ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage for the week ahead will feature several highlights, including the Star Wars-themed telecast on Tuesday, May 4, when the New York Yankees host the Houston Astros at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Star Wars-themed telecast is in celebration of “May the fourth” and will feature ESPN commentators dressed in full costume as Star Wars characters, plus custom on-screen animations. Karl Ravech, dressed as Luke Skywalker, will provide commentary with analysts Tim Kurkjian (as Yoda) and Eduardo Perez (as a Jawa). Marly Rivera will report from Yankee Stadium.
With We Are All Jackie, available exclusively on ESPN+ starting Thursday, May 29, ESPN’s The Undefeated presents a collection of stories devoted to Robinson’s excellence and how his courage still strengthens the firsts of today.
Through four games, ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball is averaging 1,709,000 viewers, up 38 percent compared to the 2020 season average and up seven percent from the 2019 season average, according to Nielsen.
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ESPN will exclusively televise Sunday Night Baseball Presented by Taco Bell: Statcast Edition on April 25 when the defending World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers and Mookie Betts host the San Diego Padres and Fernando Tatís, Jr. The special telecast airs at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
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Through two weeks, ESPN’s 2021 Sunday Night Baseball viewership average is up 33 percent from the 2020 full season average, according to Nielsen. Sunday Night Baseball is generating an average of 1,585,000 viewers, compared to 1,191,000 viewers in 2020.
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ESPN will commemorate the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson with an April 13 Major League Baseball doubleheader, which will feature special guests and player interviews to salute the legendary Robinson breaking the color barrier in MLB and explore how he continues to impact the modern baseball player.
National League MVP Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves opens up as never before on life, his battle with COVID-19 and his struggles with building a family in a new episode of ESPN E60 premiering Sunday, April 11.
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During the month of April, ESPN will televise eight weeknight baseball games in the return of Monday Night Baseball Presented by USAA and Wednesday Night Baseball Presented by Hankook Tire, and a game every day on ESPN+.
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World Series Champion and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Alex Rodriguez held a media conference call Wednesday ahead of the 2021 MLB season. Rodriguez, entering his fourth season of ESPN MLB coverage, will call ESPN’s Opening Night exclusive telecast – New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals – at 7 p.m. ET this Thursday, April 1, with Matt Vasgersian and Senior MLB Insider Buster Olney. For the current 2021 Sunday Night Baseball schedule, visit ESPN Press Room.
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ESPN launches its 2021 Major League Baseball season on Opening Day, Thursday, April 1, with a nationally televised quadrupleheader presented by DraftKings. ESPN’s national season-opening slate will showcase 11 national game telecasts and a total 18 MLB Clubs in action over four days.