The 2013 MLB season is just around the corner. This week as Opening Day draws near we'll break down each network that covers America's pastime including announcers, schedules, and quick facts about the coverage coming your way this season. First up, ESPN.
-This will be the 24th season of Major League Baseball on ESPN
-ESPN airs games on Monday, Wednesday (non-exclusive) and Sunday nights (exclusive)
-Baseball Tonight airs nightly at 10 PM & Midnight and Sundays before and after SNB
-ESPN airs coverage of Opening Day and three major holiday telecasts
-The Home Run Derby airs the night before the All-Star Game at Citi Field July 15th
-John Kruk joins Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball
-Entire MLB Postseason can be heard on ESPN Radio
Sunday Night: Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and John Kruk. Reporter - Buster Olney
Monday Night: Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone and Rick Sutcliffe. Reporter - Tim Kurkjian
Wednesday Night: Sean McDonough, Nomar Garciaparra and rotating cast of analysts*.
*ESPN will be trying something new on their Wednesday night contests. A network spokesman says ESPN will "put play-by-play commentators and analysts on specific games that they have a tie to." This could mean Nomar Garicaparra on Red Sox games or Manny Acta on Indians games and more possibilities with the network's deep stable of analysts.
MLB on ESPN Radio: Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton
ESPN Desportes: Ernesto Jerez and Candy Maldonado
Hosts: Karl Ravech, Jon Sciambi, Chris Berman (occasionally around All Star Weekend), Adnan Virk
Analysts: Barry Larkin, Curt Schilling, Doug Glanville, Chris Singleton, Alex Cora, Manny Acta, Hershiser, Kruk, Boone, Sutcliffe, Garciaparra, Mulder
Reporters: Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, Pedro Gomez, Jason Stark
Opening Night, Sunday, March 31
Texas Rangers at Houston Astros, ESPN, 8:00 PM
Opening Day, Monday, April 1st
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, ESPN, 1:00 PM
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, ESPN, 4:00 PM
Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves, ESPN2, 7:00 PM
St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks, ESPN2, 10:00 PM
ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, 8:00 PM
March 31 Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
April 07 Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers (ESPN2)
April 14 Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
April 21 St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies
April 28 Atlanta Braves at Detroit Tigers
May 05 Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
May 12 Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox
May 19 Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers
May 26 Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
July 14 St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
July 21New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
A huge tip of the cap to Sammy for our MLB TV Primers!
Here are the Broadcasters for the 5 MLB Games on the 1st 2 days of this year's MLB Regular Season, which will be different than last night, because last year ESPN started off their MLB Regular Season with 5 games in the 1st 3 days of the MLB Regular Season!!!
Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Orel Hershisher and Field Level Reporter Buster Olney will be working both the Texas Rangers at Houston Astros game on Sunday Night which is also Easter and the San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers game on Monday afternoon, Dave O' Brien will be working the New York Yankees at Boston Redsox game with Rick Sutcliffe and Aaron Boone, Sean Mcdonough will be working the Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves game with Mark Mulder and Doug Glanville, it wll be interesting to see if ESPN will use Doug Glanville as a Field Level Analys or 2nd Anayst from the booth for this game and lastly Jon Sciambi will be working the Saint Louis Cardnals at Arizona Diamondbacks game with Nomar Garciaparra and Field level Reporter Pedro Gomez and i am suprised to see that ESPN isn't using Tim Kurkjian as a Field Level Reporter for none of these games too!!!
So it looks like Adnan Virk takes over the Steve Berthiaume role on BBTN. I'll miss Steve, but I've liked what I've seen of Adnan, too.
%s If they want bias & familiarity then just hire the local announcers. Save $ & save the viewer from uniformed talent. %s
Whatever happened to the tradition of opening day being in our nations capital with The president throwing out the ball to start off the season?
@awfulannouncing Or at least soberer than Mark Grace....
@awfulannouncing How about citizen announcers? Pretty sure they'd all be better than Joe Morgan...
Baseball Tonight is one of the few things ESPN does that I still like...I hope they don't screw this one up but I won't hold my breath
@awfulannouncing FOX started doing that & it's so dumb! Make it like the NFL & have an actual broadcast partner throughout the year
@awfulannouncing does this mean they will cover more than the Yankees & Red Sox?
@awfulannouncing wait...that's new?
@awfulannouncing Now Ed Werder wont feel special anymore
@awfulannouncing I guess good coverage was too much to ask for
once again the Cards get screwed with having to play the last game before the all-star break and on the road.
Chris Berman hosting BBTN occasionally? Other than the HR Derby, I don't think I have seen him hosting BBTN in years. Not that I want to see more Berman, mind you. Just pointing it out.
Chris Berman hosts Baseball Tonight?!? That can't be right. I've NEVER seen him host Baseball Tonight. Ever. Ravech does a great job, though.
It would be more accurate to say "Baseball Tonight airs nightly at 10 PM & Midnight except for when it doesn't." They always say it will be on at those times, but it's often pre-empted.
Actually i just found out today that Tim Kurkjian will be the Field Level Reporter for ESPN's coverage of the Boston Redsox at New York Yankees game on Monday, that is right the Boston Red sox play at the New York Yankees and the New York Yanees don't play at the Boston Redsox and Steve Levy and not Jon Sciambi as previously announced on ESPN MediaZone will work as the PBP broadcasters for ESPN2's opening day game between the Saint Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks.
Also 1st Take will have Cari Champion, Steven A.Smith and Skip Bayless broadcasting their show from the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on Monday Morning too!!!
@kennymark Have you seen the Preident throw?
@crippenstation If I recall correctly, he always seems to host Baseball Tonight on the evening of Mothers Day.
@Carl LaFong @kennymark Unfortunately, yes. A two bouncer to the plate. Just let him throw it from the seats along the 1st base line to guys standing 20 feet away like they used to do. That was better than seeing them throw it from the mound anyway. It was fun to watch them scramble to be the one who caught it....and then they would get it passed back up to him in the stands for an autograph. Great tradition that someone obviously forgot along the way.
@kennymark It's better if the President can hand the ball to someone. He throws like a little girl-- a bit disconcerting as our Commander-in-Chief-- maybe we could institute a DC- like the the DH, Mr. Obama institutes a designated commander-- it would be revolutionary (no pun intended).