The 2012 baseball season is here and, not counting regional sports networks, there will be plenty of baseball to see this season.
Never before will there be more national telecasts spanning over four networks, three cable and one broadcast.
Here is a list of the games set to be telecast. It should be noted that all the networks will be tweaking their schedules, so it is subject to change.
There will be one national game being aired every night of the week throughout the entire season.
ESPN will offer Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball, starting with opening day and going to the last week of the season. The network has the option to add some additional games later in the season.
MLB Network will offer games at least four nights a week with their signature broadcast being Thursday Night Baseball. They will offer games Tuesday nights, the aforementioned Thursday nights, Friday and Saturday nights. Again they get started this week and their coverage will extend to the final week of the regular season.
TBS will be home to The Sunday Afternoon Game of the Week with a full complement of 26 weeks of coverage, starting this week. TBS will also be home to both the National and American League Divisional Series, as well as the American League Championship Series.
FOX will offer a complete slate of their Saturday Game Week. This year the network will feature eight consecutive weeks of prime-time telecast’s later in the season. They are, of course, the home to the All-Star Game as well as the National League Championship Series and the World Series.
One important change you will witness this year will be the closer relationship between FOX and the MLB Network. Every Saturday, the FOX Pregame Show will be expanded to a half hour and it will be produced live from the MLB Network studios.
The host will be Matt Vasgersian and the analysts will be a rotation of MLB Network’s studio analysts, including Harold Reynolds, Mitch Williams, Eric Byrnes and Kevin Millar.