Dewayne Staats’ voice has a timeless quality, like he was doing play-by-play for crackling radios in the 1930s. He and Brian Anderson work well together, neither jumping in too much nor filling the broadcast with fluff.
Game of the Week
As the name suggests, Game of the Week televises nationally important regular season Major League Baseball games that usually air on Saturday afternoons. Traditionally, the networks have favored big market teams when selecting Game of the Week games, since they could draw larger ratings than smaller markets. This prompted criticism from some fans when, for example, Fox’s first season of baseball broadcasting in Template:Baseball year did not include a single Yankees game or a pennant race game and Joe Buck did not call any games after September.
In the 1960s, Edgar J. Scherick (who would later create Wide World of Sports) broached the idea of a nationally televised Game of the Week. ABC initially balked, but eventually agreed to pay $5.7 million for the rights to 28 Saturday/holiday Game of the Week telecasts. Blackouts applied to cities with MLB clubs, but the broadcasts still attracted 32% of all TV sets in use. This was an impressive ratings figure and a huge boon for the network.
Game of the Month
With a full 162-game regular season and lengthy postseason, millions of fans across the United States will be tuning in to watch their favorite teams compete for the Commissioner’s Trophy. Beyond terrestrial broadcast, cable television and satellite providers offer a variety of options for MLB coverage. ESPN holds near-exclusive rights through Sunday Night Baseball and select Thursday fixtures, Fox Sports 1 shows local games in their timeslot on Monday and Wednesday, while the MLB Network Strike Zone complements most TV packages and offers live streaming of out-of-market matches.
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Game of the Year
With an ad-free viewing experience, it’s easy to find highlights from any game, with a simple swipe of the screen. The MLB app also provides a personalized highlights experience that is updated every night.
This year, Peacock will continue its exclusive Sunday morning package of Major League Baseball games. Starting April 23, the network will stream 19 live games on Sundays through September 3. The 2023 team of announcers includes Wayne Randazzo (play-by-play), Alex Faust (analyst), Dontrelle Willis and Ryan Spilborghs as analysts, along with Heidi Watney and Tricia Whitaker as sideline reporters. The team will be joined by former umpires Brian Gorman and Dale Scott for rules analysis.
Fans can also enjoy MLB Network Strike Zone, a complementary channel that’s typically included in higher-tier TV plans. The channel broadcasts on Tuesday and Friday nights, when several games are being played at the same time. Local blackout restrictions still apply. However, cord-cutters can avoid them by including their regional sports network in their plan.
The All-Star Game is played during a break in the regular season, usually the second or third Tuesday of July. It marks the symbolic halfway point of the MLB season (though not the actual halfway point, which typically falls within the next week or so).
Fans vote for their favorite position players, with a limited number of voters allowed to cast each ballot. The top vote-getters in each league are automatically named starters. In addition to the fan-voted All-Stars, MLB managers pick one player each from their own teams to start the game.
AL manager Dusty Baker chose Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and NL manager Rob Thomson selected Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen to begin the game. Both players will be rookie All-Stars.