.com although the broadcast was met with many positive comments on Twitter most tweets were chauvinistic. Seems there is still a bias against women covering male dominated sports. Too bad as woman like Michele can offer analysis just as good as any male. We wish her the best in the future and hope she gets the opportunity to shine again soon.
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