Although ESPN won't be televising as many games as they have in the past, there is news regarding "Sunday Night Baseball" for the upcoming season.
According to the New York Post's Andrew Marchand, ESPN will have a new crew calling the network's exclusive "SNB" broadcast for the upcoming season. With Matt Vasgersian no longer in the play by play seat, ESPN has moved "Baseball Tonight" host Karl Ravech into that seat.
Ravech, an ESPN veteran since 1993, is no stranger to calling MLB for the "Worldwide Leader". He's called play by play for games that have aired on Monday & Wednesday nights in recent years. Ravech is also the lead voice for 3 other baseball events that air on ESPN's family of networks, the annual College World Series in Omaha, the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA & the annual Home Run Derby the Monday night before the MLB All-Star Game.
The bigger story is that Alex Rodriguez will NOT be the lead analyst anymore. ESPN will shift Rodriguez to a "ManningCast"-like role similar to what the network has done this NFL season with Peyton & Eli Manning for selected games on ESPN2. He'll be calling the alternate broadcast with longtime New York Yankees' TV voice & ESPN Radio NY host Michael Kay.
Another former Yankee player and one of Kay's many analysts on YES Network's coverage of the "Bronx Bombers", former MLB pitcher David Cone, as well as Ravech's analyst in Eduardo Perez will serve as co-analysts in the "SNB" booth. It's unclear right now about dugout reporter Buster Olney's status on the broadcast. Olney has been the dugout reporter for the last 11 years.
ESPN Radio's own "SNB" broadcast will also get tweaked. Jon "Boog" Sciambi, who replaced Len Kasper as the Cubs' principal TV voice on Marquee Sports Network this past season, will be back in the radio booth for his 13th season. "Boog" will have a new partner and fellow Marquee/ESPN teammate Doug Glanville replacing onetime former White Sox CF Chris Singleton as new analyst for the network's national radio broadcast this upcoming season.
That is...If the MLB labor situation allows.