ROOT Sports changed things up for yesterday’s Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers matchup and it was rather groundbreaking. They went with a Players Broadcast so Angie Mentink, Mike Blowers, and Dan Wilson were running the show.
Angie Mentink has been with the Seattle Mariners ever since I can remember and she certainly deserved the opportunity to call a game. Mentink joins an impressive group of women who have broken the barrier, including Jessica Mendoza, and Melanie Newman.
Angie Mentink received a lot of praise from Seattle Mariners fans
I watched most of the Seattle Mariners game and I have to say, Angie Mentink sounded like a regular. It was great to scroll through social media and read a lot of positive posts about Mentink’s broadcasting.
Angie Mentink is the right person for the job
I don’t think anyone is really surprised that Angie sounded fantastic last night. She has been around the game for so long, and it’s about time that she received an opportunity to call a Seattle Mariners game.
Not only has she been a report and anchor, she actually played baseball and softball. Mentink started her collegiate softball career at Central Arizona College and was an All-American two times. She helped the team win two NJCAA National Championships as well.
After two years at Central Arizona, she transferred to the University of Washington and played on the inaugural Huskies softball team. Mentink was the first UW softball player to earn All-Pac 10 and All-American honors. On top of that, her single-season records for batting average, stolen bases, and career batting average still stand to this day. And in 2001, Angie Mentink was the first softball player inducted into the UW Hall of Fame.
After her collegiate career, she has an opportunity to play for the US Olympic Softball team but decided to play for the Colorado Silver Bullets instead. The Silver Bullets were the first women’s professional baseball team since 1954 and played men’s semi-pro teams around the country.
All that being said, Angie Mentink knows every little thing about baseball and has the TV experience. It’s time for her to get more opportunities and yesterday was the first step.