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Fox, Turner and MLBN announce their talent and post season schedule; Adam Amin assigned games

Post Season plans and schedule

From MLB Network:

MLB Network today announced coverage details for its two exclusive game telecasts of the National League Division Series presented by Doosan, marking the ninth consecutive year that MLB Network will exclusively televise two Division Series games.

Matt Vasgersian, Jim Kaat, Buck Showalter and reporter Tom Verducci will be on the call for MLB Network’s telecast of NLDS Game 2 featuring the Miami Marlins against the Atlanta Braves this Wednesday, October 7 at 2:08 p.m. ET, live from Houston’s Minute Maid Park. This will mark the first-ever Postseason game telecast that Showalter has been in the booth for.

Vasgersian will then be joined by Hall of Famer John Smoltz and reporter Jon Morosi for MLB Network’s telecast of NLDS Game 3 featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers against the San Diego Padres this Thursday, October 8 at 9:08 p.m. ET, live from Globe Life Field in Arlington. 

MLB Tonight will air before and after every Postseason game, with Scott Braun, Lauren Gardner, Jon Morosi and Stephen Nelson reporting on-site in Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego and Texas. MLB Network will televise more than 200 hours of live Postseason coverage with special editions of its studio shows, including MLB Central  co-hosted by Robert Flores, Mark DeRosa and Lauren Shehadi, High Heat hosted by Christopher Russo, The Rundown, MLB Now hosted by Brian Kenny, and Intentional Talk  co-hosted by Chris Rose and Kevin Millar.

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Hall of Famer Bob Costas who called post season games last year for MLB Network won’t do so this year. Due to Covid-19, Bob has stayed close to home and didn’t do any play-by-play during the abbreviated regular season. He’ll be particularly missed for his excellent storytelling, a lost art among many of today’s newer baseball announcers.

Nonetheless, Costas has stayed busy. He is still quite visible on MLB network where he continues to host featured reports. Just last week, he memorialized Cards’ ace Bob Gibson who passed at age 84. Bob has also undertaken a contributing role with CNN.

Costas reassured me yesterday that he looks forward to returning next season to call games. At this point, he said, “there was no need to swoop in for two games.” Costas has been part of MLB Network since its launch in January, 2009.

From Turner Sports

Major League Baseball and TBS – the exclusive home of the American League Division Series presented by Utz Snacks (ALDS) and American League Championship Series presented by GEICO (ALCS) – have announced start times for the remainder of the ALDS.

Following TBS’s ALDS Game 1 doubleheader coverage on Monday, Oct. 5, beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET, the network’s Game 2 coverage on Tuesday, Oct. 6, will start with pregame studio coverage at 4 p.m., followed by the Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics at 4:30 p.m., the New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays at 8 p.m., and postgame studio coverage following New York/Tampa Bay.  The remainder of the ALDS schedule can be found in the grid below.

The Yankees/Rays series, played at Petco Park in San Diego, will be called by Brian Anderson with analyst Ron Darling and reporter Lauren Shehadi

Don Orsillo will call the Astros/A’s series, taking place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, with analyst Jeff Francoeur and reporter Matt Winer.

The network’s studio coverage throughout the ALDS and ALCS will feature a new team anchored by five-time Sports Emmy Award-winning host Ernie Johnson with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, former N.L. MVP Jimmy Rollins and three-time All-Star Curtis Granderson offering pregame and postgame analysis from Atlanta

From Fox Sports

Emmy Award winner Joe Buck and first-ballot Hall of Famer John Smoltz team for their fifth consecutive FOX MLB Postseason.

Home to the National League Division Series (NLDS)  Nationals League Championship Series (NLCS)  and its 23rd consecutive World Series, FOX Sports opens its MLB Postseason coverage Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 with the Miami Marlins vs. the Atlanta Braves from Minute Maid Park in Houston. Calling the game, Adam Amin makes his FOX MLB Postseason debut alongside World Series champion AJ Pierzynski and Emmy Award-winning reporter Tom Verducci.

St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright, a 2006 World Series champion with the Cardinals, joins the FS1 booth as an analyst for the Marlins-Braves series. Wainwright brings extraordinary experience and insight, having pitched in eight MLB Postseasons, including this season. 

Later in the day, acclaimed play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, Smoltz and Emmy Award-winning reporter Ken Rosenthal cover the action, as the San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers from Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas on FS1 at 9:30 PM ET.

Buck, calling his 23rd Fall Classic, reunites with Smoltz, Rosenthal and Verducci for the NLCS and World Series.

In the studio, pregame and postgame coverage returns the highly touted, Emmy Award-winning cast of experts and entertainers. Host Kevin Burkhardt anchors the desk of familiar faces with Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and World Series champions Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. World Series champion and two-time MLB All-Star Dontrelle Willis joins for select games throughout the MLB Postseason as a pitching analyst.

 

2020 MLB Postseason TV Schedule

Division Series

Tuesday, October 6

Time ET  Game                                      TV

2:00p       Marlins–Braves
NLDS Game 1 (Houston)                       FS1

4:30p       Astros–A’s
ALDS Game 2 (L.A.)                               TBS

8:00p       Yankees–Rays
ALDS Game 2 (San Diego)                    TBS

9:30p       Padres–Dodgers
NLDS Game 1 (Arlington)                      FS1

Wednesday, October 7

2:00p       Marlins–Braves
NLDS Game 2 (Houston)                       MLBN

3:30p       A’s–Astros
ALDS Game 3 (L.A.)                               TBS

7:00p       Rays–Yankees
ALDS Game 3 (San Diego)                    TBS

9:00p       Padres–Dodgers
NLDS Game 2 (Arlington)                      FS1

Thursday, October 8

2:00p       Braves–Marlins
NLDS Game 3 (Houston)                       FS1

3:30p       A’s–Astros
ALDS Game 4* (L.A.)                             TBS

7:00p       Rays–Yankees
ALDS Game 4* (San Diego)                   TBS

9:00p       Dodgers–Padres
NLDS Game 3 (Arlington)                      MLBN

Friday, October 9

2:00p       Braves–Marlins
NLDS Game 4* (Houston)                      FS1

3:30p       Astros–A’s
ALDS Game 5* (L.A.)                              TBS

7:00p       Yankees–Rays
ALDS Game 5* (San Diego)                   TBS

9:00p       Dodgers–Padres
NLDS Game 4* (Arlington)                     FS1

Saturday, October 10

4:00p       Marlins–Braves
NLDS Game 5* (Houston)                      FS1

8:00p       Padres–Dodgers
NLDS Game 5* (Arlington)                    FS1

League Championship Series

Sunday, October 11

tbd, ALCS Game 1
San Diego, TBS

Monday, October 12

tbd           NLCS Game 1
Arlington, Tex.                                       FS1
or FOX

tbd           ALCS Game 2
San Diego                                               TBS

Tuesday, October 13

tbd           NLCS Game 2
Arlington, Tex.                                       FS1
or FOX

tbd           ALCS Game 3
San Diego                                               TBS

Wednesday, October 14

tbd           NLCS Game 3
Arlington, Tex.                                       FS1
or FOX

tbd           ALCS Game 4
San Diego                                               TBS

Thursday, October 15

tbd           NLCS Game 4
Arlington, Tex.                                       FS1
or FOX

tbd           ALCS Game 5*
San Diego                                               TBS

Friday, October 16

tbd           NLCS Game 5*
Arlington, Tex.                                       FS1
or FOX

tbd           ALCS Game 6*
San Diego                                               TBS

Saturday, October 17

tbd           NLCS Game 6*
Arlington, Tex.                                       FS1
or FOX

tbd           ALCS Game 7*
San Diego                                               TBS

Sunday, October 18

tbd, NLCS Game 7*
Arlington, Tex., FS1
or FOX

2020 World Series TV Schedule

Tuesday, October 20

tbd-World Series Game 1
Arlington, Tex.-FOX

Wednesday, October 21

tbd           World Series Game 2*
Arlington, Tex.                                       FOX

Friday, October 23

tbd           World Series Game 3*
Arlington, Tex.                                       FOX

Saturday, October 24

tbd           World Series Game 4*
Arlington, Tex.                                       FOX

Sunday, October 25

tbd           World Series Game 5*
Arlington, Tex.                                       FOX

Tuesday, October 27

tbd           World Series Game 6*
Arlington, Tex.                                       FOX

Wednesday, October 28

tbd           World Series Game 7*
Arlington, Tex.                                       FOX

 

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David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History.

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Michael Green
15 days ago

Great roundup, as always! I could be wrong, but by my count, this year, Joe Buck passes Vin Scully for the most World Series by an English language announcer–I think Vin did 22 (1953, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1979-82, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990-93, 1995-97). I read somewhere that Felo Ramirez did more than 30 for Spanish language radio. Wow! It was nice to see Joe Buck get the Rozelle Award, though I really think Brent Musburger, Howard Cosell, and Bill King should have been ahead of him (I think he’d say the same). I guess Buck will… Read more »