So, the Red Sox broadcasting network NESN pulls out Jenny Dell from her sideline reporting due her dating situation with 3B Will Middlebrooks.
She took the news well, as she has stated no ill will toward the move via Twitter:
Which leads me to address one issue which seems odd: Via Boston.Com, it appears that many people in the organization were aware of the relationship long before this reassignment. If there was a precedent or if they considered the relationship a distraction, why did they let it persist?
It wasn’t like the Red Sox weren’t trying to win the East and make a serious playoff run. And it wasn’t like Will Middlebrooks production was good enough to let it slide. The article does however make a point that this “demotion/promotion” comes around the same time Jenny Dell was considering joining the new Fox Sports One team:
While it’s very hard to believe that their relationship was breaking news to NESN management, it certainly appears as though Dell’s status has been affected by either the backlash to that or perhaps her desire to work elsewhere. There was mutual interest between Dell and Fox Sports 1, though that appears to be in a holding pattern.
The point is that: if the Red Sox cared, they would’ve done something about this long ago. They had too much at stake that if there was a rule in place of media/player relationships, this would’ve been handled in-house rather than push this demotion out so blatantly. So this move looks more to be a re-organizing in preparation for another Red Sox reporter to head for bigger/national pastures.
The NESN Sideline Reporter Development System
The Red Sox seem to be a broadcast farm system cultivating beautiful women to join up with bigger networks once they brand themselves as the Red Sox hottie that will keep you interested in a 7-2 lead against the Mariners with Dubront on the mound.
It begin with Tina Cervasio reporting for the Sox up until around 2008/2009, when she left for New York after gaining a great reputation with a great voice, succinct interviews, a great smile, and a good amount of reporting analysis when she did her interview rounds with WEEI.
She was married, so there weren’t rumors of her and anyone else but her husband and family, which being close to them was one of the main reasons she left NESN.
Along with Cervasio was the beautiful Hazel Mae. Her demeanor was always conservative a the lead NESN baseball anchor, but her look was too good to be ignored. he had a huge following, to the point you had people posting horrible love songs to her (also, this video is numbered in the 5-digits, meaning its one of the earliest Vimeo videos ever created):
There were rumors about her dating players, even the one rumor that she was having an affair with former skipper Terry Francona. She was probably the first woman in the Red Sox sideline report farm system to have forum topics dedicated to her personal life. Even though it was hard to see her and Cervasio leave, then came #1 pick in the draft…
All Rise for the Great and Majestic Heidi Watney