Jessica Mendoza has signed a multiyear extension with ESPN.
As part of the new deal, the Olympic gold and silver medalist will become the first woman to serve as a solo analyst on national baseball telecasts when she does weeknight games for ESPN this season. She’ll also be the first woman game analyst for World Series coverage on national radio this season.
Mendoza will get increased studio exposure, regularly appearing on SportsCenter, Get Up, First Take, Baseball Tonight and other ESPN network shows.
She’ll continue to be lead analyst for ESPN’s coverage of the Women’s College World Series this summer, an event she has covered since 2007, and will also be an on-site reporter doing providing softball and baseball coverage at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Due to a heavier work load at ESPN, she resigned as baseball operations adviser to the New York Mets, a role she held since March 2019.
ESPN hired Mendoza in 2007. She has been an analyst on Sunday Night Baseball since August 2015.
Mendoza won Olympic gold and silver medals in the 2004 and 2008 with the U.S. softball team. She was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 2019.