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MLB announces the World Series broadcast schedule

Oct 22, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

It’s all 8PM Eastern starts, kids, so prepare yourself for your sleep deprivation now:


This will suck for Giants fans out west if San Francisco wins tonight. But really, you can’t blame MLB for the start times. In 2010 they tried an early starting game: 6:57 PM Eastern. They got one of the lowest-rated World Series games ever. And it’s not like they can go later to accommodate west coast viewers.

  1. darthicarus - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    The 8pm start times aren’t too bad. Games should be over by midnight at the latest, unless Fox throws in commercial breaks between every pitch (which wouldn’t surprise me).

    • dwrek5 - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Just a matter of time before MLB takes a queue from the NFL’s commercial break before and after the kickoff.

      • chibimike - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        Gotta love it now with all the kicks going out of the endzone. Commercials, 5 seconds of watching the ball fly out of the endzone, more commercials.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        I’ve found a workaround: I stopped watching football. Problem solved!

  2. danaking - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    8:07 is bearable on the East Coast. People stay up for Monday Night Football, these should be done no later than football, assuming no extra innings.

    What was tough was when Fox started the pre-game BS at 8:00 and the game didnt start until about 8:45. Those games ran late.

  3. Pete - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    You’re right, Craig. It would really suck for the SF fans if they win tonight. Why, just this morning, a Giants fan said to me, “I really don’t want the Giants in the world series if the games are going to start at 5:07 p.m. I’d much rather see the Cardnials win than to have to listen to the first three innings on the radio while I come home from work.”

  4. El Bravo - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    “This will suck for Giants fans out west if San Francisco wins tonight.” ….except, of course, for the fact that their team would be playing in that little thing called the World Series. I’d watch the Braves play at 4a.m. in the W.S. if I had the chance. So, Giants fans, if you complain for even a second about this start time being too early, I will find you Liam Neeson style and take your ass out.

  5. Pete - Oct 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    It’s clear that the real winners in this are Nationals fans.

    • mrwillie - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Don’t get ahead of yourself yet. We need to check the Metro schedule and make sure there will be ample trains running to get everyone home in time for an 8:07 first pitch. These people have rights you know.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Now, where did I put my World Series tickets? Oh yeah, in the same drawer as my NLCS tickets.

  6. lew24 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    I am fine with it as long as Fox is not going to try to pimp one of their shows during the game like they keep showing Ally McBeal behind the dugout in between every pitch!

  7. ibleedroyalblue - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Great news for a central time gal! I’m happy!

    • El Bravo - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Central time really is the best of all worlds isn’t it?

    • sportsdrenched - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      I’ve lived in all 4 time zones. My favorite was Mountain as far as start times for national games. But 7pm is pretty good too.

      • pemory - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        Utahn here…Mountain Time is awesome! Looking forward to a great WS!!

  8. kevinbnyc - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Why only 15 minutes of pregame on Sunday? I’m concerned there won’t be enough time to beat already-tired storylines further into oblivion.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      No doubt, to make sure the football studio guys have sufficient time to beat already-tired storylines further into oblivion.

  9. barclen - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    For Giants fans complaining being in the WS would “suck” because of the start time and possibly having to listen to the first 3 innings on the radio coming home from work…I’ll just throw out there that IF the Giants are in the WS, there’s another team involved which I believe is on East Coast time. I’d rather listen to the first 3 innings of a game on the radio coming home from work than miss the last 3 innings because the games start too late and I can’t watch ’cause I have to get up for work! Just saying…and I’m not a Tigers fan..

    • tomemos - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      You think Michigan is in the Eastern time zone? Michigan.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        The person who thumbed this up must live in the UP or something.

      • barclen - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        Yes, yes I do…look it up.

      • shaneoco1981 - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        It is in the Eastern Time Zone. I would know. I live there.

      • indaburg - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        I had no idea that Michigan observed both the Eastern and Central Time Zones. Seriously. I thought it was just Eastern. To most New Yorkers (and ex-pats), the country looks like the old New Yorker cartoon of the view from 9th Ave. The more you know.

      • ptfu - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM

        “Ex-pat” New Yorkers? So NYC is its own country now? Hahaha, well played.

      • tomemos - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:39 PM

        Wow, shut my mouth, I made a fool of myself! That’s what happens when coastal types make assumptions about the midwest.

  10. sonoco - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    5:00PM weeknight starts isn’t that big of a hardship, especially when your boss is a Giants fan too and gives the option to start and leave work 30 minutes early.

  11. APBA Guy - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Seriously. The Giants fans here, who are all bordering on the deranged at this moment, looking out their windows and chanting for the rain clouds to depart (so far it’s working) would LOVE the Giants to win tonight, and they don’t care what time the game starts Wednesday, as long as it starts at AT & T. Caltrain runs to 3rd and King regardless of start times. The Giants fans will be there.

  12. indaburg - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Although I’m 99.9% sure Craig is being sarcastic about Giants fans complaining, Giants fans, unlike Nats fans, have been to the big show before. They know the deal. I’d watch at 4 am if it was my team.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Sad that some continue to troll us Nats fans for not showing up for playoff games, when we showed up in standing room only numbers for 1:00 and 4:00 weekday playoff games. You guys need new material. Or, at least, you need to stick to Stephen Strasburg. :)

  13. mnlaw2012 - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    You know who this schedule is good for? Giants fans. The game starts at 5:07, thats brilliant. I would love to be coming home from work, get the first few innings on the radio and then when I got to my driveway at 6:30, I would not turn in the drive way, oh no, I would continue driving around the block until the game was over, because JOE BUCK and TIM MCCARVER should not be calling world series games. I don’t know about any of you, but AM radio/FM radio announcers are way more knowledgeable and manageable than these two baboons.

    • allforfunnplay - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      ya know, I love our local broadcasters; Kruk and Kuipe, Miller and even Dave what’s his name. I HATED FOX during the 2010 World Series. I remember the Giants being up 3-1 and the Fox team continued to predict the Rangers would win it in dominating fashion. It was like they were actively rooting for the Rangers (as they were blatantly rooting for the Philies).

      But I have to say that the Fox team and the MLB Network have been far more balanced in their coverage this time around (it’s nowhere close to perfect…but it is better). MLB Network and even Mitch Williams for crying out loud (who during the 2012 Giants/Phillies game actively roots for the Phillies while covering the game on national TV)…have been mostly fair in their coverage. I can only attribute this to the following possibilities:

      1. The Giants won in 2010 so they have a recent legitimate track record to be taken seriously by the national sports media.
      2. The Dodgers and their blockbuster trades in an effort to become “Yankees West” and their attempts to overtake the Giants for 1st place in NL West brought the national spotlight to the West Coast and the Giants.
      3. Major League Baseball told the media to knock off the East Coast bias crap.

      • mnlaw2012 - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

        It’s one thing for them to be “fair,” i am just referring to their blatant lack of knowledge for each team. They know more than they used to, because they know fans bicker about it. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the local announcers should really call the games for the National TV audience, because that would give them the best look at the team.

      • allforfunnplay - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:51 PM

        and how would you propose that? the home team’s announcer’s call the game?

        how about 1 color commentator from each team and a play by play guy (maybe from the home team)? that might be interesting but probably wouldn’t be a smooth broadcast as it usually takes sometime for broadcast teams to be in sych.

  14. sdelmonte - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    As long as the Yankees and Red Sox aren’t playing, an 8:07 start should end at a decent hour.

  15. woodenulykteneau - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    ” In 2010 they tried an early starting game: 6:57 PM Eastern. They got one of the lowest-rated World Series games ever.”

    And that it was Texas vs. San Francisco, or that they were playing on a Saturday in the heart of college football season had no effect whatsoever.

    • sportsdrenched - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Your arguement lacks uniqueness. The World Series goes against all types of football EVERY year.

      • woodenulykteneau - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        Well, considering (a) there is no such thing as “uniqueness” (b) college football games, which are of some interest to the residents of Texas, that have 3:30 p.m. kickoffs don’t get over until nearly 8 p.m. you might have a point. Like Oblio.

      • mnlaw2012 - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:52 PM

        Major League Baseball is a regional sport. End of story.

      • byjiminy - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:54 PM

        “all types of football?” you mean like those ratings blockbusters, Tuesday night football and Wednesday night football?

  16. thebadguyswon - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Personally, I can live with 8pm est.

  17. gmenfan1982 - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    I wish there was an easy fix to scheduling problems like this for the WS but even working two jobs and taking a class as well I always find a way to catch my Yankees and New York Giants games. Stay up late, lose sleep, it’s worth it. And it’s not too bad listening in the radio. I do it all the time when a game starts before I’m out of work. And if I work any night of a game night I pick the most important night to call out.

  18. hojo20 - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Great for Tiger fans to sit around all day and then when the sun goes down, they start the game in the cold.

  19. philliesblow - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    8:00 starts are going to be easy watches for Tigers fans that are used to dealing with 10:00 starts for Red Wing playoff games on the West coast.

  20. sportsjoker - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    If you’re a fan you’ll find a way to follow the games

  21. mashoaf - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    The best part about living on the west coast is we do not have to listen to Joe Buck for the first three innings.

  22. juanhughjazz - Oct 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Baseball is meant to be listened to on the radio. Especially when Joe Buck is in the booth. Although as a Tigers fan, I’ve been blessed with fantastic radio commentators.

    Also, I loved the early starts when I lived on the west coast.

  23. tvguy22 - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    The only bad thing is that Joe and Tim are still calling the games…

  24. pemory - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I don’t mind Joe & Tim. In fact, they’ve kind of grown on me the past few years. However, as lifelong Cardinals fans, they seemed downright incredulous about Pence’s big hit in Game Seven. Fox must have replayed it at least a dozen times and both of them kept gasping and remarking about what incredible good fortune it was for the Jints. Still, nice call by Tim regarding the rule for a ball hitting a broken bat more than once.

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