Feb 16, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; ESPN television host Katie Nolan coaches during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When Katie Nolan officially announced that she was leaving ESPN, there was an outpouring of support from her peers and fellow sports media members wishing her well in what comes next.

What comes next is apparently a spot in the baseball booth with Apple.

Per a release from Apple, the first part of the doubleheader will be called by Melanie Newman, Chris Young, Hannah Keyser, and Brooke Fletcher, while the second half will be called by Stephen Nelson, Hunter Pence, Nolan, and Heidi Watney.

While it doesn’t sound like this is a long-term gig as the implication is that these booths will shift and change, the news that Apple is experimenting with some interesting media talent certainly got people excited on social media.


It certainly will be fascinating to see what Nolan brings to a baseball booth. Pairing her with Nelson and Pence is going to have plenty of baseball fans tuning in to see what kind of antics they get into while also providing commentary on the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros.

Even if this is a short-term assignment for some of these media members, it’ll be interesting to see where they go from here and if we’ll hear them back in an Apple booth later this season.

[AA, Apple]

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