ESPN Adds Championship Manager To Its ‘Baseball Tonight’ Broadcast Team

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ESPN has added another big name to its Baseball Tonight broadcast team.

The network announced Friday that it has inked a deal with World Series Champion manager John Farrell to join its team.  Farrell, who currently serves as an adviser for the Cincinnati Reds, led the Boston Red Sox to a World Series Championship in 2013.

Farrell is currently scheduled to make his Baseball Tonight debut next Wednesday, March 29 at midnight on ESPN2.  From there, he will join the Baseball Tonight broadcast team each week throughout the 2018 Major League Baseball season ahead of each Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.

Farrell said of his new deal that he was looking forward to getting started.

“I’m excited to join ESPN and contribute to its Major League Baseball coverage,” Ferrell said.

Seth Markman, ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer, said he was happy to have Ferrell added to the network.

“John is a World Series Champion who brings a wealth of knowledge, plus the always-valuable manager’s perspective,” Markman said.

Along with his debut broadcast, he will appear again March 29 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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‘2017 World Series’ Doc Is An Excellent Companion Piece To The ‘2017 World Series Collector’s Edition’ Set

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The Houston Astros’ run to the 2017 World Series Championship is an historic part of Major League Baseball’s history. When the city that the team calls home was inundated by flood waters from Hurricane Harvey, the team became a beacon of hope for its residents. The team took that mantle and literally ran with it, giving its all from one game to the next, eventually finishing the regular season with 101 wins before advancing steadily but surely through the post season and on to the World Series Championship. Now thanks to Major League Baseball Productions and Shout! Factory, baseball fans nationwide can relive the Astros’ unlikely season, from the devastation of Harvey this summer to the final out of the World Series’ seventh game in the new 2017 World Series documentary. That story is told through the doc’s bonus material and its roughly 90-minute main feature, both of which are key elements of the doc’s presentation. The doc’s availability on DVD, Blu-ray and digital on one platform is also key in that it allows viewers to take in the story in all three platforms through just one setting. Each element is important in its own right to this forthcoming documentary, which is currently set to be released Tuesday, Dec. 5. All things considered, they make this documentary a solid companion piece for the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros.

Major League Baseball Productions and Shout! Factory’s upcoming 2017 World Series documentary is a solid companion piece to the companies’ also soon-to-be-released 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros. That is due in no small part to the story told through the pairing of the doc’s bonus material and its main feature. The main feature, which runs roughly 90 minutes, takes audiences through the entirety of the 2017 World Series, one game at a time, while also acknowledging the motivation that the Astros had to play so hard. It is told through the words of the men who took to the field on both sides of the ball game-by-game and through footage recorded during each game. That footage includes pre-game warmups by both teams. The frank words from the players does plenty to enhance the series’ importance because it lets audiences know firsthand what they must have been feeling in each game. The original broadcast audio from both teams’ radio networks adds even more emotion to the story. While there is some extraneous narration from Morgan Spector, his verbiage is kept to a minimum, making the experience all the more enjoyable. That minimization allows the teams and announcers to tell the story, again making for plenty of enjoyment. That enjoyment more than ensures viewers’ maintained engagement from beginning to end. Of course the story told through the doc’s main feature is only one way in which the story told here proves so solid. The story told through the bonus material also plays into that strength.

The bonus material included in the 2017 World Series documentary includes two short yet impacting segments — “Houston Strong” and “How They Got There” — that tell the story of the Astros’ motivation to play hard for Houston and the impact of that drive. The prior tells the story in short but concise fashion, the story of Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston and of the Astros’ desire to be there for the city’s people. The latter tells the story of how the team’s efforts got it through its highs and even the lows of mid-season injuries, eventually giving way to the acquisition of Justin Verlander and the return to form for the Astros. The whole thing culminates with the Astros’ ALCS win over the Yankees. Given, it’s an extremely brief mention, but is there nonetheless. The bonus “Clenching Moments” and “Regular Season Highlights” reels add to the story told through the two main bonuses, making for even more engagement and entertainment for audiences. When all of this additional bonus material is set alongside the doc’s main feature, the end result is, for all intents and purposes, an in-depth story of how the Astros went from starting over from 2016’s struggles to taking on the mantle of Houston’s guiding light (so to speak) to Major League Baseball Champions. It is a story that every baseball fan will appreciate regardless of team loyalty, and is just one more reason that the doc in whole proves such a solid companion to the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros. The availability of the program on three separate platforms in one single setting puts the finishing touch on the program’s presentation.

Major League Baseball Productions and Shout! Factory have made it possible for audiences to enjoy the 2017 World Series documentary on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms in one single combo pack. That’s nothing new for the companies’ World Series documentaries. What is really great for audiences is that they have made it possible for audiences to enjoy the program on all three platforms in one single setting, rather than forcing them to choose between platforms. The average price point of $22.78 ($23 and change with tax) gives audiences all three platforms in one, allowing them to enjoy the program at home and on the go. For those wanting just one platform, the program is also being made available on standalone DVD at an aver age price point of $20.22. That’s not a bad price point, and is cheaper on the surface than the price point for the 3-platform combo pack. However in a 24/7 digital world, the slightly more expensive combo pack that includes a digital download code makes more sense. Not only that but it also allows audiences to watch the program on any platform or even lend one of the discs to family and/or friends without worry. Keeping that in mind, the availability of this documentary on both multi-platform setting and a single platform setting shows how much thought was put even into this aspect of its presentation. MLB Productions and Shout! Factory are to be commended just as much for this as for the product presented through the program’s central and bonus content. When all of this is considered along with the story told through the noted content, the result is a presentation that is just as enjoyable to take in as the actual World Series and that expertly completes the presentation of this year’s Fall Classic.

MLB Productions and Shout! Factory’s upcoming 2017 World Series documentary program is a solid companion piece for the companies 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros. It takes the presentation in that program and builds on it by giving audiences an even deeper look into the World Series from the mouths of the men who took the field. It also takes audiences through the Astros’ regular and post season with separate highlights reels. Those reels, while short, come together in whole to paint a relatively full picture of Houston’s road to the World Series. The availability of that full story on three platforms in one setting (DVD/BD/digital combo pack) strengthens the program’s presentation even more. Each element is clearly important in its own right to the presentation’s whole. All things considered, they make the 2017 World Series documentary a solid companion piece for the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros and certainly another program that every baseball fan will appreciate regardless of team loyalty. It will be available Dec. 5 and can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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Shout! Factory, MLB Productions Score Again With The 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros

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The boys of summer are officially done for another year, but as teams take their annual break from the fields, fans nationwide will soon have a new way to pass the time as they count the days to the start of the 2018 season. That is because Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball have partnered to release this season’s seven-game World Series in whole on DVD and Blu-ray in the form of the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros. This collection is everything that baseball fans have come to expect from the sport’s annual World Series collections beginning with the series’ very presentation. This will be discussed shortly. The set’s companion booklet adds to that presentation, and will be discussed later. The set’s bonus American League Championship Series Game 7 is a welcome bonus that rounds out the set’s most important elements. Each element is key in its own way in this collection’s presentation. All things considered, they make this latest World Series Collection another set that baseball fans nationwide will appreciate regardless of team loyalty.

Major League Baseball and Shout! Factory’s forthcoming 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros is a collection that baseball fans nationwide will appreciate regardless of team loyalty. That is due in no small part to the set’s very presentation. Presented in this set is the complete 2017 World Series. All seven games are shown from the top of each inning to the bottom just as they aired on FOX stations nationwide. As an added bonus, audiences can choose how they experience the game’s call not just one way, not two ways, but four ways — the Dodgers’ radio network, Astros’ radio network, Spanish-Language radio broadcast and Fox television broadcast. In giving audiences so many listening options once again, Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball Productions have once more shown great respect for baseball fans everywhere. The edits between innings are clean, making the experience all the more engaging and entertaining. That is because keeping the commercial breaks in the production maintains the feeling of having seen the series live without the wait times from the initial airings. As if all of that is not enough for audiences, each disc once again presents the final score for said game on its art, setting the stage before each game even starts. Shout! Factory and MLB Productions are to be highly commended for paying such close attention to every detail yet again. It shows that MLB Productions has lived up to its reputation once more in this box set. Keeping that in mind, it’s just one way in which MLB Productions has impressed yet again with this set. The companion booklet included in the set adds just as much enjoyment to the set’s presentation.

The companion booklet that is included in the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros gives audiences just as much to appreciate as the presentation of the games themselves. As with every one of the Fall Classic’s past home releases, the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros‘ companion booklet takes audiences game-by-game through the series. Stats for each team are presented again for each game alongside inning-by-inning scores, trivia about the teams’ (and series’) history, gametime weather, game lengths in terms of time (and innings) and so much more. Some of the key trivia included in the rundown for Game 1 included the revelation that this year’s series marked the first time since the 1970 World Series between the Reds and Orioles that two 100-game-plus teams faced off for MLB’s top title. In the Game 5 info, audiences learn that “the eight go-ahead homers and six game-tying blasts hit in Games 1 through 5 are both records for a Fall Classic of any length.” Between the in-depth, game-specific stats, trivia and other info included in the series’ companion booklet, audiences get a full standalone experience in itself from the booklet. When the games are on, audiences can use the booklet as a program of sorts, following every pitch, hit and out as it happens, making the experience just as good as being at the games, if not better. This dual purpose use makes clear why this set’s booklet is so important to its overall presentation. It is not the last of the set’s most critical elements, either. The set’s bonus American League Championship Series Game 7 presentation rounds out the set’s most important elements.

Just as with each of the World Series’ games, Shout! Factory and MLB Productions present the seventh game of the ALCS in its entirety. The companies did not ignore that game either in the set’s companion booklet. It is outlined in full in its own page in the booklet. Given, the trivia included in the World Series games is not there. The full details on the game are there, though, allowing audiences to follow that game just as easily as the World Series games. Also as with the World Series games, the ALCS Game 7 disc also features its final score on its art, once more setting the stage for the game. Houston won that game 4 – 0 against the Yankees, who at the time of this posting are interviewing Carlos Beltran (a former Yankees player) for its managerial job. When all the positives of this bonus game are set alongside the positives of the set’s 2017 World Series presentation, the whole of the two presentations — and the set’s companion booklet — make this collection overall yet another home run for Shout! Factory, MLB productions and baseball fans alike.

Shout! Factory and MLB Productions upcoming 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros box set is a collection that is a home run for baseball fans nationwide regardless of team loyalty. That is due in part to the full seven-game series presentation of this year’s World Series and the full presentation of the Astros’ ALCS Game 7 matchup against the New York Yankees. The set’s companion booklet adds even more to its presentation because of the breadth of information highlighted in each game. That includes game-specific trivia, box scores and stats. That information, coupled with the complete in-depth broadcasts, makes watching each game (whether on DVD or Blu-ray) just as good as seeing The 2017 World Series in its original broadcast if not better. The 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros will be available next Tuesday, Dec. 5. It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s store. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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ESPN To Close 2017 MLB Regular Season Schedule With “Western” Showdown

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ESPN will close out its coverage of Major League Baseball’s 2017 regular season later this month with a modern day “Western” showdown.

The Dodgers and Astros will face off Sept. 24 live in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.  Los Angeles currently leads the NL West at 92 – 51, 11 games ahead of the division’s second-place team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Houston leads the AL West at 86 – 57, 13 games ahead of the second place Angels.

Neither team has announced its starting lineup for the game, which will be the closer for the teams’ three-game series.  The game is currently scheduled for an 8:05 p.m. start time according to the league’s official website.

Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will have all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the game’s call on ESPN Radio.

More information on ESPN’s coverage of the team’s Sept. 24 game is available online now along with all of the latest Major League Baseball headlines at http://www.espn.com/mlb.

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Indians, Orioles Close 3-Game Series Sunday Live On ESPN

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ESPN will feature an American League interdivisional matchup this weekend on Sunday Night Baseball.

The American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians will play host to the Baltimore Orioles (American League East) live at Progressive Field.  Broadcast of Sunday’s game is currently scheduled to start at 8 p.m. with Dan Shulman on the call.

He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on hand for all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Sunday night’s broadcast will be preceded by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7 p.m. ET.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast and will be joined by David Ross and Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the game’s call on ESPN Radio.  They will also call the second game in the teams’ three-game series Saturday on ESPN Radio.

Trevor Bauer (15 – 8) is expected to get the start for Cleveland Sunday night while  Jeremy Hellickson (8 – 8) is expected to take the mound for Baltimore.

Cleveland is currently looking strong as the regular season nears its end. It was riding a 14-game win streak at last report and was looking for its 15th straight win Thursday night as it played the Chicago White Sox.  It earned its 14th straight win against the White Sox Wednesday night in a 5 – 1 win.

Cleveland’s home record has proven respectable, too at 36 – 29 so far this season.  The Indians have proven to be just as good on the road as at home, too, going 47 – 27 so far this season on the road.

Baltimore currently sits third in the AL East, eight games back from the division-leading Boston Red Sox.  The Orange Birds have struggled this season on the road, going 27 – 39 so far on that record.  The team has done considerably better at home with a 44 – 30 home record so far and will be looking to bounce back in this weekend’s series after falling to the Yankees at home Thursday 9 – 1.

More information on Sunday’s series closer between the Orioles and Indians is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at http://www.espn.com/mlb.

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ESPN To Air Special MLB Double Header On Independence Day

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ESPN will celebrate America’s birthday this year with a celebration of the country’s national pastime.

Network officials announced recently the network will carry a special Major League Baseball double header on July 4th.  The schedule starts with a National League inter-divisional matchup between the Phillies and Pirates at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.  American League opponents Boston and Texas round out the day’s double header schedule beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Rotations and pitchers have not been announced for either game.  The July 4 matchup between the Phillies and Pirates will be the second of a four-game series between the NL foes while it the AL showdown between the Red Sox and Rangers will be the second in a three-game series between those teams.

More information on ESPN’s special Independence Day double header schedule is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at http://www.espn.com/mlb.

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ESPN Deportes To Carry Exclusive Spanish-Language World Baseball Classic Coverage

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ESPN is expanding its coverage of the World Baseball Classic.

The worldwide leader in sports is expanding coverage of the annual baseball event this year to include coverage from ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN and a Spanish-language simulcast of Final on Match 22 on ESPN2.

ESPN Deportes’ coverage of the tournament begins March 6 at 10 p.m. ET with first-round pool play featuring Israel vs. Chinese Taipei.  On March 9, things pick up even more as defending champion Dominican Republic makes its debut against Canada at 6 p.m. ET.  Mexico vs. Italy airs immediately after Dominican Republic vs. Canada at 9 p.m. ET.

MLB Network will partner with ESPN for additional coverage of the World Baseball Classic.

The 2017 World Baseball Classic will feature some of Major League Baseball’s biggest names.  They include Miguel Cabrera (Venezuela), Nolan Arenado (United States), Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico) among many others.  In all, 63 MLB All-Stars have appeared through the years at the World Baseball Classic.

Adding to the tournament’s international feel, ESPN Deportes has launched a new marketing campaign for its coverage of the World Baseball Classic featuring Latin Grammy ®-winners ChocQuib Town.  The group’s song ‘De Donde Vengo Yo’ will serve as the music base for the network’s World Baseball Classic-related television promotions.

The tournament’s extensive coverage and list of superstars to appear is just part of what will make ESPN networks’ coverage stand out this year.  The networks’ list of talent covering the tournament stands out just as much as the superstars playing in the games.

ESPN Deportes’ experts tapped to help cover the tournament includes: Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Guillermo Celis, Eduardo Perez, Jorge Eduardo Sanchez, Eitan Benezra, Fernando Alvarez, Carolina Guillen, Renato Bermudez, Carlos Nava, Jorge Morejon, Jose Francisco Rivera, Kenneth Garay and Enrique Rojas.

Former MLB player and manager Ozzie Guillen will join ESPN Deportes’ staff for additional commentary throughout the tournament.  Fellow legends Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez and Ismael Valdez will also join the networks’ staff for more insight.  Pedro Gomez and Marly Rivera will serve as bilingual reporters for SportsCenter, Nacion ESPN on ESPN2 and Baseball Tonight.

The ESPN networks’ broadcast schedule for the World Baseball Classic is noted below.

Detailed schedule below includes live events for Round 1 and Round 2:

DATE

TIME (ET)

MATCH

NETWORKS

Mon, March 6

4:30 a.m.

Israel vs. Korea

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

10:00 p.m.

Israel vs. Chinese Taipei

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Tue, March 7

4:30 a.m.

Korea vs. Netherlands

ESPN Deportes+

5:00 a.m.

Cuba vs. Japan

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

10:00 p.m.

China vs. Cuba

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Wed, March 8

4:30 a.m.

Chinese Taipei vs. Netherlands

ESPN Deportes+

5:00 a.m.

Japan vs. Australia

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

10:00 p.m.

Netherlands vs. Israel

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Thu, March 9

4:30 a.m.

Korea vs. Chinese Taipei

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

5:00 a.m.

Australia vs. China

ESPN Deportes+

 

6:00 p.m.

Canada vs. Dominican Republic

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

9:00 p.m.

Mexico vs. Italy

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

10:00 p.m.

Australia vs. Cuba

ESPN Deportes+

Fri, March 10

5:00 a.m.

China vs. Japan

ESPN Deportes+

 

6:00 p.m.

Colombia vs. United States

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

9:00 p.m.

Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Sat, March 11

12:00 p.m.

Colombia vs. Canada

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

3:00 p.m.

Venezuela vs. Italy

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

6:30 p.m.

United States vs. Dominican Republic

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

9:30 p.m.

Puerto Rico vs. Mexico

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Sun, March 12

12:30 p.m.

Dominican Republic vs. Colombia

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

3:30 p.m.

Italy vs. Puerto Rico

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

7:00 p.m.

Canada vs. United States

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

10:00 p.m.

Mexico vs. Venezuela

ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

 

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