ESPN Announces Early Details For MLB 2016 Season Coverage

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Winter has just started. But don’t tell baseball fans. Officials with ESPN announced today that its weekly Sunday night baseball broadcast will return for its 27th season in 2016.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball returns for its 27th season next year. The Worldwide Leader In Sports will premiere its 27th season of Sunday Night Baseball on Sunday, April 3rd at 8:30pm with a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. The game will be preceded earlier in the day with a doubleheader beginning at 1pm ET on ESPN. The first game on tap is an NL Central faceoff between the Pirates and Cardinals. The second of the day’s games, on ESPN2, will be between The Blue Jays and Rays. That game is scheduled for a 4pm ET start time. Both games will be simulcast online via WatchESPN. They are part of a two-day, seven-game season-opening schedule of games that will feature every team that appeared in the 2015 post season. ESPN’s full season-opening schedule is noted below.

ESPN MLB season-opening schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Network(s)

Sun, Apr. 3

1 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

ESPN, WatchESPN

Sun, Apr. 3

4 p.m.

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

ESPN2, WatchESPN

Sun, Apr. 3

8:30 p.m.

New York Mets at Kansas City Royals

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Mon, Apr. 4

1 p.m.

Houston Astros at New York Yankees

ESPN, WatchESPN

Mon, Apr. 4

4 p.m.

Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers

ESPN, WatchESPN

Mon, Apr. 4

7 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

ESPN, WatchESPN

Mon, Apr. 4

10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

After the special season premiere of the network’s flagship MLB broadcast, each week’s broadcast will come to audiences every Sunday night at 8pm ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPN Radio, and WatchESPN. No concrete schedule has been released at this time. However, it is known that ESPN’s coverage in 2016 will include multiple appearances from a number of teams expected to contend for the MLB championship. Those teams include: Boston, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, and San Francisco Giants. Also expected in the 2016 is an ongoing career retrospective of Red Sox great David Ortiz as he embarks on his final season. There will also be a focus on the continued rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees as the teams will meet three times in 2016, including back-to-back weeks. Those weeks are the weeks of May 1st, 8th, and 17th. The Dodgers and Giants will also be the center of focus at points in the 2016 season as their equally legendary rivalry rolls on. As if all of this isn’t enough, fans will get to see now former Dodgers ace Zach Greinke make his Sunday night debut with the D’Backs in 2016 and the return of the Houston Astros to SNB. The Pittsburgh Pirates will also go under the lights in 2016. It will mark the third consecutive year that Pittsburgh has been featured on SNB. The current schedule of games for ESPN’s 2016 SNB is listed below.

Early-season Sunday Night Baseball schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Network(s)

Sun, Apr. 3

8:30 p.m.

New York Mets at Kansas City Royals on Opening Night

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, Apr. 10

8 p.m.

New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, Apr. 17

8 p.m.

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, Apr. 24

8 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, May 1

8 p.m.

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, May 8

8 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, May 29

8 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets

ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, June 12

5 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, July 10

8 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

Sun, July 17

8 p.m.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

*remaining Sunday Night Baseball game selections will be made two to three weeks out.

Along with the weekly SNB broadcast, ESPN’s weekly MLB pre-game broadcast of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Coundown presented by Chevrolet will return in 2016, too. Each broadcast will begin at 7pm ET.

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

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

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

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Cardinals, Cubs Face Off In NL Central Showdown This Week On ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball

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ESPN has a big game on tap for this weekend’s edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

This  ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, the league-leading St. Louis Cardinals host the Chicago Cubs in a pivotal NL Central showdown. The game, which could have potential playoff implications as the first half of the season winds down, will be the closer in a three-game series between the NL Central foes. The Cardinals currently sit at 48 – 24 on the season and 7 – 3 in their last ten games. The Red Birds are currently riding high on a six-game win streak. Chicago is third in the division, eight and a half games back from St. Louis, sitting currently at 39 – 32. The team is 5 – 5 in its last ten games and is currently looking to end its two-game skid. Sunday’s broadcast is expected to begin at 8pm ET. The game will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking viewers. And those that won’t be near a TV during Sunday Night’s game can still catch it online via WatchESPN and on the radio on ESPN Radio. Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday’s game. He will be joined by analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk in the booth. Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand with all of the latest in-game news. As with every broadcast of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, Sunday’s broadcast will be preceded by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7pm ET. Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast and will be joined at the desk by analyst Aaron Boone and ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian. The broadcast will be simulcast online via WatchESPN.

The second game in the Cubs-Cardinals weekend series will air live on ESPN Radio Saturday night at 6pm ET. Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call for Saturday night’s game.

Carlos Martinez is currently expected to take the mound for St. Louis in Sunday’s game. His last time on the mound was Tuesday’s game against the Marlins. St. Louis won that game 4 – 3. He pitched seven innings in the game, allowing eight hits, three earned runs, one walk, and struck out nine batters en route to the team’s win.

Jason Hammel is expected to start for Chicago in Sunday’s game. Hammel’s last time on the mound was Tuesday against the Dodgers. The Cubs won that game 1 – 0 over the Dodgers. Hammel Pitched 7.2 innings, allowing 2 hits along the way, no runs or earned runs, only two walks, and struck out six men.

Monday night on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles will host Prince Fielder and the Texas Rangers on ESPN. Fielder just hit his 300th home run tonight as the Rangers face the Blue Jays. It makes Fielder and his famed father only the second father/son duo since Bobby and Barry Bonds to hit 300 home runs each. Monday night’s game is the first in a four-game series that will run thought next Thursday, July 2nd. Dave O’Brien will have the call for the game. He will be joined in the booth by Eduardo Perez and Mark Mulder in the booth for additional commentary. The game will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences. It will also simulcast online via WatchESPN for those that won’t be close to a television during the course of the game.

Bud Norris is expected to start for the Orioles in Monday night’s game. Norris’ last time on the mound was Wednesday against the Red Sox. Baltimore dropped that game 5 – 1 with Norris pitching 5.2 innings in the game. He allowed seven hits, five runs, no earned runs, one walk, one home run, and struck out three batters in his time on the mound.

Wady Rodriguez is expected to start for Texas in Monday night’s game. His last time taking the mound was Wednesday against Oakland. He struggled in that game, allowing eleven hits, right runs, eight earned runs, three walks and two home runs over the course of four innings and striking out only four batters. By comparison, Rodriguez’s team-mate Anthony Bass only allowed two hits and one walk over the course of four innings, striking out five batters along the way. He allowed no runs, no earned runs, and no home runs in that time, too.

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

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

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

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ESPN Heads West Again This Weekend For SNB

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ESPN Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell continues its western swing this weekend as the worldwide leader in sports brings audiences a matchup of the Cardinals and Dodgers.

Sunday’s broadcast is the closer in a four-game series between the National League foes. Clayton Kershaw is currently scheduled to take the mound for Los Angeles as it hosts the Cardinals. Kershaw last took the mound Monday night against the Rockies. He pitched 7 innings in the Dodgers’ 11 – 4 shellacking of Colorado, allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk and striking out 7 batters along the way. Currently there is no word on who will take the mound for St. Louis in the game.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s game. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Mark Mulder and John Kruk. Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for the latest news and updates throughout the game. Sunday’s broadcast is scheduled for an 8pm ET start time. It will preceded at 7pm ET by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet. Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast and will be joined at the desk by analyst Aaron Boone and ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian.

Before heading back out west this weekend, the worldwide leader in sports will bring audiences the closer between the Dodgers and Rockies in the teams’ 4-game series on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball. Mike Bolsinger is expected to get the start for the Dodgers in the game. Currently there are no details on who will get the start for Colorado. Bolsinger’s last time on the mound was this past Friday against St. Louis. Bolsinger pitched 6 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 3, walks, and struck out 3 in the Dodgers’ 3 – 0 loss to the Cardinals. Jon Sciambi will have the call for Wednesday night’s game. He will be joined by analysts Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville, and studio analysts Eric Wedge and Eduardo Perez for the broadcast. the game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 8pm ET. Along with its broadcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes will also carry the game live for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences. Audiences that won’t be close to a TV tomorrow night can still catch the game live online via WatchESPN. More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage is available online now at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

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

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AL Central, NL Central Matchups Take Center Stage This Weekend On ESPN’S MLB Coverage

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ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell closes out its 25th season of MLB coverage this weekend when the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals host division foes the Cincinnati Reds.

Sunday night’s matchup will be the closer in a three-game series between the NL Central foes. Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s broadcast. He will be joined by analysts John Kruk, Curt Schilling, and reporter Buster Olney for commentary. Coverage of the game is scheduled to begin at 8pm ET. Before Shulman and his SNB colleagues bring audiences Sunday’s season-ending broadcast, Karl Ravech and MLB Hall of Famer (and Cincinnati Reds great) Barry Larkin will have all of the latest baseball headlines on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet live at 7pm ET. For those that won’t be near a TV, the game will be simulcast on ESPN Radio affiliates nationwide and online at WatchESPN. Spanish-speaking audiences can catch the game on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.

Tonight, ESPN2 will have another matchup with even bigger playoff implications as the Kansas City Royals host the Detroit Tigers in the opener of a three-game series between the AL Central foes. Detroit currently leads the Royals by only half a game. And it looks to end its current two-game skid as it comes into Kansas City today in that series’ first game. This weekend’s series looks to be a close one as the Royals and Tigers are evenly matched. Detroit is 43 – 35 on the road while Kansas City is 41 – 36 at home. Interestingly enough, Kansas City is 4 – 6 in its last 10 games while Detroit is 7 – 3 in its last 10 games. Dan Shulman and company will be on hand for tonight’s broadcast. Hakem Dermish and analysts Alex Cora and Mark Mulder will have all the latest from around the league before the game at 7pm ET on Baseball Tonight. Fans can also catch the series’ second game live Saturday on their local ESPN Radio affiliate. Jon Sciambi will have the call for that game. He will be joined by Jim Bowden for additional commentary. The duo will also have full coverage of Sunday night’s game between the Cardinals and Reds.

More information on this weekend’s MLB coverage is available online at

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Braves, Nats Face Off Sunday Night On ESPN

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The Atlanta Braves host the Washington Nationals this weekend in a three-game series for first place in the National League East. As part of its 25th season covering Major League Baseball, ESPN and ESPN Radio will carry coverage of both the series’ second and third game. Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s broadcast of the series’ third game on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. He will be joined by analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney for commentary. Sunday’s coverage of the series’ third game begins at 7pm ET with Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet. Adnan Virk will have the helm on Sunday night’s pre-game show. He will be joined by Rick Sutcliffe for the broadcast. Audiences don’t have to be near their TVs to catch Sunday’s broadcast. That’s because the game will also be simulcast online and on the radio via WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Deportes Radio.

Game Two in this weekend’s three-games series between the Nationals and Braves will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio Saturday evening beginning at 6pm ET. And before this weekend’s coverage of the Nats and Braves, ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball presented by T-Mobile will feature the second game in a three-game series between the Red Sox and Cardinals. The series comes less than a week after the Red sox and Redbirds executed a trade that saw pitcher John Lackey to St. Louis and both Joe Kelly and Allen Craig to Boston. This week’s series against the Red Sox could have big playoff implications for the Cardinals as St. Louis currently sits only a game behind the NL Central leading Brewers, who currently sit at 51-61. Jon Sciambi will have the call for Wednesday’s game. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Rick Sutcliffe and reporter Pedro Gomez. The game will be available on WatchESPN and ESPN.

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Pirates Host Cards This Weekend On ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball

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ESPN’s 25th season covering Major League Baseball rolls on this Sunday as the Worldwide Leader in Sports comes to Pittsburgh for a matchup of the Pirates and Cardinals. It all starts at 7pm ET with ESPN’s Baseball Tonight live on ESPN.

Sunday night’s 8PM ET broadcast of the Pirates/Cardinals matchup on Sunday Night Baseball is an important landmark for ESPN as it will be the first time since July 28, 1996 that ESPN has broadcasted a Sunday Night baseball game live from PNC Park and the first time since that day that ESPN has broadcasted its weekly pre-game program, Baseball Tonight. Dan Shulman will anchor Sunday’s broadcast. He will be joined by analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney. Jon Sciambi will anchor ESPN Radio’s simulcast of Sunday night’s broadcast. He will be joined by analyst Chris Singleton for the game. Sunday’s matchup between the Pirates and Cardinals will also be available on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.

Jon Hamm, start of Disney’s new movie Million Dollar Arm is scheduled to appear on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight live at 7pm ET as part of the network’s lead up to Sunday night’s game. Along with being an actor, Hamm is also an avid baseball fan. He will join Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech and MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin for Sunday evening’s broadcast live from PNC Park. Baseball Tonight will broadcast live on Federal Street near the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

The Cardinals will head back to St. Louis after Sunday night’s game and prepare to host Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball Presented by USAA live at 8pm ET. Dave O’Brien will anchor Monday’s broadcast. He will be joined by analyst Aaron Boone and reporter Tim Kurkjian. Monday’s game will be preceded by ESPN’s weekly Monday night pre-game show Baseball Tonight. Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast, which begins at 7:30pm ET. He will be joined by John Kruk and Ozzie Guillen. Monday night’s game (and Sunday’s) will also be available on ESPN Deportes, online and via all mobile internet platforms.

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ESPN Networks Announce Changes For 2014 MLB Season

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ESPN kicks off its 25th season covering Major League Baseball today. In celebration of the anniversary, ESPN has announced a number of changes and additions to its coverage. The very first of those changes and additions is a rebranding of its flagship program, Sunday Night Baseball. Sunday Night Baseball has been rebranded as Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown. The name change has been implemented in order to better coincide with ESPN’s weekly national game of the week. Karl Ravech will continue to anchor the broadcast. And MLB Hall of Famer/analyst Barry Larkin will join Ravech for most episodes.

The rebranding of Sunday Night Baseball is just the tip of the iceberg for the changes being made to ESPN’s MLB coverage in its 25th season. Along with the rebranding of the network’s flagship show, several episodes of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown will be broadcast live on-site from key locations near select games throughout the season. The live broadcasts will allow fans to show their pride live on television and viewers to get a taste of the live Baseball Tonight atmosphere. It all begins opening night from PetCo Park in San Diego at 6:30pm.

The new live, on-site broadcasts of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown are the cornerstone of ESPN’s re-branded broadcasts for its 25th season of coverage. Along with the new live, on-site broadcasts, viewers will also see some new faces on this year’s telecasts. ESPN added new commentators for its telecasts during the offseason. Veteran manager Eric Wedge has been added to the Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown roster as has former perfect game pitcher Dallas Braden. Braden will join ESPN’s weekly broadcast as an analyst. Wedge will contribute regularly to the show, too.

MLB great and former manager Ozzie Guillen joined ESPN Deportes throughout the 2013 MLB season. His role has been expanded this season. Guillen will contribute both to ESPN Deportes and ESPN’s English-language platforms this season, including regular appearances on Baseball Tonight. Eduardo Perez returns to the broadcast side of the game after spending the past two seasons in the dugout. Perez will contribute largely to MLB broadcasts on ESPN Deportes. Both Guillen and Perez will join Manny Acta and Alex Cora in ESPN’s growing stable of bilingual MLB analysts.

As the 2014 MLB season progresses, audiences can stay tuned in to ESPN as the Worldwide Leader in Sports will televise special holiday games on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, as well as at least one Wild Card game, in addition to NY and all tie-breaker games. Making the deal even sweeter, ESPN will have rights to four Postseason Impact games in late September. This will allow ESPN to present the top games and storylines from around the league heading into the postseason. The schedule for ESPN’s special holiday broadcasts is provided below.

Holiday Date Time (ET) Game
Memorial Day Mon, May 26 1 p.m. Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves
4 p.m. New York Yankees at St. Louis Cardinals
Independence Day Fri, Jul 4 3 p.m. New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins
TBD TBD
Labor Day Mon, Sep 1 TBD TBD
TBD TBD

If the weekly Sunday night broadcast of MLB games isn’t enough for fans, ESPN will also offer audiences a special “seamheads” edition of Baseball Tonight every Thursday night at 10pm ET. ESPN MLB Insiders Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney, and Jayson Stark will serve as the panel for the program. They will discuss all even more insight than is offered every Sunday night, including: advanced stats, ranking, and breaking news and rumors throughout the season. They will be joined occasionally by Keith Law and Grantland’s Jonah Keri.

ESPN is going to have expansive and in-depth coverage of MLB baseball this season, as is obvious by now. But it’s still not all that fans have to expect from the Worldwide Leader in Sports during the 2014 MLB season. ESPN will also present specially produced vignettes each week across its TV and internet platforms that celebrate each of the league’s teams. The first of those vignettes will air tonight, March 30th. It will focus on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The final touch to ESPN’s massive list of changes for this season of MBL coverage involves coverage on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes +. ESPN Deportes increases its broadcast schedule to more than eighty regular season games. That is sixty-five games more than in previous seasons. ESPN Deportes + will also include exclusive Spanish-language coverage of thirty regular season games.

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