Who is Heidi Watney?
Heidi Watney was born on 19 May 1981, in Fresno, California USA, to her mother who was a reporter, and father who served with the US Army, spending time in Vietnam. She is a sportscaster, best known for being a reporter as well as a host for the MLB Network. She previously worked for other popular sports television stations such as the New England Sports Network, and Time Warner Cable SportsNet based in Los Angeles.
The Riches of Heidi Watney
How rich is Heidi Watney? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $250,000, earned through a successful career in sports journalism. She’s also worked on radio, and has appeared in music videos as well. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Very little information is known about Heidi’s childhood and her family. It is known that she was very active and interested in sports at a young age, and attended Clovis West High School where she participated in numerous sports activities, including track and field, mainly focusing on hurdles. She also did diving and gymnastics, aside from which she participated in the school’s cheerleading team.
After matriculating from high school, she became a National Merit Scholar, which is a scholarship funded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or NMSC, and is given to the highest achieving students from 22,000 high schools. This allowed her to enroll at the University of San Diego, where she continued to excel in academics and graduated with honors in 2003. Afterwards, she competed at the Miss California USA pageant where she was a first runner-up behind the winner Tarah Peters who would later marry Heidi’s co-worker, former Major League Baseball (MLB) player Eric Byrnes
Sports Broadcasting Career
Watney began her sports broadcasting career with the Boston Red Sox organization, serving as an on-field reporter for the Boston-based regional New England Sports Network (NESN), a joint venture of the Fenway Sports Group and Delaware North. Aside from the Red Sox, the groups also own the Liverpool Football Club, and the Boston Bruins hockey team. They are the primary broadcasters of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins, serving as the exclusive home for all games not televised by a national network.
During her time there, she served as the host of shows including “The Ultimate Red Sox Show”, and “The Red Sox Reports”. She also served with the radio station ESPN Radio 1430 KFIG, and did weekend sports anchor duties for the Fresno based station KMPH-TV. In 2011, she decided to leave NESN to take a position with the upcoming regional Time Warner Cable SportsNet as a sideline reporter. The network would later be renamed to Spectrum SportsNet, and controls content mainly focused on the National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Los Angeles Lakers.
— Heidi Watney (@HeidiWatney) October 27, 2018
Heidi only decided to stay with Time Warner Cable SportsNet for a year, leaving the company in 2012 to join the MLB Network. As the name denotes, the channel is dedicated to professional baseball and is primarily owned by MLB, with headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey in the facility that also houses the NHL Network. The network is being handled by President Rob McGlarry who is the second president of the network since it its inception. According to reports, the channel is available to over 69 million households in the US.
Heidi’s work with the channel includes the show “Quick Pitch” which she joined in 2013, and has since appeared in most episodes of the weeknight show, which focuses on baseball games of the previous night, usually showcasing highlights that feature television or radio announcers’ call of the game. She was very active until 2018 when she missed the first half of the season, later revealed that she took maternity leave during this period. She also appeared in the music video entitled “Going Out in Style” by Dropkick Murphy, which is an American Celtic punk band.
For her personal life, it’s known that Heidi was previously in a relationship with professional baseball pitcher Jacob Edward Peavy, but that ended after a few months. In 2008, she had a relationship with another former professional baseball player Jason Varitek, which caught a lot of attention as he had just separated from his wife of 10 years, but that connection was also short-lived. The following year, she was spotted with another player, Nick Green – they also had a brief relationship.
In 2014 it was confirmed that she had married Mike Wickham, who is the Miami Marlins Director of Baseball Operations. Their wedding took place in Edgewater, New Jersey and they had their honeymoon at Bora Bora. They had a child born in 2018 hence her maternity leave.
Sports runs in the family, as she is the cousin of professional golfer Nick Watney who is known to have won the 2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship, and was a former top ten member of the Official World Golf Ranking during that year.