By Ryan Berenz
I usually forget that TBS airs Major League Baseball outside of October. TBS is back this season with its schedule of Sunday afternoon games beginning April 3 at 2pm ET with the Boston Red Sox at the Texas Rangers. For those tired of the constant media barrage of Yankees and Red Sox, TBS did you no favors. Six of the nine games announced involve either the Yanks or Sox, and the Phillies are on the schedule twice. I guess if you want to maximize viewers, Pirates vs. Marlins isn’t going to cut it. The TBS schedule through May and full press release below:
“Sunday MLB on TBS” Returns with Multiple Appearances by the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies
Schedule gets underway on April 3 with AL Champion Texas Rangers hosting the Red Sox
TBS announced today the first two months of its “Sunday MLB on TBS” schedule for the 2011 season. The package, which includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season, includes multiple appearances by the New York Yankees (May 1, May 8 and May 22), Boston Red Sox (April 3, April 17 and May 29) and the Philadelphia Phillies (April 10 and May 15). The schedule will also feature a rematch of the 2010 ALCS when AL MVP Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers host Derek Jeter and the Yankees on May 8 at 2 p.m. (ET). Other highlights of the early schedule include:
April 3: The “Sunday MLB on TBS” schedule gets underway with Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and the new-look Red Sox taking on Adrian Beltre and the Rangers (2 p.m. ET).
April 24: A NL showdown in historic Wrigley Field when the Chicago Cubs host the Los Angeles Dodgers (2:15 p.m. ET).
May 15: The 2011 MLB Civil Rights Game will feature NL East rivals squaring off when Ryan Howard and the Phillies face Jason Heyward and the Atlanta Braves (TBA). The Braves also host the Phillies on TBS on April 11 (1:30 p.m. ET).
May 22: Battle of the Big Apple featuring Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees hosting David Wright and the New York Mets (1 p.m. ET).
The network will also exclusively televise the 2011 MLB All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 3 and in October, TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of all four MLB Division Series (DS) and the National League Championship Series (NLCS). The network will announce future games on its schedule coinciding with its selection windows. The games included in the TBS MLB package will be blacked out in each team’s home television territory.
2011 Sunday MLB on TBS Schedule
Date Time (ET) Game
Sunday, April 3 2 p.m. Boston Red Sox @ Texas Rangers
Sunday, April 10 1:30 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves
Sunday, April 17 1:30 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox
Sunday, April 24 2:15 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs
Sunday, May 1 1 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees
Sunday, May 8 2 p.m. New York Yankees @ Texas Rangers
Sunday, May 15 TBA Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves
Sunday, May 22 1 p.m. New York Mets @ New York Yankees
Sunday, May 29 1 p.m. Boston Red Sox @ Detroit Tigers
A rotation of play-by-play announcers will call the action, including Emmy® winner Ernie Johnson, Dick Stockton and Brian Anderson. The network’s play-by-play announcers will be paired with TBS analysts Ron Darling and John Smoltz. Additionally, Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley and David Wells, three-time All-Star and owner of a perfect game, will provide color commentary for a select number of live game broadcasts as part of Sunday MLB on TBS, in addition to their studio work during the network’s exclusive coverage of the LDS and NLCS. Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. will be a part of the All-Star Selection Show studio team, as well as during the network’s coverage of the LDS and NLCS.
TBS has broadcast MLB coverage for more than 30 years serving as the exclusive home of the MLB Division Series (DS) and one League Championship Series (LCS) since 2007 and home of Atlanta Braves coverage from 1977 to 2007.