'No lady needs to be on ESPN,' minor league player writes

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 26: Jessica Mendoza of ESPN speaks on set the day before Game 1 of the 2015 World Series between the Royals and Mets at Kauffman Stadium on October 26, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 26: Jessica Mendoza of ESPN speaks on set the day before Game 1 of the 2015 World Series between the Royals and Mets at Kauffman Stadium on October 26, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)

Brooks Marlow, a minor league player in the Houston Astro's system, is receiving backlash after tweeting a message saying that "no lady needs to be on ESPN."

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The comment, which has been called sexist, was in reference to ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza, who was calling Wednesday night's National League Wild Card game between the Mets and Giants.

Mendoza, a two-time Team USA Olympic softball medalist, has been a baseball analyst for ESPN since 2014. She is a member of ESPN's ''Sunday Night Baseball'' broadcast team, and Fox News called her "the most prominent woman calling national games from the booth for a major men's sport."

"No lady needs to be on ESPN talking during a baseball game, especially Mendoza. Sorry," Marlow wrote Wednesday. He deleted the tweet minutes after posting it. 

The Astros spoke out after the incident, saying they "do not condone" Marlow's comment.

"We have communicated with the player, who agreed that his tweet was inappropriate and insensitive and has since apologized," the Astros said in a statement. "We also apologize to Ms. Mendoza, who is an outstanding broadcaster that we have had the pleasure of working with this season."

The 23-year-old minor league infielder was drafted to the Houston Astros system in the 29th round in 2015. He split this season between Class A affiliates the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Lancaster Jethawks.