The New York Mets have announced that they have hired Jessica Mendoza as a baseball operations advisor. Mendoza, 38, is an extremely decorated softball player and is a two-time Olympic Medalist for Team USA in the sport of softball. Mendoza won gold with her team in 2004 and the silver medal in 2008. Mendoza was also a member of the United States National Team from 2001-2010. Currently, Mendoza has also worked for ESPN since 2007 and is an analyst during the network’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast, a position she has held since 2016 and will continue to hold in addition to her role on the Mets.
In a statement, New York Mets Brodie Van Wagenen said, “Jessica [Mendoza] is incredibly well respected throughout the industry and we are excited to bring her into the organization. She is a world-class athlete and experienced television analyst with an extremely high baseball IQ.”
According to the Mets, Mendoza will “work in the areas of player evaluation, roster construction, technological advancement, and health and performance.” It is not uncommon for baseball analysts to hold advisory positions on baseball teams in addition to their broadcast careers. Alex Rodriguez a broadcast partner of Mendoza’s on ESPN’S Sunday Night Baseball is also a special advisor for the New York Yankees, a position he has held since 2017.
Mendoza will join John Franco, Al Leiter, and David Wright who are also serving the Mets front office in similar roles. Mendoza is the most high profile woman to be both on a national broadcast and work for a team presently.