01 April 2015

2015 MLB on ESPN Announcers

Major League Baseball has been an integral piece of the ESPN landscape since their initial contract in 1990 and this year, there are some changes to their production including a wholesale revamping of their graphics (see images here, here and here). I am a big fan of the new scorebug (the simpler and cleaner, the better) but I am not a huge fan of the permanent strikezone. There will also be a pregame edition of Baseball Tonight on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 before that night's game, which should look a little different than your typical edition of BT.

But while there are some changes to the production side, there are not that many changes to their broadcast crews. Let's take a look.

As noted on the Sunday Night Baseball post, that announcing crew remains the same with Dan Shulman handling the play-by-play with the analysis being covered by John Kruk and Curt Schilling. Schilling did not do many games last season as he was battling cancer but with the cancer in remission, he will be in the booth all season long.

The Monday Night Baseball crew will expand to a three-man booth this season. Both Dave O'Brien and Aaron Boone will return after having worked together for two straight years but they will be joined by Mark Mulder in the first half of the season and Dallas Braden joining the fray in the second half.

The broadcast team for Wednesday nights will be interesting. Jon Sciambi and Rick Sutcliffe both return to the broadcast booth and they will be joined by Doug Glanville but not in the booth. Instead, Glanville will serve as a roving analyst that will broadcast from various locations in the ballpark. You can also see other analysts in a similar type of role in Eduardo Perez and Eric Wedge, as well as potentially others, over the course of the season.

H/T Awful Announcing

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