Wednesday Night Baseball

Wednesday Night Baseball is a live game telecast of Major League Baseball that airs every Wednesday night during the regular season on ESPN. The game starts at 7pm ET, following SportsCenter, and usually lasts around three hours with an hour-long Baseball Tonight following the game leading up to the 11pm ET SportsCenter (1am ET for September games with Baseball Tonight moving to ESPN2 at 12am ET). The official name is ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire. Every April some broadcasts air on ESPN2 due to ESPN's priority with Wednesday's NBA coverage.

Wednesday Night Baseball is not exclusive to ESPN. The teams' local broadcasters may still air the game. ESPNEWS is seen on ESPN during the game in the teams' designated markets, unless local broadcasters choose not to televise the game. ESPN's blackout (100-mile radius from the stadium, and all of a team's designated market) can be lifted in the latter scenario. On double-headers in September, due to the broadcast of Monday Night Football, either one of the Wednesday Night Baseball games will co-exist with the local markets' carriers and will not always be subject to blackout.

Wednesday Night Baseball
StarringJon Sciambi
Rick Sutcliffe
David Ross
and others (see below)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons27th Season
Production
Running time3 hours (approximate)
Release
Original networkESPN (1990-)
ESPN2 (1996-2005)
Original releaseApril 18, 1990 –
Present
Chronology
Related showsSunday Night Baseball
Monday Night Baseball
External links
Website

Commentators

A complete list of broadcasters, with their period of tenure on the show (beginning years of each season shown).

Current

  • Jon Sciambi: (play-by-play, 2005; fill-in play-by-play, 2013; play-by-play, 2014–present)
  • David Ross: (analyst, 2017–present)
  • Rick Sutcliffe: (analyst, 2008–present)
  • Steve Levy: (fill-in play-by-play, 2013–present)
  • Sean McDonough: (play-by-play, 2011–2012, for September games only; 2013–present, select games)
  • Karl Ravech: (fill-in play-by-play, 2013–present)

Past

History

Former logo used until 2011.

The program debuted in 1990, when ESPN first acquired MLB rights. From 2000 to 2005, broadcasts consisted of a doubleheader, usually airing the first game at 7pm ET on ESPN and the second at 10pm ET on ESPN2. The second part of the doubleheader was discontinued after 2005 season.

Wednesdays also formerly included an afternoon game, called ESPN DayGame which aired typically at 12:30pm or 1pm ET on ESPN, making Wednesdays ESPN's primary day of baseball, as games aired both in the afternoon and in primetime. However, ESPN DayGame was also discontinued following the 2006 season.

See also

Resources

External links

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