Jessica Mendoza, an analyst for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, is joining the New York Mets’ front office, the club announced Tuesday morning.
Mendoza, who will continue to work for ESPN, was hired as an advisor to new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.
“Jessica is incredibly well respected throughout the industry and we are excited to bring her into the organization,” Van Wagenen said in a statement. “She is a world-class athlete and experienced television analyst with an extremely high baseball IQ.”
She will focus on player evaluation, roster construction, technological advancement and health and performance, the team said.
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“I am excited to work with Brodie and his team and am thrilled to be associated with the Mets and their storied history,” said Mendoza. “I’ve known Brodie and Jeff Wilpon for years now and I’m honored to be a small part of the organization. I would also like to thank ESPN and Disney for their understanding and confidence as I balance both tasks moving forward. Baseball is a passion of mine and I look forward to expanding on my love for the game.”
Mendoza is a two-time Olympian in softball and played on the U.S. national team from 2001-10. She joined ESPN in 2007 and became the first female analyst for a nationally televised postseason MLB game during the 2015 AL wild-card game.
Mendoza joins her ESPN colleague Alex Rodriguez in a front-office role. Rodriguez also serves as an advisor to the New York Yankees.