ESPN’s Week in Baseball
Upcoming MLB schedule:
Sunday Night Baseball (July 19)
New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves at 6 p.m. ET
(ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV)
Commentators: Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, Steve Phillips
Monday Night Baseball (July 20)
Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies* at 7 p.m.
* full national telecast; available in both local markets
(ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV)
Commentators: Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, Steve Phillips
Wednesday Night Baseball
Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers at 8 p.m.
(ESPN2, ESPN2 HD, ESPN360.com)
Commentators: Dave O’Brien, Rick Sutcliffe
ESPN’s nightly destination for MLB fans seeking highlights, news and information throughout the season, generally Monday through Saturday at 10 p.m. and midnight (9 p.m. PT); Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Following are highlights from this week’s Major League Baseball coverage on ESPN:
Surprise, Surprise – Bob Knight challenges officiating
Bob Knight Challenges Officials College basketball analyst Bob Knight revisited his coaching days when he playfully argued a call during the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.
Berman calls Fielder’s shots, including “no fielder is going to catch that” line
State Farm Home Run Derby champion Prince Fielder hit two bombs during the second round of the State Farm Home Run Derby, with Chris Berman providing the play-by-play. During one of the long shots, Berman said, “no fielder is going to catch that.” Fielder followed up with an even more impressive 503-foot blast.
Piniella reflects on first half with Gammons on SportsCenter
Piniella on First Half of Season Hall of Fame baseball reporter Peter Gammons interviewed Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella for SportsCenter’s Sunday Conversation. Piniella talked about the disappointing first half and his experiences with the Chicago media. Gammons ended the interview by asking Piniella if he would intentionally walk St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols in a one-game playoff, with a three-run lead in the ninth inning with bases loaded and two outs.
Baseball Tonight trio discuss swing technique
Nolan Ryan Interveiw Reporter Buster Olney shared his favorite swing among past players, while analysts Orestes Destrade and Eric Young looked at the swings of players in the game today and discussed the difference between smooth and angry swingers.
ESPN’s 20th Year All-Star Team Voting Intensifies
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 closer over the past 20 years. The winner – Dennis Eckersley, Trevor Hoffman or Mariano Rivera – will be announced during Sunday Night Baseball July 19. Last week, Randy Johnson won the fan vote over Tom Glavine and Johan Santana as favorite left-handed pitcher. Next week’s vote will determine the fans’ choice for top designated hitter over the previous 20 seasons.