Trailblazing analyst Jessica Mendoza is out of ESPN’s top booth on “Sunday Night Baseball” and has resigned her position as a special advisor to the Mets.
Mendoza had teamed with Alex Rodriguez and play-by-player Matt Vasgersian on what is baseball’s second-most prestigious booth after Fox’s World Series spot.
ESPN has yet to finalize its “Sunday Night” booth. A-Rod is safe, while the network is considering keeping Vasgersian at play-by-play or switching to Jon Sciambi or Karl Ravech. ESPN has spoken with David Cone about replacing Mendoza. It could go with a two-man booth with A-Rod or consider an alternative to Cone as a second analyst.
Mendoza, an Olympic softball gold medalist, will continue as a weekday analyst and on “SportsCenter” and “Baseball Tonight.” She will call the World Series as a radio analyst, though there is no word if she will replace or join the well-respected Chris Singleton on the broadcast with Dan Shulman.
As part of her demotion, Mendoza received a contract extension. ESPN had just signed her to a new deal last year.