ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA will feature a matchup of first versus worst and East vs. West Monday night in an American League inter-divisional showdown
The Seattle Mariners (55-75) will host the New York Yankees (84-47) in a three-game series. The Mariners sit in last place in the American League West while the Yankees sit atop the American League East, eight games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Seattle great Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as a guest analyst for Monday night’s broadcast, which is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET. He will join Dave Fleming and analyst Eduardo Perez for the broadcast. Fleming will have the call for the game while Perez will also serve as an analyst for the telecast.
Monday night marks the second time this season that Griffey, who played 13 seasons for Seattle, has served as a guest analyst on ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage. Griffey and Perez both come from MLB “royal blood.” Griffey’s father, Ken Griffey Sr. and Perez’s father Tony Perez were both members of Cincinnati’s famed “Big Red Machine.”
Ken Griffey Jr. eventually made his way back to Cincinnati during the later years of his career before retiring in 2010 as a member of the Reds organization. Shortly after his retirement, ESPN announced Griffey was added to the network’s on-air talent roster for its MLB coverage.
Griffey collected 630 home runs over the course of his 22-year career. He also was a 13-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove winner and an American League M.V.P. He was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2016 and is a member of the Reds and Mariners’ Halls of Fame.
The starting pitchers for each team were not listed on MLB’s official website as of Sunday afternoon. The Yankees are 35-27 on the road so far this year while the Mariners are 28-37 at home. At the same time, the Yankees are 4-6 in their last 10 games while the Mariners are 6-4 in their last 10 games.
Both teams fell in their most recent games on Saturday, the Yankees falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1. The loss followed a 10-2 win by the Yankees over the Dodgers in that series’ opener, making Sunday’s game the rubber match in that series.
The Mariners meanwhile fell to Toronto Saturday 7-5 after defeating the Blue Jays Friday 7-4, making the teams’ game Sunday afternoon the rubber match in that series, too.
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