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ESPN announces its Sunday Night Baseball matchups for the first half

Jan 15, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

ESPN has sent out a press release revealing its “Sunday Night Baseball” matchups through July 20. Insert your “____ coast bias!” comments below:

source:  Just eyeballing it, the biggest oversights I see are no games involving either the Washington Nationals — who should be a strong contender and who have exciting young players like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg – and no Texas Rangers or Oakland A’s, who should be the top two contenders in a loaded AL West. But what do I know?

 

  1. contraryguy - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Reds vs Cards, Memorial Day weekend. Should be good.

    As for coastal bias, doesn’t look like they took full advantage of warm weather locales to do April night games in, at least after the first two.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    No Feesh. I guess the programmers at ESPN really want to make some advertising money on these broadcasts.

  3. teamobijuan - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Another reminder that you can’t watch any baseball for free.

  4. steveflack - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    As a Yankee Sunday Ticket Plan holder, I’m annoyed that I won’t have day time baseball until May. Ugh.

    • number42is1 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      As a Yankees Sunday ticker plan holder you should be more annoyed by their lineup… or lack thereof

      • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        As a Borg ticket play holder, you should be even more annoyed at the insane price you have to pay for a ticket. Me, I’ll take the same money and go out for a Kobe steak with a white truffle mousse and a side of Beluga caviar.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Oh the horror!!

  5. karlkolchak - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Jeez, these days we can’t even get a simple schedule without it being plastered with sponsor ads.

    • natstowngreg - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      How come Taco Bell didn’t get the opener? Didn’t they pony up enough cash?

      Yeah, it’s annoying, but such is the nature of business in our times. I’m still waiting for advertising on uniforms, as they do in soccer and auto racing.

      • historiophiliac - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Blech

      • natstowngreg - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        Indeed.

        It’s encouraging that Bud & Co. haven’t floated the idea of advertising on uniforms. But we must be eternally vigilant. Lest MLB become like soccer, where you can’t tell a team by its uniform, unless you know its corporate sponsor.

      • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        Histy, what have you got against massive doses of sodium and grease?

      • historiophiliac - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        I was reviewing PGA v Martin with a class once and some of my students argued that all golfers should use carts in tournaments and have sponsors plastered on them. I thought: Oh, yeah, Augusta National will *love* that….ironically.

        I don’t mind a little Taco Hell, I just hate all the advertising.

      • bankboy2012 - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Taco Bell got a good deal on the Red Sox/Yankees game. In both cases that crap runs on forever.

      • mississippimusicman - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        Taco Bell is never anyone’s first choice… unless they are taking advantage of the fine products now sold legally in the state of Colorado.

        As an aside, I wonder what effect the new law will have on Rockies home games?

      • Joe Vecchio - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        Well at least we haven’t yet gone the way of Japan and have teams named after their companies rather than their locations. We may call them the Tokyo Giants, for example, but they’re really the Yomiuri Giants, owned by the newspaper chain.

  6. dluxxx - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    TBD Bias!!!

  7. dkb1968 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Not sure exactly what the bias is, BUT, there is not a single game on that list, other than the TBD, that does not include at least 1 of the Dodgers, Cardinals, Yankees or Red Sox.

    • twenty1miles - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Seriously ESPN, what about Astros vs. Marlins and Cubs vs. Twins?

    • historiophiliac - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Playoff team bias + NY bias + anti-non-coastal bias + anti-southern bias

  8. pbastille - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Shouldn’t it be “TBD presented by TBD”?

    • drunkenhooliganism - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      I wonder if the holdup is picking the game or shaking down a sponsor for more money?

  9. shockgee - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Brought to you by Carl’s Jr. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr. Brought to you by Carl’s Jr.

    Why do I keep saying that? Cause they pay me every time I do!

    • natstowngreg - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Just wondering, is Carl’s Jr. any good? I’ve heard of it, but only in the context of Dodgers games.

      Inquiring minds in the Vast East Coast Conspiracy want to know.

      • voteforno6 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        I think it’s what they call Hardee’s out west.

      • cohnjusack - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CarlsJrHardeesLocations.svg

        Opposite. It’s called Hardees in the east and Mid-west. Carl’s Jr is west and southwest.

      • km9000 - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        Their commercials are awful.

      • abaird2012 - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        Best teriyakiburger I’ve ever had. Anywhere.

      • cohnjusack - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        I think it’s what they call Hardee’s out west.

        Umm…wow. I literally read “west”, interpreted it as “east” in my head and then corrected you on an error I only imagined you made.

        Luckily, it’s not as though my career as a software developer doesn’t require extreme attention to detail or anything.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Carl’s Jr used to have criss-cut fries which made them special.

        Carl’s Jr also stars in the early chapters of Fast Food Nation, which is, probably, the best guide to ridding yourself of fast food addictions. The movie is good, too, but to learn about the sway these cheap food stores maintain over our nation is quite eye opening.

      • natstowngreg - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Thanks to all for the input. Comparing it to Hardee’s tells me all I need to know. That is, next time I’m out west, don’t bother.

        We used to have a lot of Hardee’s places in the DC area, but most (if not all) became something else. Same for Red Barn and Roy Rogers. They’re not exactly missed, especially with McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Arby’s places available.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        km9000 – Jan 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM
        Their commercials are awful.
        —————————————————

        Huh? The ones with beautiful women in swimsuits?

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        Carl’s Jr is much better than McDonald’s, Wendy’s and especially Arby’s. That is, if you’re so inclined to eat greasy unhealthy fast food.

  10. natstowngreg - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Same thing happened to the Nats last year. Even after a 94-win season, they weren’t on the preliminary schedule. They were hardly on the full schedule. Makes no sense. The only possible reason could be, the Nats asked not to be scheduled. That makes no sense as well.

    The Rangers and A’s being left off make no sense. Neither do the Rays, Braves and Clevelands (note what I did there). Good that the Orioles and Pirates made it.

    Of course, the schedule is incomplete, but I don’t have the greatest confidence in ESPN’s game selections. Except to schedule Yankees/Red Sox games into every available slot.

    • greginohio - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      I couldn’t agree more. I for one am tired of every single Yankee-Red Sox game being shown on EXPN and MLB Network. There are 30 other teams in MLB, how bout we see some of these?

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Dodgers x 3? AGon is gonna be pissed….

  12. nymets4ever - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    needs moar Mets vs Phillies..even though both teams are mediocre, they usually play each other pretty tough. CBP seems to bring out the best in David Wright, who’s one of the most marketable stars in the game.

  13. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    It’s a good thing we have Taco Bell to help provide us with our Baseball Fix. Talk about a match made in heaven.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Well, it is what Verlander eats on games days…plus, he might be back with Kate Upton now. Whadda you got?

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        Just a crude joke involving Kate Upton and a euphemism involving tacos…

      • historiophiliac - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Stop!

  14. bobbywarren96 - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    It figure’s there would be no Atlanta Brave’s on the ESPN schedule for the first half, I wonder why?

    • philliesblow - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      No Clevelands either. ESPN must have ethnically insensitive mascot bias.

  15. Walk - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I am an atlanta fan, but i am glad there are no atlanta games listed so far. I live on the edge of the broadcast are. Shared with the florida teams, i believe, and if a braves game comes on espn then my home broadcast is blanked out. When i tune to espn they show me the alternate game. It is very frustrating. Calls to my tv provider have no effect and i even changed services and that had no effect either. Going back to the schedule, i do like the game choices. The beginning is heavily nl west and as those are rival competing teams filled with star players it is going to make for great games. The al teams toward the middle are solid as well. We get to see the yankees and at this point who knows what they are doing with the money they just made on the arod deal. Pittsburgh and baltimore are on the schedule as well as boston. That is a solid first half schedule. Are there other teams i wanted to see? Yes, but there are teams there i have only seen a few times in the last few years so i am loving that and that is only the first half.

  16. aceinthehole12 - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    As an A’s fan I’m pretty upset that they’re never on ESPN. They got on once last year on the road against Pittsburgh but it’s crazy that ESPN doesn’t think to put a couple A’s vs Rangers games on Sunday, Monday or even a Wednesday night. Whatever..guess we’re used to this by now though.

  17. raysfan1 - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Yankees, Red Sox 3x each. Orioles 2x. Angels and Tigers once each. That’s your AL line-up. That’s three teams that did not make the playoffs, two are on the schedule more than once. Meanwhile, the As, Rays, and Indians all got zilch.
    Craptacular, ESPN.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Hence I had to add in the anti-non-coastal and anti-southern bias. It got complicated! :)

    • 18thstreet - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      They’re in the money-making business.

      Go complain to Adam Smith.

      • raysfan1 - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        Nope. Free market economics is great, and Adam Smith was a smart guy. ESPN, on the other hand, stinks. Instead of complaining to a dead economic theorist, I have simply voiced my displeasure and will view the teams and games I am interested in via non-ESPN controlled media, not that they care.

  18. penguins87and71 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Its nice to see the Pirates FINALLY on Sunday Night Baseball!

  19. coninernineruno - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    I can’t wait to find out who is sponsoring the May 4th game.

    • ptfu - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      I know what ad will be shown during pitching changes and between innings…

  20. coninernineruno - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    5 games featuring the Yankees, Red Sox or Orioles. West Coast (of the Atlantic Ocean) Bias!

  21. crackersnap - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Total ignoramus here. But when ESPN shows a Yankees game on an ESPN national broadcast, what happens to the Yankees’ own broadcast of that game on their own network?

  22. kirkmack - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    It is a self fulfilling prophecy. ESPN says that the BoSox, Yankees, and Cards are the most popular teams, so that is all they program, so then they can turn around and say, “Hey, look, all people want to see are these teams- look at our numbers!” when, really, there is no other option…

    • crackersnap - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      Well, in their defense, when they do put on other teams the ratings are not as high.

      But I always wonder why ESPN sees that as some kind of problem? As a publicly-held business, isn’t it their fiduciary duty to grow their market? Shouldn’t they be trying to promote the other regional teams more often in order to grow awareness of other players and other story lines? Shouldn’t that be seen as a growth opportunity? For example, the things going on in with the rebuilding of the Royals, the Astros, and the White Sox are fascinating. It’s possible that in a few years we will have a serious contender from these teams but few fans outside their local markets will appreciate how that came to be.

      What ESPN does is cherry pick. It’s lazy. And it’s no wonder that a national audience shows little interest in a World Series when the teams involved are unfamiliar.

  23. dwishinsky - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Is there a reason there are no games in June?

  24. randygnyc - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    I hate the east coast bias, and am opposed to having ESPN air ANY Yankee’s games, ever. This Yankee fan prefers to watch the games on my home station of YES. I find it extremely off-putting to be forced to watch these games on what I consider, an inferior station.

    Other than that, I don’t care. MLB.TV has solved all my viewing conflicts. If I want to see Kershaw pitch, I tune in. If I want to see Pujols hobble around, no problem. I get to watch any and every game of my choosing. You should too.

  25. nascar915 - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    Where’s the Braves maybe the second half

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