A’s hire Jenny Cavnar as first female primary play-by-play announcer in MLB

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Jenny Cavnar continues to climb the broadcasting ranks, and this time, she’s making history in her new gig as the Oakland A’s play-by-play announcer.

The A’s announced Cavnar’s hiring Tuesday, making her the first female primary play-by-play voice in MLB history.

“It is a dream come true to join the broadcast team for the Oakland A’s and their rich baseball history,” Cavnar said in a statement. “Growing up the daughter of a baseball coach, I have loved the game from a young age, along with the stories, history, and relationships the game provides.”

Cavnar will work alongside NBC Sports California color commentator Dallas Braden, who welcomed her to the broadcast booth in a video on social media.

“I could not be more excited to roll up the sleeves and get to work with somebody who I have known for a very long time,” Braden said. “You’re going to love her insight. You’re going to love her energy, and I could not be more honored to sit next to the first woman in baseball history to assume the role of play-by-play announcer.”

Cavnar heads to Oakland after working as a Colorado Rockies reporter, backup play-by-play announcer and pregame and postgame host over the past 12 years.

In April 2018, she became the first woman in 25 years to call TV play-by-play for an MLB game when the Rockies hosted the San Diego Padres. It was a fitting first game for her to call since Cavnar previously covered the San Diego Padres as a reporter and anchor for nearly five years.

Cavnar also calls men’s and women’s college basketball and has previously covered the Anaheim Ducks and San Diego State University athletics.

(Photo: Sam Wasson / Getty Images)

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