ESPN Adds Yankee Great To Its Talent Roster

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ESPN is adding another big name to its on-air roster.

The network announced on Tuesday, that it has reached a deal with former New York Yankee star CC Sabathia to serve as a contributor for its Major League Baseball broadcasts.

Sabathia, a a Cy Young Award-winning pitcher recently announced that he will retire after this season.  While his retirement is still months away, the new deal will see Sabathia contributing to ESPN’s MLB broadcasts throughout this season on programs, such as SportsCenterBaseball Tonight and Golic & Wingo.

Sabathia said in a recent interview, that he is focused as he moves into his final season.

“As I begin to look toward the future, I’m excited to have this opportunity with ESPN,” Sabathia said.  “With that said, my singular focus is on winning another World Series Championship for Yankees fans and the city of New York.”

ESPN Vice President of Production Dave Roberts said having Sabathia as part of its talent roster is a boon for ESPN.

“We’re excited to work with CC, especially as part of this unique arrangement during the final year of his storied career,” Roberts said.  “He has proven to be highly knowledgeable, candid and perceptive about the sport of baseball, as well as an avid sports fan in general.  That will translate well for fans across ESPN platforms.”

Sabathia started his MLB career in 2001 with the Cleveland Indians, before eventually joining the Yankees in 2009. He led the league twice in wins over the course of his career, and won the World Series in his debut season with New York.

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Shout! Factory, MLB Productions Announce Release Date For 2018 World Series Sets

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Boston Red Sox fans got an early Christmas present this year when their team took this season’s Major League Baseball Championship, and next month, fans can re-live the whole series.

Major League Baseball Productions and Shout! Factory have partnered once again to release two World Series presentations.  The 2018 World Series and 2018 World Series Collector’s EditionBoston Red Sox are scheduled to be released on Blu-ray on Dec. 4. The 2018 World Series will be presented in a two-disc BLu-ray/DVD combo pack with digital and DVD with Digital.  The 2018 World Series Collector’s EditionBoston Red Sox will be presented on an eight-disc Blu-ray presentation.

The 2018 World Series Collector’s EditionBoston Red Sox will feature all five games of the 2018 World Series Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, in which the team claimed this year’s American League Championship and Game 4 of the American League Divisional Series, which saw the Red Sox defeat the New York Yankees to advance to the ALCS.

The exclusive package also features SleeveStats inserts, which include official game stats, trivia and more.  Each game in the set features the option to listen to the games’ audio from the team’s own radio network, the opponents’ radio network, Spanish-language broadcasts and television audio.

The 2018 World Series documentary is a truncated presentation of this year’s Fall Classic, showcasing the major highlights of the series, as well as the Divisional and Championship series that paved the road to the World Series.  It also features bonus content, such as “How They Got There,” regular season highlights and season-clinching moments.

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The 2018 World Series will retail for MSRP of $24.99 and the 2018 World Series Collector’s EditionBoston Red Sox for $59.99.  Both titles will also be available on DVD.  They can all be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s official store.  More information on these and more titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.shoutfactory.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

 

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Yanks Look To Sweep Jays Sunday In Weekend Series Finale Live On TBS

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The New York Yankees continue their post season hunt Sunday afternoon on TBS as they close out a three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The “Bronx Bombers” just wrapped the second win of the series earlier today, taking Game Two 11-6 against Toronto.  Luis Severino (15-6) was credited with the win for New York while Sean Reid-Foley (0-2) took the loss for the Jays.

J.A. Happ (13-6) is expected to get the start Sunday afternoon for the Yankees. His last time on the mound was August 14 against Tampa Bay.  Happ was credited with the win in the Yanks’ 4-1 victory over the Rays in that game, allowing only 1 hit and 4 walks over 7 innings while striking out 4 batters.

Ryan Borucki (2-2) is expected to get the start for Toronto.  His last time on the mound was also August 14 when Toronto took on the Royals.  Jake Petricka (2-1) was credited with the win for Toronto while Borucki struggled slightly over the course of just four innings.  Borucki only struck out one batter while allowing four runs on six hits, four earned runs and four walks, so he’ll be looking to improve Sunday afternoon when the Blue Jays close out this weekend’s series against the Yankees in the teams’ American League East matchup.

While the Yankees (76-46) — currently second in the American League —  have taken two of three already this weekend from the Blue Jays, it won’t make too much difference in the race against long-time rivals the Boston Red Sox.  However, one more win is still critical for the “Pinstripers” because New York is just ahead of Houston (74-48) and Oakland (73-49) in the American League standings, so Sunday’s game will still have its own importance for New York as it tries to maintain its place in the race to the post season.

The Blue Jays also have nothing to lose as they sit below the cutoff line in the American League standings for the post season at 55-67 with little chance at a playoff spot. This weekend’s losses have Toronto in the midst of a two-game losing streak and have dropped the team to 4-6 in its last 10 games.  The losses drop Toronto’s road record now to 26-35 so far on the season versus a 29-32 home record, so by the numbers, the odds are in New York’s favor to sweep this weekend’s series against Toronto.

Brian Anderson will anchor Sunday’s broadcast live from New York.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Ron Darling for additional commentary.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. live on TBS.  More information on Sunday’s game and all of the network’s Major League Baseball coverage is available online now at:

 

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Rodriguez, Vasgersian To Replace Shulman, Boone On ESPN’s ‘SNB’ Broadcasts

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ESPN will have some new, but well-known new faces this spring when its Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts return.

The worldwide leader in sports announced this week that Yankee great Alex Rodriguez and Matt Vasgersian will join the program’s broadcast team.  Jessica Mendoza will return, too.  Vasgersian will be the program’s new play-by-play announcer, taking the place of Dan Shulman while Rodriguez will serve as analyst, taking over from Aaron Boone.

ESPN announced last summer that Shulman would be leaving the program after last season.  While he stepped away from ESPN’s flagship MLB program, he is still working with ESPN covering Major League Baseball on its ESPN Radio broadcasts.  He is also busy covering college basketball for ESPN.

Boone meanwhile will go from the broadcast booth to the dugout after being named the Yankees new manager during the off-season. Both Rodriguez and Vasgersian said in interviews that they were looking forward to joining ESPN’s MLB broadcast team.

“I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my broadcasting career,” Rodriguez said.  “It’s an exciting time in baseball, and now I get that front row seat to tell that story every Sunday night on ESPN as well as calling my fourth post season on Fox where I started this journey.”

Vasgersian agreed.

“Jon and Dan set the bar super high for Sunday Night Baseball play-by-play, so it’s a real thrill for someone who still remembers his first Minor League bus trip in 1991 to have a chair like this one,” he said. “I know firsthand how passionate both Alex and Jessica are about baseball, and I can’t wait to get started with them.”

Mendoza said she was looking forward to working with her new broadcast partners.

“I am incredibly excited to work with both Alex and Matt,” Mendoza said.  “Matt has been a friend for a long time and someone whose work I’ve long admired. Alex’s achievements as a player speak for themselves, and I’ve been greatly impressed by the passion and dedication he has put into his broadcasting career. We’re going to have a lot of fun.”

Stephanie Druley, ESPN Senior Vice President of events and studio production said the new broadcast team was the right fit for ESPN because of its collective experience.

“Alex is one of the most recognizable personalities in all of sports, and he’s made a well-documented impact on the sports media landscape. His dynamic personality and incredible baseball knowledge, combined with Matt Vasgersian’s expertise, enthusiasm and poise, make for terrific additions to Sunday Night Baseball, with existing commentators Jessica Mendoza and Buster Olney,” Druley said.  “We’re excited about the potential for this team and we’re appreciative to our MLB Network and Fox Sports counterparts, as all parties were more than willing to collaborate in order to serve Major League Baseball fans.”

ESPN’s current Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell schedule is noted below.

Schedule:

Date Telecast
Apr. 1 San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
Apr. 8 New York Mets at Washington Nationals
Apr. 15 Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
Apr. 22 Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers
Apr. 29 New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels** – Olney’s Pick!
May 6 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
May 13 Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks
May 20 Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros
May 27* San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs
July 1 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
July 22 New York Mets at New York Yankees
July 29 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Aug. 19 MLB Little League Classic

*Telecast to air on ESPN2.

Additional Sunday Night Baseball selections for June through September will be made up to two weeks prior to the dates.

This year marks the 29th year of Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN.  Each game will be preceded at 7 p.m. on ESPN by Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.

More information on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell schedule is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at http://www.espn.com/mlb.

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ESPN Launches MLB Pre-Season Coverage Thursday; To Carry World Baseball Classic Final Tonight

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ESPN kicks off its Major League Baseball pre-season coverage Thursday afternoon.

The Yankees and the Rays face off in the first of the network’s pre-season broadcasts beginning at 1 p.m. Jon Sciambi will have the call for the Grapefruit League game.  He will be joined by analysts Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville in the booth for additional commentary.

The Dodgers and Angels follow at 7 p.m. on ESPN in a Cactus League showdown.  The Angels currently sit fourth in the league while Los Angeles sits seventh.  Dan Shulman, the voice of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by his SNB cohorts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Karl Ravech and Tim Kurkjian will have a wrap of up the day’s action on the diamond at 10 p.m. on Baseball Tonight on ESPN.

Before ESPN launches its Major League pre-season coverage Thursday, it will broadcast live the World Baseball Classic Final tonight at 9 p.m.  The United States and Puerto Rico will face off for this year’s title live on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.  The broadcast begins at 9 p.m. ET.

The United States made its way to the Final after defeating Japan 2 – 1 Tuesday. The game marks the team’s first-ever time it has reached the Final.

The re-match against Puerto Rico will not be an easy contest for the Americans.  That is because Puerto Rico is undefeated in the tournament at 7 – 0.  Marcus Stroman is expected to get the start in tonight’s game for the United States while Seth Lugo is scheduled to take the mound for Puerto Rico.

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ESPN Announces Early Broadcast Schedule For 2017 MLB Season

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The start of the 2017 Major League Baseball season is still many months away, but officials with ESPN have already been hard at work preparing their broadcast schedule for the new season.

The network announced its early broadcast schedule this week for the 2017 season.  The network’s broadcast schedule for the 2017 MLB season features seven games in just two days. It all begins with a showdown between the Yankees and Rays on Sunday, April 2 on ESPN.

The World Series Champion Chicago Cubs top off night one on ESPN’s season-opening edition of Sunday Night Baseball when they take on National League Central foes, the St. Louis Cardinals live on ESPN.

The ESPN networks’ current broadcast coverage schedule of Major League Baseball’s 2017 season is noted below.

Opening Day games on ESPN:

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Network

Sun, Apr. 2

1 p.m.

New York Yankees* at Tampa Bay Rays

ESPN

4 p.m.

San Francisco Giants* at Arizona Diamondbacks

ESPN2

8:30 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

ESPN

Mon, Apr. 3

1 p.m.

Atlanta Braves at New York Mets*

ESPN

4 p.m.

San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers*

ESPN

7 p.m.

Cleveland Indians at Texas Rangers

ESPN

10 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics

ESPN2

*Indicates game is subject to local blackout (NYY, SFG, NYM, LAD markets)

 

More information on the networks’ broadcast schedule is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/BBTN

 

 

 

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Yankees, Blue Jays Face Off Live On TBS This Weekend

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Two AL East opponents will face off this week in the latest edition of TBS’ Sunday MLB on TBS.

The Yankees and Blue Jays will face off live at 1:00pm ET on TBS’ weekly MLB program Sunday MLB on TBS.  The game is the third in the teams’ four-game series.  The series’ closer is Monday night with first pitch set for 7:07pm.

Michael Pineda is expected to get the start for the Yankees in Sunday afternoon’s game while Marco Estrada (9-9) is expected to take the mound for Toronto.  Estrada’s last time on the mound was Monday against Seattle.  He was credited with the win in the Blue Jays’ 3-2 win over the Mariners.  Estrada shined in the game, fanning 8 while only allowing just 1 hit, 0 runs or earned runs, 3 walks and no home runs.  That was over the course of 7 innings pitched.

Pineda (6-11) last took the mound Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Pineda pitched 5.1 innings in the Yankees 5-3 win over the Rays.  He had a rough time on the mound, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits 2 earned runs, 1 walk and no home runs while striking out 11.

The numbers seem to favor Toronto in Sunday’s game and the weekend’s series overall.  Toronto is almost as good at home as it is on the road so far this season, going 42-32 at home so far this season and 41-37 on the road.

New York meanwhile has been lackluster on the road going 35-42 on the road so far this season versus a home record of 44-31.  Even with both teams looking to get back in the “W” column this weekend – both teams lost their most recent games – Toronto’s chances are better having gone 5-5 in its last ten games versus New York going 3-7 in its last ten games.

Ernie Johnson will have the call in Sunday afternoon’s broadcast on TBS.  He will be joined in the booth by MLB on TBS analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. for additional commentary.

MLB on TBS Pre-Game Show will precede Sunday afternoon’s broadcast of the Yankees and Blue Jays. Broadcast of the TBS Pre-Game Show begins at 12:30pm ET.  Casey Stern will anchor the program and will be joined by analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield for additional commentary.

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