ESPN shows what they think of Jessica Mendoza with David Cone’s decision


When ESPN redesigned its broadcast of the "Sunday Night Baseball" match, its first decision was to remove Jessica Mendoza from the stand of three people.Although ESPN presented the demotion as a sort of victory for Mendoza, rewarding it with a contract extension and a place in a now-crowded three-person World Series radio booth, the network's true feelings - its actions - spoke more strong of his intentions.

It was the addition by subtraction in their eyes.

This becomes more evident as ESPN ended his quest for David Cone to join Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez. Cone confirmed the decision to The Post, while ESPN declined to comment.

Vasgersian and A-Rod are the most likely choice as a two-man team to stay on "Sunday Night Baseball", ESPN's most prestigious MLB game. Buster Olney is expected to remain the reporter for the canoe.

ESPN may wish to formalize it at some point since the start of training in the spring.

ESPN considered Jon (Boog) Sciambi and Karl Ravech in place of Vasgersian. Vasgersian and A-Rod are entering the final years of their contract.

ESPN has also shown an interest in Chipper Jones and Curtis Granderson, but it seems much more likely for weekday games and / or studio work.

During this long offseason process, ESPN contacted Cone to assess its interest, and even discussed the parameters of a contract, sources said.

"In my case, no real official offer has been made," said Cone.

Cone worked on a game last year on YES with A-Rod and Michael Kay. ESPN leaders liked the way it sounded, which is one of the reasons they sued Cone. However, ESPN has decided to change course on Cone Midstream.

Instead of pursuing Cone completely for Sunday, ESPN considered making Cone work potentially on Monday or Wednesday matches, but YES - where Cone has established himself as perhaps the best baseball game analyst - was only willing to authorize Cone to work on Sundays.

ESPN’s exclusive Sunday window would not be in direct competition with YES against ESPN weekday broadcasts, which is why YES took a stand, sources said.

This season, Mendoza, for his part, will work as a solo analyst on weekday games and will join Dan Shulman and possibly incumbent Chris Singleton on the World Series radio call. Three in a radio cabin is one too many, but Singleton has done nothing wrong and deserves to stay in his perch.

As for Cone, the old adage of "Wait‘ til Next Year "may be at stake.

"We left it in good condition," said Cone. "I'm still very much involved in the mix for potential future work," they said. I was happy to meet them and talk to them. I feel pretty good. "

Cone will work its full list of 75 YES games.

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