Mets Add Jessica Mendoza - John Franco & Al Leiter As Baseball Ops Advisors
The New York Mets have announced that Jessica Mendoza will serve as a baseball operations advisor in the front office.
Quotes- Brodie Van Wagenen: "I want an outside the box hire. I've been a believer that you need to get new voices & fresh perspectives in any room, especially when making decisions. Jessica has a very high baseball IQ she has aptitude to learn anything & she knows the game."
Mendoza & Van Wagenen are both Stanford alumni, she supported him in his move from agent to GM & his wife Molly, along with Mendoza serve on the Women's Sports Foundations board of Trustees
She attended Stanford University where she was the Cardinals' super star player. She holds school records for hits, HRs, stolen bases, runs scored, slugging & batting average. She won three Pac 10 Awards as well as three Stanford Player of Year Awards. Academically, she holds a Masters Degree in education & Social Sciences.
Mendoza was a two time outfielder for Team USA in the Olympics. Her team won the Gold medal in the 2004 Athens Games & then a Silver Medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She was also a player in the Women's softball, National Fast Pitch League.
In 2004 she began working on ESPN's Baseball Tonight. By 2015 she became the first female broadcaster to call the College World Series as well as the first Female to call an MLB Post Season Game that October. In 2016 she joined the crew for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
The Mets have also announced that former Mets pitchers, John Franco & Al Leiter will also join the organization as baseball operations advisors.
Quotes- Brodie Van Wagenen: “We’re really excited to have both. John has been with the organization for a long time. He’s been very active in community service. But to be able to bring him into the fold & have him become an advisor in the baseball operations department, we’re excited about. And Al has a unique energy. For those of you who have met Al in the past, he brings an energy every day.”
The Mets also added David Wright to the front Office this past winter. Hopefully these successful fan favorites of the past will bring nostalgia & knowledge to the team.