Multi-platform ESPN baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza is expanding her role at the network to include a position on Baseball Tonight. Mendoza will typically appear on Monday editions of Baseball Tonight, alongside Sunday Night Baseball’s John Kruk, generally airing at 10 p.m. and midnight ET.
In addition to her Baseball Tonight role, Mendoza will also contribute to select ESPN MLB game telecasts. She will make her debut tonight, March 31, during ESPN’s coverage of MLB Opening Day presented by Scotts: Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 10 p.m. on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.
Mendoza at ESPN
Mendoza joined ESPN as a college softball analyst in 2007 and she will continue to serve as a lead analyst for ESPN’s growing college softball coverage this season. Additionally, Mendoza has contributed to ESPN’s College World Series coverage since 2012. She also serves on the espnW.com advisory board and she contributes content for the site.
Mendoza is a U.S. Olympic Gold and Silver medalist and she is generally considered one of the most notable softball players of the past decade. Mendoza was a member of the U.S. Women’s National team from 2001-10. Her team took home the Gold in Athens, Greece (2004) and the Silver in Beijing, China (2008). She is a both a three-time World Champion (2002, 2006, 2010) and World Cup Champion (2006, 2007, 2010), in addition to being a two-time Pan American Gold Medalist (2003, 2007). In 2006, she was named the USA Softball Athlete of the Year and was also recognized in 2008 as the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year.
Mendoza was a four-time first team All-American while playing outfield at Stanford University. She led the Cardinals to their first ever Women’s College World Series Appearance and finished her college career with school records that are still held today in: batting average (.475), hits (.94), stolen bases (31), runs (71) and career home runs (50). She was a three-time Stanford Female Athlete of the Year and a First team Academic All-American in 2002.