In ESPN’s reshaping of its “Sunday Night Baseball” game broadcast, its first decision was to remove Jessica Mendoza from the three-person booth.
Though ESPN presented the demotion as some sort of victory for Mendoza, rewarding her with a contract extension and a spot in a now-crowded three-person World Series radio booth, the network’s true feelings — its actions — spoke louder about its intentions.
It was addition by subtraction in their eyes.
This is becoming more evident because ESPN has ended its pursuit of David Cone to join Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez. Cone confirmed the decision to The Post, while ESPN declined comment.
Vasgersian and A-Rod are the most likely choice as a two-man team to remain on “Sunday Night Baseball,” ESPN’s most prestigious MLB game broadcast. Buster Olney is expected to stay as the dugout reporter.
ESPN may want to make it official at some point since spring training has begun.
ESPN has considered Jon (Boog) Sciambi and Karl Ravech in place of Vasgersian. Both Vasgersian and A-Rod are entering the final years of their contracts.
ESPN has also shown interest in Chipper Jones and Curtis Granderson, but it seems far…