A Houston Astros prospect tweeted that “no lady needs to be on ESPN” as he took aim at analyst Jessica Mendoza during Wednesday’s National League wild-card game.
Brooks Marlow, who played for the Class A Lancaster (Calif.) JetHawks last season, soon deleted the tweet and changed his profile picture to a brown dog, but not before the Twitter message was saved for posterity.
The Houston Astros said in a statement that “they don’t condone the tweet” Marlow posted.
“We have communicated with the player, who agreed that this tweet was inappropriate and insensitive and has since apologized,” the Astros said. “We also apologize to Ms. Mendoza, who is an outstanding broadcaster that we have had the pleasure of working with this season.”
JetHawks spokesperson Jason Schwartz said in an email that since the team is now an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, he was unable to offer a comment on the tweet.
Brooks, a 23-year-old second baseman, was drafted in the 29th round by the Astros in 2015. He was born in Giddings, Texas, and played his college ball under Augie Garrido at the University of Texas.
Mendoza, a two-time Olympian as part of Team USA’s softball team, was promoted to a full-time analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team in January as part of a reorganization of the cast that coincided with the network dropping controversial former major leaguer Curt Schilling.
Mendoza became the first female analyst for a nationally televised major league playoff game last October as Schilling was benched for a tweet about Muslims that included Adolf Hitler.