ESPN signs Jessica Mendoza to extension
Whether you like her, hate her, or put the game on mute–she’s staying. The Associated Press reports that Mendoza signed a multiyear extension with ESPN.
Mendoza became the first female analyst for a nationally televised MLB game back in 2015 and became a full-time analyst for the broadcast the following season. She has been with the network since 2007.
“Being in New York for 10 days during the World Series and appearing on a bunch of shows, I felt like it was a trial run to have more of a studio presence,” Mendoza said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “The more consistently I started to do it, the more I grew to love it. It allows me to push baseball ideas and content in a bunch of different places.”
Mendoza’s main assignment will remain “Sunday Night Baseball.” This will be her fourth full season but only second working alongside Alex Rodriguez, Matt Vasgersian and Buster Olney. Mendoza said she quickly found a rapport with her boothmates.
Mendoza, who will be inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame next year, will continue as a lead analyst during ESPN’s coverage of the Women’s College World Series. She was a four-time, first-team All-American at Stanford, and won gold (2004) and silver (2012) medals for the U.S. at the Olympics.
“It’s just exciting to know this is going to keep going,” she said. “I still feel like I am a rookie and learning. I get to continue with that growth.”
This news was preceded by the network announcing that Sunday Night Baseball will begin an hour earlier in 2019 (7 P.M. instead of 8 P.M.).