Jessica Mendoza to make history in AL wild-card game broadcast

Tuesday October 6th, 2015

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.

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