Meredith “Mara” Marakovits is an American sports commentator, who works for YES Network as a clubhouse reporter. She mostly owes her popularity to her reports for the baseball team the New York Yankees.
Early life, family, background education
Meredith was born in Walnutport, Pennsylvania, US, on 22 July 1983 to parents Dan Marakovits, who is a former baseball player and also a coach, and Sara Marakovits. Besides, Meredith has got two brothers, one of whom, Dan, also was a baseball player and coach in a high school.
As a child, Meredith was very self-assured and her childhood, which went by in the same town where she was born, was comfortable and pleasant. As for sports, she has always been keen on them and very active in this field.
Meredith attended Central Catholic High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she liked to participate in sport games and competitions and, after her matriculation, she was granted a scholarship for La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to play volleyball at the NCAA Division 1 level. Therefore, she went to University and in 2005 she graduated as a Bachelor in Communication and Marketing.
Meredith, who has been active since 2008, was always interested in journalism and in sports, and she wanted to be a broadcaster.
Her parents, however, thought that it would be a good idea if she had a second plan, as they believed that it would be very difficult for her to make progress in such a competitive and tough area. Notwithstanding her parents’ advice, she carried on with her vocation because she was convinced that having a backup plan would have only meant that she was not good enough to be a broadcaster.
She started her career in Allentown, Pennsylvania, working as a sideline reporter and as a pre-and post-game host for the Lehig Valley Iron Pigs Television Network.
Then she worked for two sports divisions of the Service Cable TV and Communications, also as a sideline reporter, for their programs of football games both at school and college.
In 2010, she started her activity as a reporter for ESPN Radio, covering the games of the Yankees in New York, US. Moreover, she made contributions to different programs, such as the Daily News Live and the Wheelhouse.
A huge opportunity came to her in 2012, when she was called to take the place of Kim Jones at the YES Network, where she was very well received both by the organization and the players.
An important part of her work is talking to the players as soon as the game finishes. In that respect, her interview to Derek Jeter on September 2014 is a breaking point in her career, because she was the first woman to do this.
At present, she continues working for YES Network. She covers pre-game shows, interviews the Yankees´ players after the games, makes reports on the team, and she also makes live television broadcasts of the games. Apart from that, the contributions she constantly makes to the Yankees´ website are of vital importance.
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are an American baseball team from the borough of the Bronx, in New York City.
They are one of the two baseball teams of New York City that play in the Major League Baseball (MLB) –the other one is the New York Mets.
The Yankees started as a team in 1901 under the name of the Baltimore Orioles. Then, in 1903, this name was changed to the New York Highlanders and finally, in 1913, they were renamed the New York Yankees They are now usually called the Yankees or the Yanks for short, and they are also known as the Bronx Bombers or the Pinstripes.
Personal life, husband
There exists little information about Meredith private life because, in spite of being a popular and famous personality, she prefers to maintain it separated from her public life.
As regards her romantic relationships, she has never spoken to the media about her boyfriends, although there have been several rumours which said that she was married and even pregnant, but they proved to be false. Meredith remains single despite the fact that, because of her stunning personality and beauty, many men would be interested in dating her, and there is no evidence of any romantic relationship.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Meredith has spent a huge part of her life on the sports field and on television. However, during the Covid-19 pandemic, she stayed in the house that she owns in Clearwater, Florida, US and worked from there.
In her free time she likes to meet friends and go out to have dinner with them. However, this does not happen very often as she is normally exhausted and ends up having a rest.
Notwithstanding her busy timetables and her fame, she always manages to spend her birthdays surrounded by her family and friends, and in 2021 she celebrated her 21st birthday.
Moreover, Meredith likes to do exercise and she follows a training routine that keeps her active and fit.
She is very active on the social networks and has more than 113 thousand followers in her Twitter account (@M_Marakovits) , and over 69 thousand in Instagram (@mmarakovits).
Meredith feels that she occupies a position from which she may inspire other people, as she is doing a job that is not very common for a woman, in a world that is mainly dominated by men.
Appearance, clothing style
Meredith is a tall woman with a very attractive, curvy and athletic figure. She is 5ft 11ins (1.80mts) high, weighs 141 lbs (64kgs), and her vital statistics are 33-25-36. She is hazel-eyed and has long blonde hair.
As for her clothing, she chooses to wear clothes that make her feel comfortable and attractive at the same time, especially tight dresses or trousers, usually black.
Net worth and salary
Meredith’s salary is $48,000, and as of early 2022, her salary is estimated in $2 million, earned largely from her work as a sports caster and journalist.