Jessica Mendoza has been named a baseball operations adviser for the Mets, the team announced Tuesday, but the former Olympic softball star will remain in her role as an analyst on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.’’
Mendoza’s role with the Mets will include player evaluation, roster construction, technological advancement, and health and performance.
“I am excited to work with [general manager] Brodie [Van Wagenen] and his team and am thrilled to be associated with the Mets and their storied history,’’ Mendoza said in a statement. “Baseball is a passion of mine and I look forward to expanding on my love for the game.’’
Taking a role with a major league team while remaining as a network baseball analyst may seem like a conflict of interest, but the dual role is not uncommon.
Alex Rodriguez, who along with play-by-play voice Matt Vasgersian shares the Sunday night booth with Mendoza, is an adviser for the Yankees. David Ross is an ESPN analyst and adviser for the Cubs, while Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz are Red Sox advisers who are a prominent part of MLB’s postseason broadcast teams.
Mendoza and Van Wagenen are both Stanford graduates. She is a client of Creative Artists Agency, where Van Wagenen was an agent before being named Mets general manager in October 2018.
“Jessica is incredibly well-respected throughout the industry and we are excited to bring her into the organization,’’ said Van Wagenen. “She is a world-class athlete and experienced television analyst with an extremely high baseball IQ. We are confident that she will help us in our efforts to win now and in the future.’’