Dodgers With Three Sunday Night ESPN Games


The Dodgers will be on national TV at least three times early on.

It’s not the Dodger news fans have really been hoping for, as they have been suspiciously quiet/unlucky this offseason.

It’s not even the Dodger TV news fans have been hoping for, as most of the greater LA area is still extremely limited in ability to watch the Dodgers on a nightly basis. This has also been a suspiciously quiet subject in Dodgerland and has been driving fans crazy.

At the very least, Dodger fans will be able to watch their team on three different Sunday nights in the first half of the season, as ESPN announced their first-half Sunday Night Baseball schedule.

Unfortunately, barring a complete change, none of these games will feature Vin Scully, who will be entering his 67th and final season of his illustrious career. They also won’t feature 27-year-old Joe Davis, who was hired to call 50 road games next season, and who many see as Scully’s heir apparent.

Sep 17, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; ESPN reporter Jessica Mendoza during the MLB game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’ll be interesting to see whether Curt Schilling will be in the booth for these games, as he hasn’t tweeted any dumb stuff in a while. He was removed from the booth last August after tweeting about the staggering math when comparing Muslims and Nazis. Many, including myself, appreciated the upgrade in the booth when Jessica Mendoza became the first female analyst to call a baseball game in ESPN history. The Dodgers did get no-hit in her first game in the Dodgers’ booth, but hearing her call the game instead of Schilling made it a tad more bearable.

So far, ESPN has announced their first 11 Sunday Night Baseball games, and three will involve the Dodgers. Only one will be at Dodger Stadium (April 17 against San Francisco), so we only have to hear about the shadows once early on. ESPN2 will show the May 29th game against the Mets, and their June 12th game in San Francisco will be the second leg of a doubleheader. None of these games will be shown on Sportsnet LA, and none of them will be blacked out in LA.

The Dodgers’ three Sunday Night games are second only to the Yankees and Red Sox, who are each on four ESPN games (three of which are against each other). The Giants also play three times on Sunday night (twice against the Dodgers), and Arizona has one Sunday night game (against the Giants).

While it’s not on a Sunday Night, the Dodgers will also open the season in San Diego on ESPN (Monday, April 4th). This game will also be shown on Sportsnet LA, but it will not be blacked out in local markets for those of us that don’t have that channel.