PORT ST. LUCIE – The Mets are flooding their front office with big-time names and their latest addition is ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza.
Mendoza, in her first career front-office role, will serve as the Mets baseball operations advisor, the team announced on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old former Olympian will keep her current job as an ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcaster, a position she has held since 2016, in addition to her new front-office roles.
Mendoza will provide insight to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen as well as the entire Baseball Operations department. Her focus will be player evaluation, roster construction, technological advancement and health and performance.
“I am excited to work with Brodie and his team and am thrilled to be associated with the Mets and their storied history,” Mendoza said in a statement. “I’ve known Brodie and Jeff Wilpon for years now and I’m honored to be a small part of the organization.
“I would also like to thank ESPN and Disney for their understanding and confidence as I balance both tasks moving forward. Baseball is a passion of mine and I look forward to expanding on my love for the game.”
Mendoza graduated from Stanford University in 2002 after a record-breaking softball career. Mendoza, an All-American outfielder as a Cardinal, holds career records in average, hits, home runs, slugging and stolen bases for Stanford.
She was a member of the United States women’s national softball team from 2004 to 2010 and won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics.