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Monday, August 24, 2015


A bit of history is being made on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball this evening – ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza will be the first ever female analyst on an ESPN MLB game. She’ll be in the booth alongside Dave O’Brien and Dallas Braden, replacing Aaron Boone, currently in Williamsport for the Little League World Series….

This is a pretty big deal, considering the majority of ESPN’s analysts have been ex-players. Technically, Mendoza is also an ex-player – she was a two-time Olympian for the US softball team, winning gold in Athens in 2004 and silver in Beijing in 2008.

Mendoza is also an analyst on Baseball Tonight, joining the crew in 2014 and making appearances throughout the rest of that season and throughout the 2015 season. This year, Mendoza was the first female broadcaster to work the Women’s College World Series for ESPN, sitting in the booth alongside Karl Ravech and Kyle Peterson.

Not to stereotype, but I can’t imagine her being any good. Oh not because she’s a woman, but because she’s employed by ESPN.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2015 at 10:52 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: analysts, espn, females in baseball

Monday, June 22, 2015

Female French teen is first woman added to international registration list

Melissa Mayeux, a shortstop on the French U-18 junior national team, became the first known female baseball player to be added to MLB’s international registration list, which means she will be eligible to be signed by a Major League club on July 2.
International prospects, Mayeux included, are typically added to the international registration list at MLB-sanctioned events after verifying their dates of birth and citizenship; while anyone can technically be added to the list, only those who have the potential to actually be signed are customarily registered.

Is it possible that Mayeux will be signed? Sure. Is it likely? Probably not, but the simple fact that Mayeux has been added to the list solidifies her status as a legitimate player. Mayeux, for her part, just wants to play. She speaks little English and is unaware that her presence on the registry might be seen as newsworthy in the United States.

“Melissa just wants to have to most opportunity she can in baseball,” said Boris Rothermundt, a coach with the French national team who has been working with Mayeux since she joined the program two years ago as a member of the U-15 team. “She is not at all thinking about being the first female on the list.”...

“She’s a legitimate shortstop who makes all the plays and is very smooth and fluid in the field,” he said. “She swings the bat really well and is fearless.”



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