Hazel Mae

Hazel Mae Barker (born April 7, 1970), known professionally as Hazel Mae, is a Filipino-Canadian sportscaster. She was the former lead anchor for the New England Sports Network's SportsDesk news program and most recently the anchor on MLB Network. Mae worked for Sportsnet until 2004, when she left to work for NESN SportsDesk. Mae returned on November 14, 2011.[2] Mae grew up in Toronto and began her sports broadcasting career hosting a sports update show on campus at York University.

Hazel Mae
Born
Hazel Mae Cagulada

April 7, 1970 (age 49)
EducationYork University
OccupationSportscaster
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Kevin Barker

Broadcast career

Rogers Sportsnet

Hazel Mae anchored the morning edition of Sportsnetnews on Rogers Sportsnet, one of Canada’s all-sports networks. In addition to her duties on Sportsnetnews, Mae was the host of JZone, a weekly magazine show dedicated to all things Toronto Blue Jays, also owned by Rogers. Mae began her tenure at Rogers Sportsnet providing sports updates to Rogers Sportsnet radio affiliates throughout Ontario. In 2002, she and two fellow Sportsnet co-workers posed in lingerie in Urban Male Magazine.

NESN

Mae subsequently moved to Boston, where she became the lead anchor for NESN's SportsDesk from December, 2004, to June, 2008. She also hosted The Ultimate Red Sox Show, NESN’s Red Sox week-in-review program and The Buzz, the Boston Bruins top-ten in-season show. On June 2, 2008, NESN announced Mae would be leaving the network at the end of the month and she made her final Sportsdeck broadcast on June 28.[3] During her tenure at NESN, her popularity was reflected by her nomination to be considered for the first president of Red Sox Nation.[4] The position eventually went to Jerry Remy.[5]

MLB Network

In August 2008, it was announced that Mae would become a reporter on MLB Network.[6] Since 2009, she has appeared on Hot Stove, MLB Tonight, 30 Clubs in 30 Days, and Quick Pitch for the channel. In 2011, she became host of a new program, The Rundown, along with Matt Yaloff.

Return to Sportsnet

On September 19, 2011 it was announced that Hazel would leave MLB Network and return to Sportsnet.[7][8] It was announced on-air during the Toronto Maple Leafs game on November 3 that she debuted on November 14, as anchor of the 6pm edition of Sportsnet Connected. Mae anchored the 6pm edition of the show until July 1, 2015, when the 6pm edition was replaced by Tim & Sid. She currently works on Sportsnet broadcasts of Toronto Blue Jays games.

Personal life

She is married to former Major League Baseball first baseman Kevin Barker.[9]

On April 26, 2013, former Toronto Maple Leafs President and GM Brian Burke filed a lawsuit against 18 individuals who anonymously posted on websites claims that the real reason he was fired from the Leafs was for allegedly having an affair with Mae and fathering her child. Burke said the claims were false and defamatory and, despite the costs which deter most victims of false statements on the internet, he would seek court orders disclosing the names of those involved.[10]

References

  1. ^ Hazel Mae works out for her baby – and herself Globe and Mail
  2. ^ "Hazel Mae reconnects with Sportsnet". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. September 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Chad Finn (2008-06-03). "Mae, NESN will part ways". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
  4. ^ "Celebrity Nominations". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  5. ^ "Jerry Remy wins election as President of Red Sox Nation". MLB.com. 2007-10-03. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  6. ^ Jessica Heslam (2008-08-30). "Hazel Mae will pitch for the MLB Network". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  7. ^ Ken Fang (2011-09-19). "BREAKING: Hazel Mae Leaves MLB Network For Rogers Sportsnet". Fang's Bites. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  8. ^ Dowbiggin, Bruce. "Hazel Mae reconnects with Sportsnet". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  9. ^ Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa with Megan Johnson (2011-01-20). "Sorry fellas, Hazel Mae's hitch". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  10. ^ Jessica McDiarmid (April 27, 2013). "Former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke files defamation lawsuit over Internet 'lies'". Toronto: Toronto Star. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
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