ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball will have a new broadcast team, in the form of former softball star Jessica Mendoza and former MLB All-Star Aaron Boone.
By William Chase
ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball will have a few new voices starting April 3rd in Kansas City.
The Royals will put up their World Series banner commemorating their 2015 championship against the New York Mets, and joining regular play-by-plan man Dan Shulman, will be former Olympic gold medalist and softball star Jessica Mendoza and former MLB star Aaron Boone.
Congrats to Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone on being named our new Sunday Night Baseball analysts. https://t.co/syk7AzH6q2
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) January 13, 2016
Mendoza, of course, took over for the embattled Curt Schilling late last season, suspended for comments made on on Twitter, and Aaron Boone takes over for John Kruk, who will be back as a studio analyst for Baseball Tonight.
As good as Schilling was on the field during his baseball career, he never seemed to be able to steer clear of controversy. Removing him from the sports’ weekly marquee match-ups is probably the wisest thing ESPN could do.
Boone, a former all-star and veteran during parts of 12 big league seasons has been with ESPN since 2010.
Boone will always be remembered for one particular home run:
This is a good move for ESPN. Mendoza demonstrated she could handle the position well in 2015, and Boone also has previous booth-chemistry with Dan Shulman, having both worked TV and radio in the past.