The news comes a day after Mendoza was lambasted for calling out sign-stealing scandal whistleblower Mike Fiers. That hot take was met with even more criticism considering Mendoza is also a special advisor with the New York Mets, who later Thursday canned manager Carlos Beltran. Although, according to the story, ESPN claims the demotion has nothing to do with her recent remarks.
So sad for the sport of baseball that Mike Fiers went public about a highly orchestrated cheating ring that directly affected the integrity of the game for YEARS. Hard to swallow, so sad.
If this comes to fruition, Cone would be a fantastic addition to the booth, (assuming their producers let him go) not only in replacing Mendoza but also carrying the game analysis far beyond the sometimes scripted sounding Alex Rodriguez. Cone is a great storyteller and brings a nice blend of explaining the game. Cone appeals to old school and new school viewers alike.
In addition, Twitter complaints about the broadcast would probably drop, at least among Yankee fans.