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Monday, March 02, 2020

ESPN hires Chipper Jones for ‘Wednesday Night Baseball’

In the seven years since his retirement, former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has dabbled in broadcasting, making regular visits to the TV booth. In 2020, Jones is making it official. ESPN has hired the Hall of Famer to broadcast 20 games as a color analyst during their “Wednesday Night Baseball” broadcasts.

Jones is replacing David Ross, the former Braves catcher who left the position at ESPN to take over as manager of the Chicago Cubs.

“A lot of people don’t know this, but if I hadn’t played baseball, if I had gone to college, I would have majored in communications,” said Jones, who was the No. 1 overall pick of the draft by the Braves in 1990. “I wanted to be a broadcaster. I really have fun talking the game. I feel like I have something to impart upon the people tuning in, and I have fun doing it. I get the chance to do it on probably the biggest stage you can, maybe next to ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ (on ESPN).”

The Hall of Fame hitter earned a reputation among his Braves teammates for virtually “rolling out of bed” and getting two hits in a game. This hire has a similar feel. Jones has worked two full games in a broadcast booth ever – once last year for ESPN and once last year for a Braves regional broadcast for Fox Sports - but his on-air presence is so polished that the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” took notice.

Something to watch for as the season begins, to see how he performers compared to his fellow color commentators.

QLE Posted: March 02, 2020 at 12:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, chipper jones, espn

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

ESPN is reportedly removing Jessica Mendoza from Sunday Night Baseball

It appears that ESPN is set to take Jessica Mendoza off Sunday Night Baseball. There’s been a lot of criticism of the “disaster” of the current SNB booth (Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, and Mendoza) overall, and Mendoza in particular herself has been under incredible fire recently for her comments across ESPN shows bashing Mike Fiers for blowing the whistle on the Houston Astros’ electronic sign stealing (which drew extra criticism considering her role with the New York Mets and their hire of key Astros’ scandal figure Carlos Beltran).

Now, Andrew Marchand of The New York Post has reported that Mendoza appears set to be reassigned, although it’s not 100 percent certain yet:

“ESPN is working toward removing Jessica Mendoza from its “Sunday Night Baseball” booth, The Post has learned.

As for the rest of the SNB booth, ESPN executives are still determining its plan, though, Alex Rodriguez has been assured that he is welcomed back, according to sources.”

Should we be sending our cover letters and CVs to the Worldwide Leader?

QLE Posted: January 28, 2020 at 12:31 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, espn, jessica mendoza

 

 

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