Another member of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team will be back with the group this spring.
Jessica Mendoza reached a new multi-year contract extension with ESPN this week. The announcement came only a day after fellow ESPN MLB broadcast team member and MLB vet Mark Teixeira was announced to return.
Mendoza said in a news release from the network that she is glad the two sides came to terms on the contract.
“I’m beyond excited to continue to contribute analysis to ESPN’s signature MLB platform — Sunday Night Baseball — alongside Alex Rodriguez, Matt Vasgersian and Buster Olney,” Mendoza said. “I look forward to continue helping grow the sports of softball and Major League Baseball through our second-to-none coverage by utilizing cool technology, offering exciting insights and doing it all with passion.”
ESPN Senior Vice President of Production and Remote Events Mark Gross shared Mendoza’s thoughts.
“Jessica’s preparation, expertise and work ethic are among the many attributes that make us proud to have this trailblazer with us for years to come,” Gross said. “She forms tremendous relationships in the sports with executives, managers and players, and those connections help us inform our telecasts and make them better. Her passion for the sport is contagious.”
Mendoza made history in 2015 when she joined ESPN’s SNB broadcast team. It made her the first woman to ever serve as a national analyst for Major League Baseball games. She also became the first woman to serve as an analyst for an MLB post season game on Oct. 15 when the Yankees and Astros faced off in the American League Wildcard Game live from Yankee Stadium.
According to ESPN’s news release, Mendoza is considered “one of America’s greatest softball players.” A graduate of Stanford University, she holds records in categories, such as batting average, hits, runs, home runs stolen bases and slugging percentage.
She helped lead the U.S. Softball team to gold in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She also won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Additionally, she will be inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame next year as a member of the class of 2019.
Along with her continued duties on SNB, she will also make appearances on ESPN’s MLB studio program Baseball Tonight, and will make regular appearances on SportsCenter and Get Up! according to the network’s release.
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