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Thursday, January 16, 2014

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Schedule for First Half

Date Game
March 30 Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres telecast presented by Scotts
April 6* San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers telecast presented by Taco Bell (ESPN2)
April 13 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees telecast presented by Taco Bell
April 20** Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Soxtelecast presented by Taco Bell (7 p.m.)
April 27 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at New York Yankees telecast presented by Taco Bell
May 4 TBD
May 11 St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates telecast presented by Taco Bell
May 18 Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox telecast presented by Taco Bell
May 25 St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds telecast presented by Taco Bell
July 13 New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles telecast presented by Taco Bell
July 20 Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals telecast presented by Taco Bell

The interesting one is the Orioles/Red Sox on April 20th.  That’s Marathon weekend and the teams are scheduled to play at 11AM the next morning.  Yeah they bumped the game up an hour but it seems kind of silly to schedule a night game before the only morning start in MLB the next day.

By division;
Eastern - 8
Central - 6
Pacific - 6

Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM | 39 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM (#4640219)
11 teams represented And the Braves and Nats are glaring omissions, I would think people would be eager to see those two teams. Not to mention the back-to-back division winning A's.

Someday we will find a cure for TBD.
   2. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4640226)
Man, the A's need a star. On the other hand, if they were on Sunday night, I wouldn't be able to watch the game on MLB.com so...whatever.

edit: There are no AL West teams at all. Not even the Astros!
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM (#4640250)
edit: There are no AL West teams at all. Not even the Astros!


Wow, they're such a big draw, they opened up the season on national TV last year!
   4. Shredder Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:19 PM (#4640274)
Someday we will find a cure for TBD.
Not if people start funneling all of their charitable donations to GVH.
   5. Shredder Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM (#4640275)
edit: There are no AL West teams at all. Not even the Astros!
Did the Angels switch divisions?
April 27 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at New York Yankees telecast presented by Taco Bell
   6. Mattbert Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM (#4640298)
Someday we will find a cure for TBD.

I don't know. Unfortunately, I think Taco Bell Dysentery will always be with us in one form or another.
   7. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM (#4640301)
Did the Angels switch divisions?

I must have just read "Los Angeles" and assumed it was the team that plays in Los Angeles.
   8. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4640303)
Wow, they're such a big draw, they opened up the season on national TV last year!


Yeah, I thought Astros-Rangers was the new Red Sox-Yankees!
It does take a couple of weeks to get the first Red Sox-Yankees matchup. Pretty good slate of games, all in all.
   9. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:46 PM (#4640309)
10 announced games. 5 involving either the Yankees or Red Sox. I can't imagine why people would think ESPN had a bias there.
   10. JE (Jason) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4640312)
The interesting one is the Orioles/Red Sox on April 20th. That’s Marathon weekend and the teams are scheduled to play at 11AM the next morning. Yeah they bumped the game up an hour but it seems kind of silly to schedule a night game before the only morning start in MLB the next day.

Good catch. There will be some serious kvetching about this in due course -- Buck Showalter almost certainly leading the chorus -- and rightfully so.
   11. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4640313)
5 involving either the Yankees or Red Sox. I can't imagine why people would think ESPN had a bias there.


I can't speak for the playoff-missing losers on your list, but the latter team is the defending world champs, so it's understandable they'd warrant some extra national looks.

Good catch. There will be some serious kvetching about this in due course -- Buck Showalter will almost certainly lead the chorus -- and rightfully so.


Especially since his team will be so thoroughly disadvantaged by this scheduling quirk. Oh wait, no it won't.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM (#4640321)
It will be interesting to see who "presents" a better game - Scott's or Taco Bell?

I can't speak for the playoff-missing losers on your list, but the latter team is the defending world champs, so it's understandable they'd warrant some extra national looks.


And the Yanks have big names like Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts, and Alfonso Soriano in their lineup. If we're lucky, maybe it will be David Phelps' turn to pitch that night.
   13. cardsfanboy Posted: January 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM (#4640324)
5 involving either the Yankees or Red Sox. I can't imagine why people would think ESPN had a bias there.


5 games involving the Cardinals /Dodgers also.....Not so sure it's bias as much as it's the teams with the best chance of being relevant in 2014.

   14. Shredder Posted: January 16, 2014 at 01:01 PM (#4640329)
10 announced games. 5 involving either the Yankees or Red Sox. I can't imagine why people would think ESPN had a bias there.
Much as I hate to admit it, they have a bias toward ratings. As a fan of a team that no one watches, it kinda sucks, but so it goes.
   15. Juan Uribe Marching and Chowder Society Posted: January 16, 2014 at 01:03 PM (#4640330)
ESPN had a bias there.


I'm sure ESPN has a bias for money and that's it.

EDIT: 13 and 14 said what I was trying to say.
   16. BDC Posted: January 16, 2014 at 01:10 PM (#4640335)
Someday we will find a cure for TBD

Exorcism can be effective in changing it to the benign TBR.
   17. villageidiom Posted: January 16, 2014 at 01:37 PM (#4640351)
5 games involving the Cardinals /Dodgers also.....Not so sure it's bias as much as it's the teams with the best chance of being relevant in 2014.
All of the listed games involve the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, or Cardinals.

FWIW, none of the games are interleague.

IIRC in the past, regardless of team quality, Yankees/Mets was always a pick. There are no scheduled Yankees/Mets weekend games this year. (Just a midweek four game series, the first 2 in the Bronx, the last 2 in Queens.) Technically the Yankees have the shortest homestand on the schedule, returning from Milwaukee for those first 2 at home against the Mets, then they're "on the road" against the Mets. Likewise, that is the shortest "road trip" on the schedule, as their next series is at home against the Pirates before heading to Chicago for 6 straight (2 vs. Cubs, 4 vs. White Sox). Theirs is a sensibly bizarre schedule.
   18. JE (Jason) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 01:41 PM (#4640355)
Especially since his team will be so thoroughly disadvantaged by this scheduling quirk. Oh wait, no it won't.

It inconveniences both teams, SoSH, albeit the road team a little more.
   19. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: January 16, 2014 at 01:49 PM (#4640363)
It inconveniences both teams, SoSH, albeit the road team a little more.


Sure, it's inconvenient and a general pain in the ass and should have been avoided, it's just not a problem from a competitive standpoint. They'll both be playing late into the night, then both will have to play again early the next day. I don't see how either team has some kind of edge over the other, which is ultimately what matters.

If the Sox were playing two different opponents, and going from the Sunday Night Game against the Jays to the Monday morning game against the O's, they would be something of a gripe from a competitiveness standpoint (though less of one since they're the ones who insist on playing in the morning).

If the O's were playing the Sunday Night Game in a different city, and then traveling to Boston for the morning game on Monday, that would be an enormous problem from a competitiveness standpoint, and would be worth any amount of kvetching Buck and the entire O's organization could manage.

This? Eh. Buck will ##### because that's what Buck does. But it won't amount to anything in the grand scheme of things for the O's or Sox in 2014.

   20. cardsfanboy Posted: January 16, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4640370)
Aren't most day games preceded by a night game anyway?
   21. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: January 16, 2014 at 02:02 PM (#4640376)
Aren't most day games preceded by a night game anyway?


Yes, but this is the only day game that starts at 11 in the morning.
   22. SouthSideRyan Posted: January 16, 2014 at 02:04 PM (#4640377)
[20]Yeah, but ESPN had the choice of 14 other games to move to night that wouldn't have an 11 AM start the next day.
   23. jmurph Posted: January 16, 2014 at 02:15 PM (#4640391)
My (admittedly crude) assumption is that ESPN is attempting to get in on what will surely be a deluge of media attention of the one-year anniversary of the marathon bombing.
   24. JE (Jason) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 02:19 PM (#4640395)
But it won't amount to anything in the grand scheme of things for the O's or Sox in 2014.

Of course I never said that. However, sleeping in a hotel room and needing to pack for the next day -- in contrast, the Sox remain in Boston to host the Yankees on Tuesday -- is less convenient than crashing in your own bed. Again, the difference is minor, but real.

   25. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: January 16, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4640399)
I'm guessing that O's/Sox game was picked because it was the night before the marathon. This allows them to feature (it seems crude to say "Sell") the marathon bombing angle and the Red Sox role in "bringing the city together."

Edit: A "crude" Coke to 23.
   26. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: January 16, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4640402)
Sure, it's inconvenient and a general pain in the ass and should have been avoided, it's just not a problem from a competitive standpoint. They'll both be playing late into the night, then both will have to play again early the next day. I don't see how either team has some kind of edge over the other, which is ultimately what matters.


Could you argue that whatever competitive disadvantage exists hurts the Red Sox more than the Oriole? Not that it's a huge deal but the Orioles are (I assume) commuting 5 minutes to a local hotel, the Sox are commuting 20-30 minutes to their homes. Figure that buys the Orioles an extra half hour of sleep?

But really in the end it's a non-issue.

And jmurph is right of course, ESPN is just latching onto the anniversary of the bombing.
   27. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: January 16, 2014 at 02:30 PM (#4640415)

Of course I never said that. However, sleeping in a hotel room and needing to pack for the next day -- in contrast, the Sox remain in Boston to host the Yankees on Tuesday -- is less convenient than crashing in your own bed. Again, the difference is minor, but real.


As Jose said, the beds the Sox are staying in are probably quite a bit further away from the park than the one the O's will nestle in, so whatever packing issues Buck's troopers must engage in are probably offset by the shorter commute.

Obviously, there's no reason for the Sox and O's to be playing the Sunday Night Game - it's a mutual PITA with no obvious upside. But if Buck or Farrell or any of the players start complaining about the unfairness of it, then he's FOS. It won't hurt either team on the field, either in the games against one another or the longer season to come. It's just an inconvenience, much like a split doubleheader is probably more of a nuisance compared to a back-to-back twinbill.
   28. jmurph Posted: January 16, 2014 at 02:34 PM (#4640422)
On the plus side, would be a fun (but expensive) weekend for the far-flung fans: go to the Sunday night game, stay in the city, go to the morning game, experience the excitement of the marathon.
   29. JE (Jason) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 02:39 PM (#4640428)
On the plus side, would be a fun (but expensive) weekend for the far-flung fans: go to the Sunday night game, stay in the city, go to the morning game, experience the excitement of the marathon.

But this time leave the backpacks at the hotel.
   30. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: January 16, 2014 at 03:00 PM (#4640460)
The interesting one is the Orioles/Red Sox on April 20th. That’s Marathon weekend and the teams are scheduled to play at 11AM the next morning.

With any luck, the Sunday night game will go about 18 innings or so.
   31. The Ghost's Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season Posted: January 16, 2014 at 03:17 PM (#4640480)
For sure it's all about the ratings for ESPN. I can see the Sox, Yanks, and Dodgers, but are the Cards really a big draw for our viewing eyeballs? I guess so.
   32. cardsfanboy Posted: January 16, 2014 at 03:20 PM (#4640486)
For sure it's all about the ratings for ESPN. I can see the Sox, Yanks, and Dodgers, but are the Cards really a big draw for our viewing eyeballs? I guess so.


They have one of the largest fanbases in baseball. Thanks to the fact that they were the westernmost team in baseball for a long period of time, and had a massive radio tower that broadcast ridiculous distance.
   33. Dan Evensen Posted: January 16, 2014 at 03:21 PM (#4640487)
Only one Red Sox - Yankees game in the first half of the season. Can't complain.
   34. Lassus Posted: January 16, 2014 at 03:52 PM (#4640521)
I can't imagine why people would think ESPN had a bias there.

You can't really pay enough non-goatfuckers the proper amount of money to give a shit about watching the Braves, which is why ESPN doesn't care.
   35. Brian Posted: January 16, 2014 at 05:18 PM (#4640588)
But this time leave the backpacks at the hotel


Really?
   36. villageidiom Posted: January 16, 2014 at 05:34 PM (#4640600)
Really?
Meaning "leave them in the hotel room and don't leave them on the ground at the marathon route, people are going to freak out", not "blow up the hotel this time".

EDIT: Or possibly "don't bother even bringing it to the marathon, security might not even let you within a mile of the route with a backpack".
   37. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: January 16, 2014 at 05:45 PM (#4640606)
Meaning "leave them in the hotel room and don't leave them on the ground at the marathon route, people are going to freak out", not "blow up the hotel this time".

EDIT: Or possibly "don't bother even bringing it to the marathon, security might not even let you within a mile of the route with a backpack".


I interpreted Brian's comment to mean, "Really, you're making a joke about bringing a backpack to the Boston Marathon?"

   38. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: January 16, 2014 at 06:24 PM (#4640632)
For sure it's all about the ratings for ESPN. I can see the Sox, Yanks, and Dodgers, but are the Cards really a big draw for our viewing eyeballs? I guess so.


They have one of the largest fanbases in baseball. Thanks to the fact that they were the westernmost team in baseball for a long period of time, and had a massive radio tower that broadcast ridiculous distance.

Prior to the coming of the TBS and WGN cable tieups, the Cardinals probably had the biggest geographical fan base of any team in the Majors.
   39. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: January 16, 2014 at 06:43 PM (#4640635)
I don't think this list is right. I'm pretty sure the Yankees and Red Sox are on ESPN every Sunday night.

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