Better Know A Broadcaster: Jill Gearin

With baseball paused for the foreseeable future, Baseball America has decided to introduce you to some of the men and women who work as broadcasters for each club.

What Is Your Name?

Jill Gearin

Which Team Do You Work For?

Visalia Rawhide

Which Other Baseball Teams Have You Broadcasted For?

Nashua Silver Knights of the NECBL

What Other Sports Have You Broadcasted?

Basketball and volleyball

Who Is Your Favorite MLB Broadcaster Of All Time?

I loved listening to Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy growing up at Red Sox fan.

Where Is Your Favorite Road City?

I didn’t get to go on every road trip and didn’t get to explore a lot. However, I did explore wineries outside Stockton with former Ports broadcaster, Zack Bayrouty. Hopefully I can give you a better answer next year. 

What Is Your Career Highlight?

Calling the 2019 championship game. One of the top Diamondbacks prospects hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th to break a 41-year championship drought.

What Unseen Parts Of The Job Do You Feel People Should Know About?

I have many other job responsibilities other than broadcasting and some of them have to happen during a 90-second inning break. Here is a list of things I might need to do during that break:

-Finish filling out my scorecard

-Live-tweet the game

-Check with the official scorekeeper on a play

-Help with StatCast 

-Figure out which players are entering the game

What’s Your Best Story From The Road?

Despite not going on the road often, I actually have a few good stories. My favorite is after a day game in San Jose when the entire team got tickets to a San Francisco 49ers preseason game. Some things you need to know: We were taking the bus to Modesto that night and  we were already checked out of the hotel. We walked the mile from the hotel to the stadium.

When I got there I remembered you can’t bring purses into a NFL stadium, but I couldn’t walk back to the hotel because all of the tickets were on one coach’s phone. I couldn’t just skip the game because then I would have to sit outside the bus alone for 3-plus hours. So, I decided to sacrifice my designer purse. I took out my wallet, keys, etc. and threw out the rest. Seeing the game with the team was worth it. 

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