Trailblazing MLB analyst Jessica Mendoza makes history with new ESPN role

The baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza will make history at ESPN — again.

The sports network announced Friday that Mendoza had signed a multiyear contract expanding her role at ESPN: She’ll become the first woman to serve as a solo analyst for a national package of MLB game, including ESPN’s season-opening coverage, weeknight games and holiday baseball.

In addition, Mendoza will join ESPN Radio’s World Series coverage, becoming the first female analyst on national radio working the series.

Mendoza will step down from her current role as an adviser to the New York Mets and analyst on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcasts. In 2015, Mendoza became the first female in-game analyst for an MLB game on ESPN. A native of California, she is a second-generation Mexican American.

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“Some of the best memories of my career have been with ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ and I will miss my time with our amazing crew, who have been like family. I’m grateful to ESPN for continuing to commit to me and I can’t wait for the season to get started,” Mendoza said in a statement.

ESPN said they’re also adding a “robust collection…

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