ESPN Announces Spring Training Coverage, Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour Schedules

Courtesy: ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has announced the schedule for its coverage of Major League Baseball’s 2014 Spring Training games.

This year’s schedule kicks off with coverage of a rematch from last year’s World Series.  The Boston Red Sox will host the St. Louis Cardinals March 17th at Fenway Park.  First pitch is scheduled for 1pm.  The game will be carried on television on ESPN and online via Watch ESPN and ESPN Deportes+.    The ESPN family of networks’ complete seven-game Spring Training coverage schedule is available below.

Spring Training game schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Mon, March 17 1 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox

Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN,WatchESPN,ESPN Deportes +
Tue, March 18 1 p.m. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Buster Olney

ESPN,WatchESPN
Thu, March 20 7 p.m. New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Buster Olney

ESPN,WatchESPN,ESPN Deportes +
Mon, March 24 1 p.m. Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates

Adnan Virk, Doug Glanville, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN,WatchESPN,ESPN Deportes +
Tue, March 25 1 p.m. Atlanta Braves at Detroit Tigers
Adnan Virk, Doug Glanville, Tim Kurkjian
ESPN,WatchESPN,ESPN Deportes +
Wed, March 26 1 p.m. Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals

Steve Levy, Eduardo Perez, Doug Glanville

ESPN,WatchESPN,ESPN Deportes +
Thu, March 27 12 p.m. Washington Nationals at New York Mets

Steve Levy, Eduardo Perez, Doug Glanville

ESPN,WatchESPN,ESPN Deportes +

 

Before the ESNP family of networks kick off their coverage of Major League Baseball’s 2014 Spring Training games, the Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour will hit the road.  The tour will visit a number of teams’ camps beginning next Monday, February 17th at the Red Sox camp in Fort Myers, Florida.  Karl Ravech and Buster Olney will be on hand with coverage of the team’s preps for the 2014 season.  SportsCenter will have Baseball Tonight segments beginning at 9am ET each day.  Each segment will include interviews with players and managers as well as in-depth team analysis and discussions on every major off-season story lines.  Baseball fans can get even more in-depth coverage of the upcoming season online at ESPN.com.  Buster Olney, Jayson Stark, Jerry Crasnick, Keith Law, Jim Caple, and David Schoenfield will have reports from various camps in Florida and Arizona through the online home of the Worldwide Leader in Sports.  As an added bonus, ESPN.com will also offer baseball fans a Countdown Clock to Opening Day, videos from the Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour, and a blog with daily posts.  The complete Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour schedule is available below.

Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tourschedule:

Date Location Team/Commentators
Mon, Feb. 17 Fort Myers, Fla. Boston Red Sox

Karl Ravech, Buster Olney

Tue, Feb. 18 Lakeland, Fla. Detroit Tigers

Karl Ravech, Buster Olney

Wed, Feb. 19 Jupiter, Fla. St. Louis Cardinals

Karl Ravech, Buster Olney

Thu, Feb. 20 Viera, Fla. Washington Nationals

Karl Ravech, Buster Olney

Fri, Feb. 21 Tampa, Fla. New York Yankees

Karl Ravech, Buster Olney

Mon, Feb. 24 Glendale, Ariz. Los Angeles Dodgers

Karl Ravech, John Kruk, Tim Kurkjian

Tue, Feb. 25 Scottsdale, Ariz. San Francisco Giants

Karl Ravech, John Kruk, Tim Kurkjian

Wed, Feb. 26 Surprise, Ariz. Texas Rangers

Karl Ravech, John Kruk, Tim Kurkjian

Thu, Feb. 27 Tempe, Ariz. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Karl Ravech, John Kruk, Tim Kurkjian

Fri, Feb. 28 Goodyear, Ariz. Cincinnati Reds

Karl Ravech, John Kruk, Tim Kurkjian

Sat, March 1 Peoria, Ariz. Seattle Mariners

Tim Kurkjian

 

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Bosox, Angels Face Off July 7th On ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball Presented By Taco Bell

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has announced the latest addition to its Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell schedule.  On Sunday, July 7th, ESPN will broadcast a matchup between “Big Papi” David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox and Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels live.  The game will be broadcast live at 8pm EDT.  Dan Shulman will be joined by analysts Orel Hershiser and John Kruk.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on hand to provide commentary.

Along with its primary broadcast on ESPN, the gam will also be broadcast on ESPN Deportes with Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Guillermo Celis, and Ozzie Guillen.  It will also be broadcast on ESPN Radio affiliates across the country with Jon Schiambi and analyst Chris Singleton.  Fans can also see the game on with WatchESPN.

Each week’s game is preceded by Baseball Tonight at 7pm EDT.  Tonight’s game sees the San Francisco Giants on the road against the Atlanta Braves.  The current schedule of games on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is available below.  Additional July games are announced three weeks prior to their broadcast while August and September games will be announced two weeks in advance to their broadcast.

Upcoming Sunday Night Baseball schedule:

Date Game
June 16 San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves
June 23 Texas Rangers at St. Louis Cardinals
June 30 New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
July 7 Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels
July 14 St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
July 21 New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

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MLB Superstars A Good “Lead Off” For The 2013 MLB Season

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Courtesy: A&E Home Video/MLB Productions

MLB Productions’ latest home release is a good way to start off the New Year and a new season of baseball.  MLB Superstars: Impact Players is an hour plus profile of some of Major League Baseball’s best up-and-coming players.  It’s an easy to follow feature that takes audiences around the diamond focusing on the top players from both the American and National League without the unnecessary add-ons that one might see on a television take of the program.  Though it was produced and edited much in the same vein of something one might see in the course of a pre-game show on MLB network or any network currently airing big league baseball.

Over the course of its near ninety-minute run time, audiences get profiles of young stars the likes of Prince Fielder, Joey Votto, Aroldis Champman, Stephen Strasburg, and many more.  Their pedigrees are expertly illustrated through the eyes of those closest to them and to the game, including broadcasters, fellow and former teammates, and even managers and owners.  It’s all set largely against the backdrop of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.  The video quality is top notch as each player’s profile is highlighted by footage of both their performance at the All-Star Game and through games that each has played.  The footage was recorded and edited by Major League Baseball.  So viewers naturally get professional quality footage.  Viewers even get some more lighthearted moments as they get to hear audio of the players both before and during their games.  That coupled with the profiles of fellow players, managers, and broadcasters will entertain and enlighten baseball fans, thus keeping them engaged throughout the program’s run-time.

This new DVD’s main feature makes for a great introduction to Major League Baseball’s 2013 season.  It serves as a way to introduce viewers to baseball’s next generation of star athletes.  As an added bonus, viewers also get a brief history of the players’ walk-offs.  Also, Troy Tulowitzki, who is one of those up-and-comers, gets his own feature as does San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain.  Cain’s pitching performance in the Giants’ first ever perfect game closes out the disc’s bonus features.  That game and the footage from the disc’s other bonus features was also produced and edited by Major League Baseball.  So audiences even get in these bonuses professional quality game footage and one more way to get hyped for a new season.  Together with the disc’s main feature the bonuses and the main feature mix to make another release that is everything baseball fans have come to expect from MLB Productions.  MLB Superstars: Impact Players is available now and can be ordered online at http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=19148216.

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Giants Blu-ray, DVD Set A Solid Year Ender For All Baseball Fans

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Courtesy: MLB Productions/A&E Home Video

The 2012 Major League Baseball season is in the books, and the champs have officially been crowned.  But fear not baseball fans.  The 2013 season is right around the corner.  December’s nearly over.  With the end of the year, baseball fans will start hearing more news as teams start prepping for the first pitch of Spring training 2013.  As fans await that first pitch, A&E Home Video and MLB Productions have partnered once again for what is truly a “giant” of a release both for fans of the World Series champs and of baseball in general.  The release in question is the San Francisco Giants 2012 World Series Collector’s Edition

The San Francisco Giants 2012 World Series Collector’s Edition is offered both on DVD and Blu-ray format, so as to not leave out anyone.  This is a bonus right off the top for all baseball fans.  Now there are those who have had their say about this new set, complaining about one game being omitted from the set, but what those people need to understand is that the inclusion of Game 5 of the team’s NLDS and NLCS were included in the set as each was the pivotal game in each series on the way to the team’s incredible sweep of the Tigers in the World Series.  Keeping this in mind, both MLB Productions and A&E have done the right thing in assembling the set in its present setup.  The inclusion of those two games makes for a nice setup to the team’s sweep of Detroit, which is profiled in its entirety in the set’s first four discs.  And as has been the case with every previous MLB Productions release this year, these four games are just as exceptional as previous releases.

The collection of games included in this brand new set is exceptional in that complaints from others aside, both the World Series games and the NLDS and NLCS games are presented with the same standard set by both companies with previous releases.  The games are contained within their own slimcases inside a larger box.  Each slimcase contains all the information needed to easily follow the game.  It is a program in itself for all intensive purposes.  The inning by inning rundown is on the front of each game, while the inside of each case offers a full box score unlike anything that any newspaper or even sports broadcast could offer.  True baseball fans will appreciate that the companies have maintained this standard.

That MLB Productions and A&E have maintained the high level of product quality is just one part of what makes its latest release so impressive for fans.  Also making this set impressive for fans is the inclusion of the previously released single disc presentation of the team’s inclusion into the Baseball’s Greatest Games series in the form of its “First Perfect Game” presentation.  Maybe someone already owns this on DVD.  That’s fine.  Having it in duplicate is just as good.  That’s because God forbid something happens to one copy, having this in duplicate means that fans will have a backup copy of it.  And for those who don’t already own this landmark game, then it’s all the more of a bonus to an already impressive baseball box set.

The bonus Baseball’s Greatest Games disc included in this set is just one of the bonuses that put the set over the top.  It also includes a bonus disc with some of the team’s best moments.  It includes highlights of some team members’ twenty-game hit streaks, and the moment in which it claimed this year’s NL West title, just to name a few highlights.  Even presented in standard definition, it looks good.  For those who own HDTV’s and Blu-ray players, it looks even better as the Blu-ray player will automatically up-convert this stand-alone DVD.  Yet again, audiences are presented with a disc that’s more than just another disc.  It is in its own way, one more true bonus to a set that’s already well worth the price.  And combined with the remaining seven discs, it makes the entire eight-disc set one big out of the park home run to finish off the year for both MLB Productions and A&E Home Video and A&E Entertainment.

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MLB’s World Series Retrospective Is One More Grand Slam For Baseball Fans

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The 2012 Major League Baseball season is all but wrapped up.  The Tigers are waiting to see if they’ll face either the Orioles or the Yankees in the ALCS, while the Giants are now waiting to see if they’ll be facing either the Nationals or the Cardinals after Cincinnati’s epic three game collapse.  Both the ALCS and the NLCS kick into high gear this weekend.  Both Best-of-Seven series will take their teams deep into October.  And eventually only two will remain to square off in the Fall Classic, the World Series.  In celebration of the yearly Championship match, MLB Productions and A&E Home have released a retrospective of the Fall Classic. 

The World Series:  History of The Fall Classic has been released in both a double and quadruple disc set.  Both sets present a full in depth history of baseball’s crown jewel from its beginnings in 1903 right up to the Cardinals’ win over the Texas Rangers.  The presentation is narrated by NBC’s Bob Costas.  Costas has a proven track record as a sports broadcaster.  And his experience as a broadcaster shows through here in every minute of the documentary.  His totally professional narrative style will keep any baseball fan’s attention.  And the archived footage from throughout the series’ near one hundred and ten year history adds even more amazement to this set.  It’s incredible that nearly century old footage has survived so long.  Little, if any, is left out in this set.  Even included here is the first time that the World Series went to a Game Seven.  Honus Wagner and the Pirates faced off against Ty Cobb and the Chicago Cubs.  Talk about baseball history.  Hearing the story from former players and seeing the pictures brings it all together.  This is just one example of what audiences have to look forward to with the set.

The stories of the Series are just the tip of the iceberg with this grand slam of a sports set.  Fans that pick up the four-disc set are also treated to a load of bonus features, including loads of media bloopers from the likes of Costas himself, Bryant Gumble, and so many others.  The bloopers are taken from the reporters’ own foibles, and even from moments shared with teams in their clubhouses.  There are also highlights of some of the World Series’ best clinchers, and some of the most famous first pitches ever thrown in the history of the World Series.  Again, this is just a tiny part of what this box set has to offer.  It doesn’t matter for which team a fan roots, after going through all four discs of this set, any baseball fan will be left singing “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” all winter long and counting the days for that first pitch of spring all over again.

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New MLB DVD Is A “Perfect” Bonus For Giants, Baseball Fans In 2012

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The San Francisco Giants are headed back to the playoffs again this year.  It’s the third straight year for the Giants, who last won the MLB title in 2010.  The Giants won the MLB title against the Texas Rangers in 2010, which also will be back in the playoffs this year.  The Giants’ return trip to the playoffs isn’t the only accomplishment of which the team has to be proud this year.  Regardless of what happens with the Giants, fans and the team can look back this year and smile knowing the team also earned its first ever perfect game this year.

The Giants’ first ever perfect game came this year on June 13th at the team’s home stadium, AT&T Park.  For once, the number thirteen proved to be good luck, as the Giants would dominate the Astros 10-0 over the course of nine innings.  Both teams would end up going scoreless in the last half of the game.  But thanks to the pitching of Matt Cain and the team’s impressive fielding work, all the Giants would need would be the first five innings.  Melky Cabrera would strike first in the bottom of the first inning with a home run that would bring in both himself and team mate Ryan Theriot.  Theriot had just gotten on base after a ground ball single to left field.  Cabrera’s homer sealed the inning for the Giants.

Things only got better for the Giants in the bottom of the second inning as Brandon Belt would also score a two run homer.  Belt’s homer also brought in Pablo Sandoval after Sandoval led the bottom of the inning with a fly ball single to Right Field.  Joaquin Arias came up to bat next, knocking out a fly ball deep to center field for a double.  Ground outs by Cain and fellow team mate Gregor Blanco would allow Arias to bring in run number three for the Bay area boys.

The Giants would be relentless as they headed into the bottom of the third with two more runs.  One Melky Cabrera would score one of the runs after a line drive single to Center Field by Sandoval off of Astros pitcher J.A. Happ.  Sandoval’s hit also sent catcher Buster Posey to third. Posey had originally hit a double on a deep line drive down the Left Field line.  Posey went on to score after a ground ball single to Right Field by Belt.  Both Belt and Sandoval were left stranded after both Cain and Blanco struck out. 

While Cain struck out, he kept showing his skills on the mound, keeping the Astros at bay for yet another inning in the fourth.  That would allow the Giants to open the team’s already seven run lead again with one more run by Ryan Theriot.  Theriot got on base with a line drive single to Center Field off of the Astros’ J.A. Happ.  Buster Posey’s line drive single to Center Field sent Theriot to third.  That, followed by Angel Pagan taking a walk to first, and a hit by Sandoval allowed Theriot to score and open the Giants’ lead to 8-0. 

The Giants followed up that run with what would be the last two of the game in the fifth off the pitching of the Astros’ Rhiner Cruz.  Matt Cain finally got on base with a ground ball single to Left Field.  Gregor Blanco followed Cain’s hit with a two-run home run to seal the inning.  Those two runs would be the only ones for the Giants.  But they would be enough to seal the game for the Giants.  The Astros’ defensive unit finally came to life in the sixth, holding the Giants scoreless from there on.  But after having scored ten runs in five innings, that defense proved to be too little too late.  The Giants went on to win on both its batting lineup and Cain’s pitching.  The team hit a total of fifteen hits and ten runs.  Now whether one is a Giants fan or a fan of the country’s greatest game in general, fans can re-live this greatest game any time as it’s now available on DVD.  It can be ordered direct via MLB Productions’ website, http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13117893.

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The Essential Games Of The Chicago Cubs Is Another Home Run From MLB Productions

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Frank Sinatra once sang of Chicago, “It’s a heck of a town.”  And he couldn’t be more right.  The Windy City has so much that makes it a rich town.  It’s got great music, great food, and equally great sports teams.  The Blackhawks, Bears, Bulls, and White Sox all have championships under their belts, as do the Cubs.  But it’s been over a century since the Cubs last brought home a title to Chi-town.  And this year doesn’t look too promising for the team, either.  So what’s a Cubs fan to do once the playoffs start?  Thanks to Major League Baseball Productions, fans have a whole new way to celebrate the legacy of this storied franchise in The Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs

The Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs features four of the greatest games in Cubs baseball history.  It starts fans at the famed 1960 Hall of Fame Showcase in which the Cubbies took down the Phillies.  Second in the set is the team’s 1984 stunning eleven inning win over the Cards.  The third of the collection is the Cubs’ 1998 NL Wild Card tiebreaker over the San Francisco Giants.  And last in the set takes fans back to another pivotal matchup against the Cubs’ NL Central foes, the St. Louis Cardinals in the teams’ 2008 Divisional faceoff.  All four games in this set make for great pieces of nostalgia not just for any Cubs fan, but for any fan of Major League Baseball.

The first game collected for The Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs is the team’s faceoff against the Phillies in what is now considered to be the team’s Hall of Fame Showcase.  This game featured four future Hall of Famers in the form of:  Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Ferguson Jenkins.  The Phillies struck first with a pair of runs in the first inning.  But the Cubs would answer back in the next two innings with a total of six runs scored.  The bottom of the third was where the Cubs’ bats would really start to warm up.  Billy Williams nailed a fly ball to Left Field for a triple.  Santo followed that up with a single down the third base line, putting him on first, but stranding Williams on third.  Ernie Banks came up next and hit a grounder, allowing Williams to score and moving Santo to second.  Willie Smith would seal the inning with a home run.  His home run also brought in both Santo and Banks, making for a total of four runs.

The Cubs would only score one more run in the bottom of the sixth after a single to Left Field by Billy Williams drove in Kessinger.  It would be all the Cubs needed despite the Phils pulling in one more run in the top of the seventh when Rich Barry scored on a sacrifice fly by Rojas.  The game’s final two innings went scoreless for both teams, leading to a 7-4 final and a “W” for the Cubs.

The Cubs/Phillies matchup from July 12, 1969 is without a doubt one of the best games in the history of the franchise.  It was a hard fought back and forth battle in which the Cubs really took control early on and never looked back.  It’s just one example of what makes this new set enjoyable for audiences.  Nearly two decades later, the Cubs would produce what is another landmark game for the team when it faced off against the Cardinals with the aid of Ryne Sandberg.  What makes this game among the standouts of the club is its comeback.  The team had given up seven runs in the first two innings alone.  Luckily for the Cubs, the Cards went scoreless in the next three innings while the Cubs would score twice in the bottom of the fifth.  And then in the bottom of the sixth, the Cubs’ bats finally came alive.  But it wasn’t until after the Cards brought in two more runs in the top of the inning, bringing the score to 9-8.  The Cubs’ sixth inning surge started after Cardinals pitcher Ralph Citarella hit Ron Cey on the arm.  Citarella was replaced by Neil Allen after that botched pitch.  But that switch-up would make little difference for the Redbirds.  Larry Bowa would be walked by Allen, loading the bases.  Rich Hebner came up to bat and hit a single, bringing in Keith Moreland for one of the team’s five runs.  Bob Dernier came up to bat next and hit a double, driving in Cey and Bowa and moving Hebner to third.  Next up was Ryne Sandberg.  Sandberg would seal with fifth with a single, allowing in both Hebner and Denier to score. 

The seventh and eighth innings would be relatively silent with both teams seeing three up and three down.  But in the bottom of the ninth, everything would change as Sandberg would come up to bat once more and slam a home run with the bases empty.  He would tie the game at nine each, and take the game into extra innings.  It was Sandberg’s eighth home run of the year.  He would tie it up one more time in the bottom of the tenth with his ninth home run of the season.  In the process, he brought in Dernier, too.  In simple terms, Sandberg single handedly brought in five of the Cubs total twelve runs from the game.  The game winner was hit by Dave Owen in the bottom of the eleventh.  The irony here is that his record up till that at bat hadn’t been that great.  He was hitless in his five previous at bats with runners in scoring position.  Owen only hit a single.  But it was all that the Cubs needed to clinch the game.  That single was enough to bring in Leon Durham for the win.

So much went on in this huge matchup between the Cubs and Cards.  As amazing as the action on the field was, it wasn’t all that made this a game worth checking out.  Believe it or not, movie lovers will appreciate this game.  At one point, the game’s commentators use the often mistaken line, “Judy, Judy, Judy”, which so many people believe Cary Grant said in one of his movies.  It was used in reference to Cubs player Jody Davis as he went up to bat.  Truth be told, Grant never said that line at any point in his career.  There’s also a reference to acting veteran Bill Murray’s son being partially named after Ernie Banks.  Allegedly, Murray used Banks’ name for his son’s middle name according to the men behind the mic.  These are just a couple of bonuses thrown throughout The Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs.  Fans will also revel in the box’s packaging.  It continues the style established by MLB productions in its other boxes.  Each game gets its very own slim case complete with box score on the back to help fans follow the games.  Even within the discs, fans can choose not just the innings or the whole game, but which half of each inning.  Combine this continued successful packaging and presentation with equally impressive games and The Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs proves to be another must have not just for Cubs fans, but for baseball fans in general.

The Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs is available now.  It can be ordered direct via MLB Productions’ website, http://shop.mlb.com/home/index.jsp

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