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#pounditMonday, February 6, 2023

Radio host Mike Bell goes on sexist rant against ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza

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Former softball player and two-time Olympic Gold medalist Jessica Mendoza on Tuesday night became the first woman to work as an analyst for an MLB playoff game when she was part of the ESPN AL Wild Card broadcast team. Her role during the Houston Astros’ win over the New York Yankees infuriated a shock jock from Atlanta.

Mike Bell, who hosts a radio show on 92.9 The Game, sent a series of incredibly sexist tweets about Mendoza. He deleted the worst one, but not before it was preserved via screenshot.

Bell later offered a mea culpa for the “Anchorman” reference, but he stood firm on his stance that a softball player had no business analyzing an MLB postseason game.

Bell’s main point seemed to be that an analyst is different from a play-by-play announcer and that any person in that role on that stage should have played the game before. He also admitted he preferred Mendoza to Curt Schilling, whom Mendoza replaced earlier this year after Schilling sent this incredibly controversial tweet about Muslims.

The problem with Bell’s argument — aside from everything — is that he obviously wasn’t even listening to the broadcast while he was busy freaking out on Twitter. Mendoza knows her stuff as well as anyone and did a fantastic analyzing certain pitches and at-bats. She clearly does her research, knows certain players’ tendencies and takes her job seriously.

Get over it, Mike. It’s 2015.

H/T Big League Stew


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