During the AL wild-card matchup between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros on Tuesday, Jessica Mendoza will make history as the first woman to broadcast a nationally televised postseason MLB game.
Mendoza, a four-time All-America softball player at Stanford from 1999 to 2002, became a mainstay in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth in September. Mendoza replaced Curt Schilling, who was removed from broadcasts after posting an offensive tweet that compared Muslims to Nazi-era Germans on Aug. 25.
Since then, Mendoza, 34, has been calling weekly games alongside ESPN’s Dan Shulman and John Kruk.
A two-time Olympic medalist, Mendoza became the first woman in the booth for an ESPN MLB broadcast in August when she served as an analyst during a matchup between the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals.
The first pitch of the 2015 postseason is slated for Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.
- Kayla Lombardo