Sunday Night Baseball (Sept. 6) San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at 8 p.m. ET
(ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV) Commentators: Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, Steve Phillips
Wednesday Night Baseball doubleheader (Sept. 9) Tampa Bay Rays* vs. New York Yankees at 7 p.m.
* game telecast will be available in local market
(ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN360.com) Commentators: Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, Steve Phillips
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at 10 p.m.
(ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV) Commentators: Dave O’Brien, Rick Sutcliffe
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Following are highlights from this week’s Major League Baseball coverage on ESPN:
Morgan Describes Turning Hitter’s Count Into Pitcher’s Count Hall of Famer Joe Morgan analyzed Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton’s ability to turn a hitter’s count into a more favorable pitcher’s count when the Phillies faced the Atlanta Braves on Sunday Night Baseball (Aug. 30).
“K Zone” Used to Demonstrate Changes in Plate Approach By Howard and Utley Sunday Night Baseball’s “K Zone” was utilized when analysts Joe Morgan and Steve Phillips pointed out adjustments made by Philadelphia’s Chase Utley and Ryan Howard between their first and second at bats. Utley homered in his second at bat after flying out the first time up to the plate. Howard slugged a single his second time up after flying out earlier in the game.
A.J. Pierzynski – Most Hated Man in Baseball? SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight aired a light-hearted feature on Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski which posed the question – is he the most hated man in baseball? Regardless of the answer, analysts John Kruk and Dave Winfield want him on their team.
Baseball Tonight Analysts Discuss Wild Card Races Baseball Tonight analysts Peter Gammons, John Kruk and Dave Winfield shared their perspectives on teams contending in the wild card races.
ESPN’s 20th Year All-Star Team Voting Continues
ESPN continues to celebrate 20 seasons of MLB coverage with fan voting determining a 20th year All-Star Team. ESPN viewers have voted throughout the first half of the season to narrow the list of 10 candidates per position down to three finalists in each category. This week, the fan vote will determine their favorite right fielder over the past 20 years. The winner – Vladimir Guerrero, Tony Gwynn or Sammy Sosa – will be announced during Sunday Night Baseball September 6. Last week, fans voted for Derek Jeter as shortstop over Cal Ripken, Jr., and Ozzie Smith. Next week’s vote will determine the favorite left fielder over the previous 20 seasons.