Tuesday night, ESPN’s analyst Jessica Mendoza, is set to become the first woman to call a nationally televised MLB postseason game. She will be call the American League Wild Card game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees along side John Kruk, Dan Schulman, and Buster Olney, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Mendoza has been with ESPN since 2007 where she was an analyst for Women’s College World Series and on Baseball tonight. However, on Aug 24, she made her debut as an analyst during a St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks game. This was the first time a woman had sat in as an analyst for a national broadcast of an ESPN MLB game. She did it again six days later during a Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers game, after Curt Schilling was fired for posting and offensive meme to social media. During this game Cubs ace Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter.
Despite all of the breakthroughs that she is making, all Mendoza seems to be focusing on is her job and love of the game. In an interview she told a reporter, “I just want to be an analyst,” she said. “If I get wrapped up in everything else about being in the booth, I’m not doing my job.”
Mendoza,34, is a graduate from Stanford and was an All-American outfielder. She was also a member of the 2004 and 2008 USA Softball Women’s National Team.