Astros apologize after prospect’s sexist tweet about ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza

Thursday October 6th, 2016

The Astros issued an apology Wednesday night after a minor leaguer sent a sexist tweet in reference to ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza. 

Brooks Marlow, a 23-year-old infielder who was drafted in the 29th round in 2015, wrote: “No lady needs to be on espn talking during a baseball game specially Mendoza sorry.” He deleted the tweet after a few minutes. 

Mendoza was calling Wednesday night’s National League Wild Card game between the Mets and Giants. The two-time Olympic softball medalist has been a baseball analyst for ESPN since 2014 and began calling games on ESPN’ flagship Sunday Night Baseball this season. 

The Astros issued a statement about Marlow’s tweet on Wednesday night. 

Jessica Mendoza on the SI Media Podcast

Mendoza also called the AL Wild Card game on ESPN last year, becoming the first female commentator on a national MLB postseason broadcast. 

Marlow split time this season between Class A and High A, batting .220 with a .310 on-base percentage in 99 games. 

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