ESPN Kicks Off 2021 College Baseball Season With Extensive Broadcast Schedule

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The 2021 college baseball season is officially underway, and the ESPN networks have extensive coverage for the first full weekend and week of the season.

Coverage started at 2 p.m. ET Friday with a matchup of Evansville and Georgia on ESPN+. Other games featured in the busy opening day schedule were face-offs between Cincinnati and Clemson; Louisiana and Tulane, and No. 21 Miami and No. 1 Florida.

Coverage continues at 6 p.m. ET as UCF hosts Florida Atlantic on ESPN+. No. 25 East Carolina University will host Rhode Island at 7 p.m. ET, also on ESPN+.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the opening week and weekend of the 2021 college baseball season is scheduled to run through Feb. 28. The full broadcast schedule, which includes games on the ACC Network, Longhorn Network, SECN+ and ESPN+ is noted below.

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
 Fri. Feb.  196 p.m.Florida Atlantic at UCFESPN+
 7 p.m.Rhode Island at No. 25 East CarolinaESPN+
  No. 19 Tennessee at Georgia SouthernESPN+
 7:30 p.m.No. 20 Oklahoma State at Sam Houston StateESPN+
Sat, Feb. 20NoonEvansville at GeorgiaSECN+
 1 p.m.No. 21 Miami at No. 1 FloridaSECN+
  Dayton at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
  Bellarmine at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  UConn at No. 16 VirginiaACCNX
 2 p.m.Notre Dame at No. 12 LSUSECN+
  North Florida at No. 24 Florida StateACCNX
  Eastern Kentucky at No. 15 Georgia TechACCNX
  Bryant at High PointESPN+
  Toledo at USC UpstateESPN+
  Mississippi Valley State at SE LouisianaESPN+
  No. 19 Tennessee at Georgia SouthernESPN+
  Duke at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
  Elon at UNC GreensboroESPN+
 3 p.m.Presbyterian at No. 23 AuburnSECN+
  McNeese State at AlabamaSECN+
  Wright State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
  Xavier at Texas A&MSECN+
  Cincinnati at ClemsonACCNX
  Liberty at CampbellESPN+
  UT Martin at SamfordESPN+
  Texas Southern at HoustonESPN+
  Louisiana at TulaneESPN+
 4 p.m.Longwood at The CitadelESPN+
 6 p.m.Northeastern at No. 17 Wake Forest John Schriffen, Gaby SanchezACC Network
 6:30 p.m.Xavier at Texas A&MSECN+
Sun, Feb. 2111 a.m.North Florida at Florida StateACCNX
  Kent State at Virginia TechACCNX
 NoonEvansville at GeorgiaSECN+
  Dayton at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
  Bellarmine at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  Duke at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
 1 p.m.No. 21 Miami at No. 1 FloridaSECN+
  Notre Dame at No. 12 LSUSECN+
  Xavier at Texas A&MSECN+
  UConn at No. 16 VirginiaACCNX
  Cincinnati at ClemsonACCNX
  Northeastern at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  Eastern Kentucky at No. 15 Georgia TechACCNX
  Liberty at CampbellESPN+
  Toledo at USC UpstateESPN+
  Longwood at The CitadelESPN+
  No. 19 Tennessee at Georgia SouthernESPN+
  Texas Southern at HoustonESPN+
  Rhode Island at No. 25 East CarolinaESPN+
  Elon at UNC GreensboroESPN+
  Bryant at High PointESPN+
 2 p.m.SE Missouri State at South AlabamaESPN+
  UT Martin at SamfordESPN+
  Mississippi Valley State at SE LouisianaESPN+
  Louisiana at TulaneESPN+
 2:30 p.m.Kent State at Virginia TechACCNX
 3 p.m.Bellarmine at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
 3:30 p.m.Duke at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
Mon, Feb. 2212:05 p.m.TBD at KansasBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 5 p.m.UT Rio Grande Valley at BaylorBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 7 p.m.BYU at Texas StateESPN+
 7:30 p.m.Louisiana Tech at No. 12 LSUSECN+
Tue, Feb. 233 p.m.VMI at No. 16 Virginia Anish Shroff, Mike RooneyACC Network
  Eastern Kentucky at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  UNC Greensboro at No. 13 NC StateACCNX
 4 p.m.Miami (OH) at KentuckySECN+
  Winthrop at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
  Radford at Virginia TechACCNX
  Coastal Carolina at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  Belmont at North AlabamaESPN+
  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at HoustonESPN+
  Duke at No. 25 East CarolinaESPN+
  UNC Asheville at Western CarolinaESPN+
 4:30 p.m.Arkansas-Pine Bluff at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
 5 p.m.Arkansas State at No. 6 Ole MissSECN+
  Alabama State at SamfordESPN+
  UALR at No. 20 Oklahoma StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 5:30 p.m.Western Kentucky at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
 6 p.m.Stetson at UCFESPN+
 6:30 p.m.No. 21 Miami at USFESPN+
 7 p.m.New Orleans at TulaneESPN+
  Louisiana Tech at LouisianaESPN+
 7:30 p.m.Abilene Christian at Texas A&MSECN+
  Southern Miss at South AlabamaESPN+
  Texas Southern at No. 10 TCUBig 12 Now on ESPN+
Wed, Feb. 241 p.m.Mercer at No. 15 Georgia Tech Clay Matvick, Roddy JonesACC Network
 4 p.m.UT Martin at AlabamaSECN+
  North Carolina A&T at LibertyESPN+
 4:30 p.m.Arkansas-Pine Bluff at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
 5 p.m.UALR at No. 20 Oklahoma StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 7 p.m.No. 12 LSU at LouisianaESPN+
 7:30 p.m.BYU at No. 9 Texas Keith Moreland, Greg SwindellLonghorn Network
  Tarleton State at Texas A&MSECN+
Thu, Feb. 254 p.m.SE Missouri State at No. 8 ArkansasSECN+
 7:30 p.m.BYU at No. 9 Texas Keith Moreland, Greg SwindellLonghorn Network
Fri, Feb. 262 p.m.Mount St. Mary’s at RichmondESPN+
 3 p.m.Boston College at Duke Mike Monaco, Adam GreenbergACC Network
  Western Illinois at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  No. 16 Virginia at North CarolinaACCNX
  No. 15 Georgia Tech at No. 13 NC StateACCNX
  UMass Lowell at St. John’sESPN3
 4 p.m.Milwaukee at KentuckySECN+
  Wright State at AlabamaSECN+
  SE Missouri State at No. 8 ArkansasSECN+
  No. 18 South Carolina at ClemsonACCNX
  Notre Dame at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  Western Michigan at Kansas StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
  Bryant at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
  SIU Edwardsville at Wichita StateESPN+
 4:30 p.m.Indiana State at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
 5 p.m.Gardner-Webb at GeorgiaSECN+
  UCF at No. 6 Ole MissSECN+
  Dayton at CampbellESPN+
  Illinois State at No. 20 Oklahoma StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 5:30 p.m.Georgia State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
 6 p.m.Pitt at No. 24 Florida StateACCNX
 6:30 p.m.Samford at No. 1 FloridaSECN+
 7 p.m.Virginia Tech at No. 21 MiamiACCNX
  No. 25 East Carolina at Georgia SouthernESPN+
 7:30 p.m.BYU at No. 9 Texas Keith Moreland, Greg SwindellLonghorn Network
  Liberty at No. 10 TCUBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 8 p.m.Youngstown State at No. 12 LSUSECN+
  Oregon State at Grand CanyonESPN3
Sat, Feb. 27NoonGardner-Webb at GeorgiaSECN+
  UMass Lowell at St. John’sESPN3
 1 p.m.Western Illinois at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
 2 p.m.Milwaukee at KentuckySECN+
  Georgia State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
  Pitt at No. 24 Florida StateACCNX
  No. 16 Virginia at North CarolinaACCNX
  No. 15 Georgia Tech at No. 13 NC StateACCNX
  No. 25 East Carolina at Georgia SouthernESPN+
 2:30 p.m.Indiana State at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
  UCF at No. 6 Ole MissSECN+
 3 p.m.BYU at No. 9 Texas Keith Moreland, Greg SwindellLonghorn Network
  Wright State at AlabamaSECN+
  Youngstown State at No. 12 LSUSECN+
  Dayton at CampbellESPN+
  Western Michigan at Kansas StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
  Liberty at No. 10 TCUBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 3:30 p.m.UMass Lowell at St. John’sESPN3
 4 p.m.Clemson at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
  SE Missouri State at No. 8 ArkansasSECN+
  Notre Dame at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  No. 14 West Virginia at Coastal CarolinaESPN+
 5 p.m.Illinois State at No. 20 Oklahoma StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 5:30 p.m.Georgia State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
 7 p.m.No. 16 Virginia Tech at No. 21 MiamiACCNX
 7:30 p.m.Nicholls State at No. 12 LSUSECN+
 8 p.m.Pitt at No. 24 Florida State Roy Philpott, Gaby SanchezACC Network
Sun, Feb. 28NoonMount St. Mary’s at RichmondESPN+
 12:05 p.m.Boston College at DukeACCNX
 1 p.m.Milwaukee at KentuckySECN+
  Gardner-Webb at GeorgiaSECN+
  Indiana at No. 19 TennesseeSECN+
  Western Illinois at No. 5 LouisvilleACCNX
  Pitt at No. 24 Florida StateACCNX
  No. 16 Virginia at North CarolinaACCNX
  Virginia Tech at No. 21 MiamiACCNX
  Notre Dame at No. 17 Wake ForestACCNX
  Dayton at CampbellESPN+
  No. 25 East Carolina at Georgia SouthernESPN+
  Navy at George MasonESPN+
  UMass Lowell at St. John’sESPN3
 1:30 p.m.Clemson at No. 18 South CarolinaSECN+
 2 p.m.Wright State at AlabamaSECN+
  SE Missouri State at No. 8 ArkansasSECN+
  Georgia State at No. 4 VanderbiltSECN+
  Western Michigan at Kansas StateBig 12 Now on ESPN+
  Liberty at No. 10 TCUBig 12 Now on ESPN+
 2:30 p.m.UCF at No. 6 Ole MissSECN+
 3 p.m.Kennesaw State at Coastal CarolinaESPN+

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Website: https://www.espn.com/college-sports

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Shout! Factory, MLB Productions To Release 2020 World Series Next Month

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Shout! Factory and MLB Productions will bring the 2020 World Series home next month.

2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is scheduled for release Feb. 9 through Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball Productions. The set will feature the 2020 World Series in whole on separate DVD and Blu-ray presentations. As added bonuses, each platform’s presentation will also feature Game 3 of the National League Division Series and Game Seven of the National League Championship Series to enhance the set’s presentation.

2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is expected to retail for MSRP of $59.98 (DVD) and $74.98 (Blu-ray). Its release follows that of its companion documentary film 2020 World SeriesLos Angeles Dodgers, which was released Dec. 8.

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ESPN Reveals Tentative ‘SNB’ Broadcast Schedule For MLB’s 2021 Season

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ESPN on Friday announced its tentative early Sunday Night Baseball broadcast schedule for Major League Baseball’s 2021 season.

The network’s tentative schedule (due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic) launches April 4 with a matchup of the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels. Coverage will tentatively continue April 11 as the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves go under the lights. It runs through Sept. 12 to close out the season, with the New York Yankees and Mets face off in a subway series game.

ESPN’s tentative early Sunday Night Baseball broadcast schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game
April 48:30 p.m.*Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels
April 117 p.m.Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
April 187 p.m.Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs
April 257 p.m.San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
May 27 p.m.New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
May 97 p.m.Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
May 167 p.m.St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres
May 237 p.m.Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
May 307 p.m.Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets
July 47 p.m.New York Mets vs. New York Yankees
July 157 p.m.Thursday MLB second-half opener: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
July 187 p.m.Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
Sept. 128 p.m.*New York Yankees vs. New York Mets

Opening night for the 2021 MLB season is scheduled to take place April 1. ESPN is tentatively scheduled to broadcast the game, which will see the Washington Nationals hosting the Mets.

In other news, MLB great (and Cincinnati Reds legend) Joe Morgan will receive a tribute from ESPN during the upcoming season. Morgan was ESPN’s very first analyst, working alongside then play-by-play voice Jon Miller. The duo composed what was one of ESPN’s longest-tenured and highest-profile teams, calling games together from 1999-2010.

More information on ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

Websitehttp://espn.go.com/mlb

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ESPNBaseballTonight

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/BBTN

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Shout! Factory, MLB Productions Announce Release Date, Specs For World Series Sets

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Los Angeles Dodgers fans and baseball fans alike can relive history beginning next month.

Major League Baseball Productions and Shout! Factory have partnered to release 2020 World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers Dec. 8. The 90-minute presentation takes audiences through the Dodgers’ 2020 season all the way through the World Series.

Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully narrates the program, which culminates in the Dodgers’ first World Series Championship in 32 years.

Scully was humble as he talked about taking part in the production.

“It was 32 years since the Dodgers won a World Series and the seventh in the history of the organization, bringing great joy to their fans and the city of Los Angeles in particular,” said Scully. “This is their winning story against the Tampa Bay Rays, and it’s an honor for me to recount just how they did it.”

Media access was limited this year as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. However, approved access and other feeds allowed for this year’s production to happen. The set is expected to retail for MSRP of $19.98 (DVD) and $26.98 (Blu-ray/DVD combo pack).

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/MLB Prouctions

As an additional bonus, the entire six-game world series is scheduled for release Feb. 9 through Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball Productions. The set will feature Game 3 of the National League Division Series and Game Seven of the National League Championship Series as bonus content.

2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is expected to retail for MSRP of $59.98 (DVD) and $74.98 (Blu-ray).

More information on these and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online at:

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ESPN To Carry World Series Coverage, Analysis On Radio, Television

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ESPN Radio will carry full coverage of the World Series as the championship battle begins tonight.

Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET. Along with airing on the radio, it will also stream online through ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN App, and Sirius XM’s Channel 80.

ESPN’s Dan Shulman will anchor the coverage for the 10th consecutive year. Jessica Mendoza will make history as she becomes the first woman to serve as an analyst during ESPN Radio’s coverage. Chris Singleton rounds out the network’s broadcast team for the coverage.

ESPN Senior MLB Insider Buster Olney will provide all of the game’s latest headlines. His reports will come remotely.

ESPN Radio’s coverage of the 2020 MLB World Series will come from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Pre-game coverage is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET with Mark Kestecher anchoring and various analysts joining him.

This year marks the 23rd consecutive season that ESPN Radio has carried coverage of the World Series.

ESPN Radio’s broadcast schedule for the 2020 MLB World Series is noted below.

2020 World Series schedule

DateGame
Tue, Oct. 20World Series Game 1
Wed, Oct. 21World Series Game 2
Fri, Oct. 23World Series Game 3
Sat, Oct. 24World Series Game 4
Sun, Oct. 25World Series Game 5* if necessary
Tue, Oct. 27World Series Game 6* if necessary
Wed, Oct. 28World Series Game 7* if necessary

Over on the television side, Baseball Tonight will preview each game of the World Series at 7 p.m. ET. The program’s broadcast schedule is noted below.

Baseball Tonight schedule

DateTime (ET)Platform
Tue, Oct. 207 p.m.ESPN, ESPN App
Wed, Oct. 217 p.m.ESPN, ESPN App
Fri, Oct. 237 p.m.ESPN2, ESPN App
Sun, Oct. 25*6 p.m.ESPN, ESPN App
Tue, Oct. 27*7 p.m.ESPN2, ESPN App
Wed, Oct. 28*7 p.m.ESPN, ESPN App

More information on ESPN’s upcoming MLB broadcasts is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

Websitehttp://www.espn.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ESPN

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/espn

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TBS To Offer Extensive American League Postseason Coverage Starting Tuesday

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Major League Baseball’s postseason starts Tuesday, and TBS will carry full coverage of the American League Wild Card series as the “second season” starts.

The Toronto Blue Jays and No.1 seed Tampa Bay Rays will face off in the American League Wild Card Series presented by Hankook Tire starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.  Rich Waltz and analyst Jimmy Rollins will have the call for the best-of-three series.  The team will play the series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.

In related news, TBS will also carry exclusive coverage of the American League Division Series presented by UTZ Snacks and the American League Championship Series presented by GEICO.  Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member Pedro Martinez, Rollins — who is a former National League MVP — and three-time All-Star Curtis Granderson will join anchor Ernie Johnson in the studio for coverage of the ALDS and ALCS in The Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Rocket Mortgage and The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Hyundai.

All games covered by TBS will simulcast at https://www.tbs.com and the WatchTBS App.

More information on TBS’ Major League Baseball coverage is available online now at:

 

Websitehttp://tbs.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/tbsnetwork

 

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Cubs, White Sox To Close Out Weekend Series, Season Sunday On TBS

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TBS will close out its coverage of Major League Baseball’s 2020 regular season Sunday.

The network will carry a cross-conference matchup between the Chicago Cubs and their cross-town rivals, the Chicago White Sox.  Sunday’s game is the closer in a three-game series between the teams.

Coverage is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET.  Joe Simpson will anchor the broadcast.  Ron Darling will provide additional commentary.

Neither team has announced the starting pitcher for Sunday’s game.  The White Sox (34-21) sit atop the American League Central and are second in the American League as of Wednesday.  Additionally, the team has already punched its ticket for the postseason, which starts Sept. 28.

The White Sox aren’t the only ones with bragging rights.  The Cubs (32-23) lead the National League Central and are fourth in the National League as of Wednesday.

The host White Sox are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 17-10 at home so far this year.  The Cubs meanwhile are 6-4 in their last 10 games and 13-9 on the road.  By comparison, the White Sox have proven just as good on the road (17-11) as at home while the Cubs have shown their own success at home, going 19-14 at Wrigley Stadium.

Looking at the numbers for Sundays game (and this weekend’s series), neither team is favored more over the other, which will make for an engaging finale for each team in the series and season.

More information on TBS’ Major League Baseball coverage is available online now at:

 

Websitehttp://tbs.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/tbsnetwork

 

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TBS Launches NLCS Coverage Tonight

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Major League Baseball’s postseason is in full swing (yes, that awful pun was intended), and audiences can follow the full National League Championship Series live on TBS.

Coverage of the NLCS starts at 8 p.m. ET tonight.  The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Washington Nationals for the league’s National League Championship in that half of the league’s “Final Four.”

Brian Anderson will anchor TBS’ coverage of the best-of-seven series.  MLB on TBS analysts Ron Darling and Jeff Francoeur will join Anderson in the booth for additional commentary.  Reporter Lauren Shehadi will be on the diamond for all of the series’ in-game news.

MLB veteran and two-time NL Champion Curtis Granderson will join TBS’ studio team of Pedro Martinez, nine-time MLB All-Star Gary Sheffield, former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins and studio anchor Casey Stern for the network’s in-studio coverage of the series.

Streaming coverage of the series is available online at tbs.com and via the TBS app.  All games will also be available in Spanish via SAP.  TBS’ broadcast schedule for the NLCS is noted below.

2019 National League Championship Series Game Schedule

Friday, Oct. 11

7 p.m. ET – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Casey Stern, Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield, Jimmy Rollins & Curtis Granderson
8 p.m. – NLCS Game 1: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Jeff Francoeur & Lauren Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Saturday, Oct. 12

3:30 p.m. – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
4 p.m. – NLCS Game 2: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Monday, Oct. 14

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Tuesday, Oct. 15

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Wednesday, Oct. 16

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 5: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (if nec.)
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Friday, Oct. 18

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 6: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals (if nec.)
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Saturday, Oct. 19

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 7: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals (if nec.)
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

More information on TBS’ coverage of the NLCS is available online now at:

 

Website: http://tbs.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TBSNetwork

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tbsnetwork

 

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Schedule For Upcoming MLB Games

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The Cubs and Brewers will go under the lights Sunday night live on ESPN.

The National League Central foes, who are one, two in the division, will close out their three-game weekend series at Wrigley Field.  Milwaukee blanked Chicago 7-0 in the series’ opener Friday.  The teams face off in the series’ second game Saturday afternoon at 2:20 p.m.

Jon Lester (3-2) is scheduled to start for Chicago in Sunday’s game.  His last time on the mound was May 7 against Miami.  Lester allowed two runs on eight hits over the course of six innings in that game, and struck out six batters.

Jhoulys Chacin (3-3) is scheduled to get the start for Milwaukee in Sunday’s game.  His last time on the mound was May 6 against Washington.  He allowed two runs, two walks, two earned runs and three hits over five innings in the game,despite the Brewers’ 5-3 win over the Nats.  Chacin also allowed one home run during his time on the mound.

Milwaukee has proven better at home than on the road so far this year, going 16-8 at home and 8-8 on the road.  However, the Brewers are in the midst of a seven-game win streak.  The Cubs meanwhile, 13-6 at home and 9-8 on the road so far this season and comes into Saturday’s game on the heels of their Friday loss to the Brewers.  The loss comes after the Cubs took three of four against Miami this week.

Sunday’s ESPN Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell broadcast launches at 7 p.m. Matt Vasgersian will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Alex Rodriguez for additional commentary.  Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call on ESPN Radio.

Sunday night’s game will also be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and online via the ESPN app.  It will be preceded at 6 p.m. by ESPN’s MLB pre-game broadcast of Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Mark Teixera and Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

Milwaukee will have no time to rest following Sunday’s match.  The Brewers will be back in action at home on ESPN Monday night on the network’s weekly Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA.  Monday’s game is the opener in a four-game series against the National League East-leading Philadelphia Phillies.  The starting pitchers for Monday’s game have not been announced.

Karl Ravech will anchor Monday night’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts David Ross Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

ESPN’s MLB coverage coverage continues Wednesday with Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire as the Braves and Cardinals face off in the second game of a three-game cross-conference.  At this time, Michael Wacha (3-0) is the only pitcher formally announced for the game. 

Wacha is scheduled to start for St. Louis in that game.  His last time on the mound was Thursday against the Cardinals NL foes, the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Cardinals routed the Pirates 17-4 in that game, with Wacha taking the win. 

Wacha allowed four runs, one walk, one home run and four earned runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings in the game. He also struck out two batters.

The starting pitcher for the Braves was not noted at the time of this release.

Coverage of Wednesday’s game is scheduled to start at 7:20 p.m. Jon Sciambi and David Ross will have the call for the game.

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MLB, Shout! Factory’s 2018 World Series Presentation Is Another Grand Slam

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Winter is officially here again, and for fans of the National Football League, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.  For others though – baseball fans – it means there are still two months until the start of Spring Training for the 2019 season.  Thanks to Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball Productions, that wait is a little bit easier (for some at least) with their annual World Series releases, The 2018 World Series documentary and 2018 World Series Collector’s Edition: Boston Red Sox.  This is an especially positive combination of releases for the most devoted Boston fans, and for baseball aficionados in general.  It might be difficult to watch for those who have a very strong dislike of Boston (this critic included), but for others who might not have such a strong dislike, it will be a welcome overall presentation.  That is due in no small part to the set’s overall presentation.  This will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content provided in the sets adds to their presentations.  The sets’ overall average price range rounds out their most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered, they make the two presentations collectively yet another home run for the most devoted Boston fans and for baseball aficionados who don’t have a strong dislike of Boston.

Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball Productions have had quite the successful run of things in recent years with their partnership.  That partnership has seen the release of the Chicago Cubs’ historic World Series win, full presentations of World Series wins by the San Francisco Giants  and the historic first win by the Houston Astros, just to name a few.  That partnership continued this year with the release early this month with the presentation of the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series win.  The team’s fourth title win in 15 years, the series is presented in full through The 2018 World Series documentary and 2018 World Series Collector’s Edition: Boston Red Sox.  That presentation forms the foundation for the sets’ presentation.  The Collector’s Edition presents the entire five-game 2018 World Series from its first pitch to its last right from the original broadcasts on FOX.  The documentary presentation adds to that presentation by turning the series into a cinematic experience while also highlighting the key moments from the series and presenting commentary from members of the Dodgers and Red Sox.  The doc also presents some interesting “non-game” moments for people to enjoy, such as Kirk Gibson taking a pitch from Dennis Eckersley ahead of Game 4, and Dodgers Manager (and former Red Sox player) Dave Roberts sharing memories with members of his former team, including former teammates from the 2004 season.  The doc, narrated by award-winning actress Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black, My Little Pony: The Movie, The Wiz Live) takes audiences deeper into the series, creating even more appreciation for the set’s overall presentation. Aduba’s narration alone does so much to capture the intensity of the series, especially in that 18-inning Game 3.  She puts the emphasis on all of the right moments, pulling in audiences that much more.  The whole of that depth and the full experience presented by the Collector’s Edition makes this set’s overall presentation such that it creates a solid foundation for the set.  That foundation is strengthened even more through the bonus content presented collectively in each presentation.

The bonus content included in the Collector’s Edition is the most important of the bonus material featured in this year’s set.  As with past years’ sets, the companion booklet included with the Collector’s Edition is that bonus material.  It takes audiences game-by-game, providing specific box scores for each game, as well as gametime temps, game lengths, in terms of time, and even game-specific trivia, such as the revelation that “the 18 combined pitchers used in Game 3 was the most in history for a Postseason game” and that “Cody Bellinger’s sliding catch in Game 2 had only a 14 percent chance of being caught, meaning it was a critical catch.  Between this information and everything else presented throughout the course of the booklet, audiences are taken even deeper into each game, than just the presentations on the surface.  It makes the experience that much more engaging for audiences, and that much more impressive especially for those noted aficionados who are not defiantly anti-Boston.  The addition of the regular and post season highlights in the series’ documentary as bonus content adds yet another layer of engagement and entertainment for audiences.  Those highlights include the post season series highlights and even key moments in the regular season that punched the Bosox’ ticket to the post season.  There is even a featurette that highlights even more so, how Boston made its way to the postseason.  It uses footage of the team’s regular season play to show the road that the team took, leading the league in games won, and the work that went into it all.  When one considers the engagement and entertainment offered through that featurette, the value of the box scores and trivia featured in the Collector’s Edition companion booklet and regular season highlights in the doc, one will see that the bonus content featured in this overall set is its own important material.

As if the actual content presented across the set is not enough, it once again offers four different audio options.  Audiences can take in the game via the Dodgers’ home radio, that of the Red Sox, the actual game telecast from it’s broadcast on FOX and also on Spanish radio.  Simply put, audiences are given plenty of options through which they can take in each game.  This applies to all five games, adding even more for audiences to appreciate.  This is yet another tradition that MLB Productions and Shout! Factory have carried through its past World Series collections, and for which the companies should again be complimented.  When this is all considered along with the primary content presented across both presentations, the whole of all of the noted content makes the whole even more engaging and entertaining.  The result is a presentation that is well worth the money paid for the sets.

The overall average price point of the 2018 World Series documentary and World Series Collector’s Edition: Boston Red Sox barely tops the $80 mark.  That price is reached by averaging prices from Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Shout! Factory.  Additionally, it is obtained by collectively averaging the prices for the Collector’s Edition and 2018 World Series documentary from each noted site.  Considering that the average price for the Collector’s Edition totals a little more than $60 and the doc alone averages a little more than $20, that total average is actually quite affordable.  Add in the breadth and depth of the primary and secondary content featured throughout the two presentations, and that pricing proves even more affordable.  It might not be overly inexpensive, but that collective average price for the two presentations also does not break the bank.  Keeping this in mind, it makes the two sets together well worth the purchase by and for any Boston devotee and baseball aficionado who does not completely despise the Red Sox.

Shout! Factory and MLB Productions’ latest World Series presentation, which once again features the World Series in its entirety and companion documentary, is another win for both companies.  As noted through this discussion, that is due in no small part to the collective primary content displayed across each presentation.  By themselves, the content entertains and engages audiences easily.  Collectively, that primary content forms a rock solid foundation for the set.  The bonus content featured in each set comes together to once again pull in audiences even more, continuing a long-running tradition for the companies that is just as welcome now as it was with the organizations’ first release.  The set’s overall average price range is relatively affordable, coming in at just under $100 for the two presentations.  Considering the breadth and depth of the noted content, that average price of a little more than $80 for the pair is not a bank-breaking price, and one that true Major League Baseball aficionados and Boston Red Sox fans will agree is money well-spent.  When this is considered along with the noted content, the whole of these two sets proves to be a grand slam for Major League Baseball and Shout! Factory.  Both sets are available now on DVD and Blu-ray.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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