She Made History as ESPN’s First Baseball Analyst and Some Dudes Can’t Deal With It

If you watch baseball on ESPN, you’ve probably seen (and heard) Jessica Mendoza.

Earlier this year, she made history as the first in-game female analyst on ESPN.

Mendoza made history again this week when she became the first female analyst to work an MLB playoff game.

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And like clockwork, the sexist comments started surfacing on Twitter.

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Several people fired back at the haters, like Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Len Kasper:


And Rachael, who had a solid point:

This guy poked holes at a criticism that was repeated over and over: Mendoza never played pro baseball.

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Sure, Mendoza never played in the MLB, but she’s a USA softball LEGEND.

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You see those two shiny things hanging on her neck?

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One’s a gold medal from the 2004 Olympic Games. The other is a silver medal from the 2008 Olympics.

Of course, there are people out there who will say she’s “just a softball player.”

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“My dad was a baseball coach, and then I switched to softball. Baseball was all I knew until I crossed over. It never seemed like a big deal,” said Mendoza to the New York Times.

And the Mexican-American announcer is fully aware of the impact she’s making, not just for women, but for Latinas.

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