Another Mendoza Line?

MendozaBuntingWhen ESPN broadcasts the Yankees-Astros tonight, Jessica Mendoza will be in the booth. This will make Jessica the first female analyst for an MLB postseason telecast.

Jessica was a four-time first team All-American outfielder for Stanford’s women’s softball team  and won two Olympic medals for Team USA.


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Jessica has previously done a couple games for ESPN — Most notably, she was an analyst for Jake Arrieta’s no hitter over the Dodgers on August 30 (replacing the suspended Curt Shilling) on Sunday Night Baseball.

Mendoza w Kruk

I thought it was fitting that Jessica shared the color commentary with John Kruk, since Krukkie looks like a softball player (Chicago 16″ style).

Actually, he had a pretty good career, finishing with a lifetime .300 batting average.  His 100th, and last, homerun was for the White Sox in his last season (1995) when he batted .308. Unfortunately, he was 0-for-1 in stolen base attempts for the Sox.

In John’s last 4 years, he had batting averages of .323 / .316 / .302 / .308.

During that time, he had more walks than strikeouts (271 vs. 259).

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In case you don’t know what the Mendoza Line is —


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