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Friday, July 10, 2020

ESPN going with two-man team of A-Rod, Matt Vasgersian for ‘Sunday Night Baseball’

Alex Rodriguez

ESPN confirmed recently that Jessica Mendoza is being removed from the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast to pursue other opportunities with the network, but there are no plans to replace her in the booth.

On Thursday, ESPN announced that its “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcasts will feature a two-man team of Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez. Vasgersian is returning for his third season as play-by-play man and this will also be A-Rod’s third season as an analyst. Buster Olney will return for his 10th season as sideline reporter.

ESPN had seemingly made it clear that it would build its “Sunday Night Baseball” booth around A-Rod, who must enjoy working with Vasgersian. Rodriguez will now be given more freedom to showcase his knowledge of the game with one less voice on the broadcast. There had been some talk about former Yankees star David Cone joining A-Rod and Vasgersian, but that idea has been nixed.

Mendoza was sharply criticized for the comments she made about Mike Fiers blowing the whistle on the Houston Astros, but it does not appear that had anything to do with her being removed from “Sunday Night Baseball.” Mendoza recently resigned from her position as an advisor to the New York Mets so she can focus more on her work with ESPN.

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