Wednesday Night Baseball
|Wednesday Night Baseball|
and others (see below)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||27th Season|
|Running time||3 hours (approximate)|
|Original network||ESPN (1990–2021)|
|Original release||April 18, 1990 –|
September 29, 2021
|Related shows||Sunday Night Baseball|
Monday 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). 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.
A complete list of broadcasters, with their period of tenure on the show (beginning years of each season shown).
- Manny Acta: (analyst, 2013–2015)
- Erin Andrews: (field reporter, 2008)
- Chris Berman: (play-by-play, 1990–2016, select games)
- Bonnie Bernstein: (field reporter, 2007, select games)
- Steve Berthiaume: (fill-in play-by-play, 2007–2012)
- Aaron Boone: (fill-in analyst, 2010–2017, for September games only)
- Jeff Brantley: (analyst, 2002–2005)
- Dave Campbell: (analyst, 1990–2002)
- Bob Carpenter: (play-by-play, 1990–2004)
- Duke Castiglione: (field reporter, 2006)
- Nomar Garciaparra: (analyst, 2010–2013)
- Doug Glanville: (analyst, 2013–2017)
- Pedro Gomez (field reporter, 2011–2014)
- Orel Hershiser: (analyst, 2001 and 2006–2007; 2009–2010 for September games)
- Chipper Jones: (analyst, 2020)
- Tim Kurkjian: (field reporter, 2011–2014, for September games only)
- Barry Larkin: (fill-in analyst, 2013–2014)
- Steve Levy: (fill-in play-by-play, 2013–2021)
- Buck Martinez: (analyst, 1992–2000 and 2002–05)
- Sean McDonough: (play-by-play, 2011–2012, for September games only; 2013-2015, select games)
- Mark Mulder: (fill-in analyst, 2013–2015)
- Joe Morgan: (analyst, 1990–2010, select games)
- Dave O'Brien: (play-by-play, 2008–2012; 2013–2015, for September games only)
- Steve Phillips: (analyst, 2007)
- Karl Ravech: (fill-in play-by-play, 2013–2021)
- David Ross: (analyst, 2017–2019)
- Curt Schilling: (analyst, 2013–2016)
- Jon Sciambi: (play-by-play, 2005; fill-in play-by-play, 2013; play-by-play, 2014–2021)
- Xavier Scruggs: (analyst 2021)
- Rick Sutcliffe: (analyst, 2008–2021)
- Dan Shulman: (play-by-play, 1995–2007; 2009–2010 for September games)
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.
In 2021, ESPN agreed to a new contract with Major League Baseball through the 2028 season. However, the deal included only around 30 exclusive broadcasts, most of which would take place on Sunday Night Baseball. Thus, it is likely that Wednesday Night Baseball may move to another network in the foreseeable future, or become part of the MLB Network Showcase package.
Wednesday Night Baseball on other networks
FS1 (2017-2018, 2020-present)
While nationally televised FS1 games usually air on Friday and Saturday nights FS1 has also aired games on Wednesday nights since 2017. Usually on days when ESPN is covering other sports.
|2017||April 5, 2017, 7PM||Yankees||Rays|
|April 5, 2017, 7PM||Royals||Tigers|
|2018||April 4, 2018, 7:30PM||Cardinals||Brewers|
|2020||August 5, 2020, 4:00PM||Phillies||Yankees|
|August 12, 2020, 6:30PM||Royals||Reds|
|September 9, 2020, 6:30PM||White Sox||Pirates|
|2021||April 28, 2021, 7:00PM||Cubs||Braves|
MLB Network (2009-present)
Since 2009, MLB Network airs live baseball most weeknights, including games. Wednesday games on MLB Network tend to just be simulcasts of games produced by regional sports networks and not games directly produced by MLB network.
- ESPN Major League Baseball
- Baseball Tonight
- Sunday Night Baseball
- Monday Night Baseball
- Thursday Night Baseball
- Fox Major League Baseball
- Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio
- ESPN Major League Baseball broadcasters
- Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio broadcasters
- List of current Major League Baseball announcers
- Press Release: ESPN’s Signature MLB Franchises Return - Sunday, Monday and Wednesday Night Baseball
- Hughes, Katie. "The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and Major League Baseball Reach Long-Term Rights Extension for Fully Exclusive, Marquee Schedule". ESPN Press Room (Press release). Retrieved 2021-05-23.