Sources: Dodgers Limited Clubhouse Access For ESPN's Mendoza, Ross
The Dodgers this season "decided not to allow" ESPN MLB analysts Jessica Mendoza or David Ross to "roam the clubhouse during media availability before games," as both have advisor roles with other teams, according to sources cited by Andrew Marchand of the N.Y. POST. Mendoza works with the Mets, while Ross advises the Cubs. Broadcasters and writers usually can "go up to any player in the clubhouse during the one hour of media availability before games," but Mendoza and Ross had to "preset any interviews, because the Dodgers wanted to monitor the access of broadcasters working for other front offices." Meanwhile, ESPN will "consider breaking up" its "SNB" broadcast team, which includes Mendoza, Alex Rodriguez and Matt Vasgersian. With one more year on his ESPN deal, Rodriguez "will be back, no matter who else is in the booth." Sources said that Vasgersian and Mendoza "have a 70% chance of returning." However, ESPN will "look around, seeing if it is worth trying to upgrade its booth even as ratings were slightly improved on the Sunday telecasts in the trio's second season." Mendoza is "highly valued by ESPN's hierarchy," and it is thought ESPN would "only remove her from the trailblazing role on Sunday night if it can find another significant way to utilize her." Mendoza "just signed a new contract last year," while Rodriguez and Vasgersian are in the "final seasons of their deals" (N.Y. POST, 10/16).