Beloit Snapper’s PA announcer a rarity in baseball

Scaffidi is one of three female PA announcers in baseball
Beloit Snapper’s PA announcer a rarity in baseball

If you head down to Beloit for a Snappers game this summer, chances are you’ll see a pretty good baseball team.

For the first time in five years, the Minnesota Twins Class A affiliate has clinched a playoff spot in the Midwest league. But there’s another reason to head down to the border.

The new voice of the Snappers is a refreshing change of pace and breaking new ground.

For the first time in the Snappers’ 31-year history, they have a female public-address announcer.

Chrissy Scaffidi, who is 23, is the director of media and public relations for the team.

“(When) I got here they said, ‘Oh, by the way, for the games you do PA.’ And I was like, ‘Oh OK, I got this,'” said Scaffidi.

Scaffidi’s upbeat attitude serves her well. She gets to the park at by 8:30 a.m. for a 7 p.m. game. She does stats for the coaches, game notes, manages the website and then announces the game, leaving by midnight if she’s lucky.

“Working in the minors is a grind; as a girl you feel like you have to prove yourself,” she said.

Just to show you how rare Scaffidi is, there are 190 teams between the majors and the minors and only three, including the Snappers, have a female PA announcer.

“Women are good people. We have great voices. It’s the same as broadcasting. Why can’t we do PA? We can,” she explains. “It’s hard because you are a woman walking into a club house with 30 guys that are the same age, but if you show them that you are here to do your job, they respect.”

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Scaffidi is a one-woman show. During the games she plays all the music using two laptops, keep stats and writes the game summary.

“I don’t want to just come in and think ‘Oh I am the first female so I can do whatever I want.’ I wanted them to respect me as a professional,” she says.

Scaffidi’s first few days behind the microphone did provide some teaching — and laughing — moments when she forgot to turn her mic off.

“I was nervous, and I was like, ‘Man, I could really use a margarita to take the edge off.’ And all of a sudden people turn and look to me and like, ‘Did she just say that?’ And I’m like, ‘Can they hear me?'” she said, laughing.

All kidding aside, Scaffidi feels she is improving and setting a strong example for the rest of baseball to follow.

“If you’re professional from the get-go and give them no reason to doubt you, it works,” she said.  

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