After making her color analyst debut on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball last week, the network announced on Friday that Jessica Mendoza will stay on for the remainder of the 2015 season.
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 4, 2015
Mendoza was originally brought in to replace Curt Schilling on the broadcast, and has made appearances on two Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts thus far, including Jake Arrieta‘s no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers last Sunday evening. Schilling was suspended by ESPN towards the end of August, as he tweeted a message which compared Muslims to Nazis. It is unclear at this point Schilling will be reinstated by the network to rejoin the broadcast at some point in 2016.
The 34-year-old made network history last Sunday, as she became the first ever female color analyst to cover a major league baseball game in ESPN’s history. Mendoza was also the first female broadcaster in the booth to cover the College World Series, and she has also served as a color analyst for the Women’s College World Series while also working as as an analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight during her time with the network.
Before starting her broadcasting career, the Camarillo, California native had a very successful softball career, as she was a member of the United States women’s national softball team from 2004-2010. She was part of the 2004 U.S Summer Olympics gold medal team that competed and won in Athens, Greece.
As she is currently setting broadcast history, Mendoza hopes that more women are able to follow in her footsteps. In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Mendoza stated that she believes women should get an opportunity like she has, because they could bring a different spin to a broadcast that may be different than what we are used to seeing.
“It is hard for me to understand why because I have always believed women can be just as knowledgeable in the booth while also bringing unique insights that allow a viewer to see a different angle to the game.”
For the meantime, you can catch Mendoza on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, which takes place every Sunday night at 8:00 pm Eastern Time on the ESPN television networks.