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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 11:50

ESPNESPN will televise nine Spring Training games – all available in high definition – beginning with the Atlanta Braves hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Feb. 29, at 1 p.m. ET. The game, held at the Wide World of Sports Complex during ESPN The Weekend Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, will mark the national TV debut of new Los Angeles manager Joe Torre along with Dodgers center fielder Andruw Jones facing his former team. Play-by-play commentator Gary Thorne will be joined by analysts John Kruk and Steve Phillips. Additionally, baseball insider Peter Gammons will contribute reports during the telecast.

Baseball Tonight Returns March 18

ESPN’s Baseball Tonight – the only nightly national studio show devoted solely to MLB highlights and news – will return Tuesday, March 18 with a one-hour special at 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2). Baseball Tonight is generally televised Monday through Saturday at 10 p.m. and midnight (9 p.m. PT) and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Karl Ravech, entering his 14th season hosting the show, will be joined by a deep roster of analysts/insiders including Orestes Destrade, Peter Gammons, Orel Hershiser, John Kruk, Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney, Eduardo Perez, Fernando Vina and Eric Young. Steve Berthiaume will also serve as host.

Urban Invitational Baseball Tournament

ESPN2 will present the inaugural Urban Invitational Baseball Tournament including two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) – Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Southern university (Baton Rouge, La.) – competing against the collegiate teams of UCLA and USC on Saturday, March 1. Hosted by the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., the event will feature Bethune-Cookman University meeting UCLA at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT), followed by Southern University facing USC at 11 p.m. (8 p.m. PT). Gary Thorne will call both games with special guest analyst Brian Jordan (former MLB All-Star and NFL All-Pro).
Guests scheduled to be interviewed in the booth during the Urban Invitational telecasts include: MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLB Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, MLB Vice President of Rules and On-Field Operations Bob Watson, 17-year MLB veterans Eric Davis and Reggie Smith, and five-year MLB veteran and current Senior Director of the MLB Urban Youth Academy Darrell Miller. During the games, discussion will focus on the decrease of African Americans playing baseball and recent steps taken to reverse the trend.

Civil Rights Game

ESPN and ESPN HD will televise Major League Baseball’s second annual Civil Rights Game, Saturday, March 29, at 5 p.m. from Memphis, the location of the National Civil Rights Museum. The game pays tribute to civil rights pioneers on and off the field. Additional telecast details will be forthcoming.

Following is the complete ESPN Spring Training schedule with commentator assignments:

Select Read More to see ESPN's Spring Training schedule

 DateTime
(ET)
Teams/Commentators Network 
 Fri., Feb. 29 1 p.m.L.A. Dodgers vs. Atlanta
from Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Gary Thorne, John Kruk,
Steve Phillips,
Peter Gammons (guest insider)
ESPN,
ESPN HD
 Wed., March 5 1 p.m.Minnesota vs. N.Y.Yankees
from Tampa, Fla.

Thorne, Rick Sutcliffe
ESPN,
ESPN HD
 Thu., March 6 1 p.m.L.A. Dodgers vs. Boston
from Ft. Myers, Fla.

Sean McDonough, Phillips,
Gammons (guest insider)
ESPN,
ESPN HD
 Fri., March 7 1 p.m.N.Y. Mets vs. Cleveland
from Winter Haven, Fla.
Karl Ravech, Rick Sutcliffe
ESPN,
ESPN HD
 Tue., March 18 1 p.m.Washington vs. Detroit
from Lakeland, Fla.

Dan Shulman, Phillips,
Orel Hershiser, Gammons
(guest insider)
ESPN,
ESPN HD

 Wed., March 19 12 p.m.Toronto vs. Boston
from Ft. Myers, Fla.

Jon Sciambi, Phillips
ESPN,
ESPN HD
 Thu., March 20 1 p.m.N.Y. Yankees vs. Toronto
from Dunedin, Fla.

McDonough, Orestes Destrade,
Candy Maldonado, Gammons
(guest insider)
ESPN,
ESPN HD
 Fri., March 214 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Colorado
from Tucson, Ariz.

Dave O’Brien, Hershiser
ESPN2,
ESPN2 HD
 Thu., March 27 1 p.m.N.Y. Mets vs. Atlanta
from Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

O’Brien, Phillips
ESPN,
ESPN HD

Source: ESPN


Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is also an author for Baseball Prospectus, Basketball Prospectus and is an available as a freelance writer.

Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network

 
 
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