Free agency is in full swing as teams officially begin spring training. The Dodgers are likely looking to make another signing or two, or perhaps a trade, or both.
On Monday afternoon, the Dodgers announced four new signings, none of which were MLB players. SportsNet LA will be bringing in four new faces to the the fold. One which, few saw coming.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) March 14, 2022
Jessica Mendoza – Road TV Analyst
Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reported that ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza will rotate in as a road TV analyst with Joe Davis still handling the bulk of the play-by-play duties.
#Dodgers make a number of roster additions — to their broadcast teams.
José Mota will work Spanish and English broadcasts. Eric Karros will work select TV games at home. Jessica Mendoza and Dontrelle Willis road TV. Adrián González, Karros and Willis some studio work.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 14, 2022
It’s a surprising move since there wasn’t a peep that a household name like Mendoza could be coming over to SportsNet LA.
Mendoza, an All-American and Olympic softball player, has the distinction of being the first woman to call a nationally televised game. The Camarillo native served as an analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball from 2015 to 2020. While at ESPN, Mendoza also served as a special adviser for the Mets from March 2019 to February 2020.
The dual role raised eyebrows from some, including the Dodgers who did not allow Mendoza in the clubhouse to talk to players while she was simultaneaously employed by ESPN and another MLB team.
At this time, it’s unknown whether or not Mendoza will continue to serve as a studio analyst for ESPN in addition to her new gig with the Dodgers.
The 2003 World Series champion and NL rookie of the year, along with Mendoza, will also be part of the road TV analyst rotation for the coming season. Willis has most recently worked as a MLB studio analyst for Fox Sports.
The former Dodgers first baseman will serve as a studio analyst. Long a fan favorite, it’s safe to assume that many Dodgers fans will be excited to see more of one of the best Dodgers first baseman of recent memory.
El Titan posted a short video on his twitter account about his new job following SportsNet LA’s formal announcement.
González isn’t the only former Dodgers first baseman to be joining the SportsNet LA broadcast team. Karros, who has worked as an analyst for Fox Sports in the past, will be calling “select TV games at home” according to Plunkett. Presumably, Karros will slide in for Orel Hershiser from time to time.
In a move that’s been anticipated since February, José Mota, son of Manny Mota, will also be joining the Dodgers broadcast team for both English and Spanish broadcasts. Many believe that Mota will be taking over for longtime Dodgers Spanish-language play-by-play announcer Jaime Jarrín following his retirement after this season.
This isn’t the only notable broadcast news for Dodgers fans. According to recent report, Joe Davis could be assuming Joe Buck’s role as the lead play-by-play announcer for Fox’s MLB coverage.
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