Jessica Mendoza joins ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball full time

Jessica Mendoza has joined ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team as a full time analyst.
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Jessica Mendoza has joined ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team as a full time analyst for the 2016 season, reports the Associated Press.

Mendoza, 35, now joins new analyst and former MLB player Aaron Boone in the booth, as well as play-by-play announcer Dan Shulman. The two-time Olympic medalist and Boone replaced Curt Schilling, who has been re-assigned to Monday night, and John Kruk, who will move back to Baseball Tonight.

Mendoza made history last August as the first woman in the booth for an ESPN MLB broadcast when she served as an analyst during a matchup between the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals.

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A four-time All-America softball player at Stanford from 1999–02, Mendoza subsequently became a mainstay in the Sunday Night Baseball booth in September, after replacing Curt Schilling during his suspension.

In October, Mendoza became the first woman to broadcast a nationally televised postseason MLB game. 

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