2016 MLB T-Mobile Home Run Derby Exclusively on ESPN


2016 MLB T-Mobile Home Run Derby Exclusively on ESPN

  • Eight Commentators Combine for T-Mobile Home Run Derby Telecast Coverage
  • Sunday Night Baseball’s Jessica Mendoza & Aaron Boone Join Chris Berman for New Main Set
  • Mendoza Becomes First Female Analyst for Home Run Derby; Baseball Tonight Team to be Integrated into Derby Telecast from Second Set
  • 87th MLB All-Star Game Presented by MasterCard on ESPN Radio, All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on ESPN

The 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby will air Monday, July 11, at 8 p.m. ET exclusively on ESPN from Petco Park – home of the San Diego Padres. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby will also be available on WatchESPN, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes. It is part of ESPN’s multi-platform coverage of MLB All-Star.

Eight commentators will combine for ESPN’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby coverage, led by a new main set on the field, featuring Sunday Night Baseball analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone. The Sunday duo will join veteran Home Run Derby voice Chris Berman. Mendoza continues to break new sports media ground, as she will become the first female analyst for a Home Run Derby telecast.

The Baseball Tonight presented by T-Mobile team – Karl Ravech, Dallas Braden, Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez – will contribute commentary from a second set inside the stadium.  Pedro Gomez, who will serve as a sideline reporter, will round out the team. ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney will contribute to Baseball Tonight pre-game shows.

ESPN will utilize several productions methods designed to capture unique vantage points during the event, including the use of a Phantom 4K ultra-high-speed camera (as used on Sunday Night Baseball), and the 360-degree replay technology from Intel. ESPN will also deploy five robotic cameras, including a Super Slo-Mo placed in front of the hitter.

Jon Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton will describe the Home Run Derby action for ESPN Radio. The duo will be joined by reporter Peter Pascarelli and studio host Marc Kestecher.

Additionally, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air two on-site editions of Baseball Tonight presented by T-Mobile leading into the Home Run Derby, at 5 p.m. (ESPN2) and 7 p.m. (ESPN). During the 7 p.m. show, Baseball Tonight will televise a special musical performance by Grammy Award-winning recording artists Fall Out Boy.  SportsCenter, hosted by Lindsay Czarniak, will air in-between Baseball Tonight 6-7 p.m. from a set inside of Petco Park.

ESPN’s July 11 Home Run Derby schedule

Time (ET) Telecast Platform (s)
5 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by T-Mobile ESPN2, WatchESPN
6 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN, WatchESPN
7 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by T-Mobile ESPN, WatchESPN
8 p.m. T-Mobile Home Run Derby ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes
Immediately following the Home Run Derby All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game ESPN, WatchESPN

MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on ESPN Radio

ESPN Radio will serve as the national radio home of the 87th MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard – National League All-Stars hosting the American League All-Stars – on Tuesday, July 12, at 8 p.m. Jon Sciambi will handle play-by-play duties for the All-Star Game. He’ll be joined by analyst Chris Singleton, reporters Peter Pascarelli and Tim Kurkjian and studio host Marc Kestecher. ESPN Deportes Radio will also carry the game. SportsCenter with Lindsay Czarniak will be on site at 6 p.m. leading into the game, in addition to hourly updates throughout the day from various ESPN MLB commentators.

ESPN international platforms across Latin America, South America (including Brazil), Central America, Mexico the Caribbean and the Pac-Rim will also televise events throughout MLB All-Star 2016, including the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, the MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and the Sirius/XM Futures Game.

The 2016 All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game will air on ESPN, Monday, July 11, immediately following the T-Mobile Home Run Derby telecast. Expected participants include:

  • Jamie Foxx – Academy Award winner for his portrayal of Ray Charles and two-time Grammy Award winner
  • Andy Cohen – Emmy Award-winning host, producer and author best known as the host and executive producer of “Watch What Happens Live,” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show
  • Mark Consuelos – Actor, producer and star of this fall’s Fox series Pitch
  • Terry Crews – Star of Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Kyle Mooney – Native San Diegan and current cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live
  • Omar Miller – Star of HBO’s Ballers and the upcoming thriller Above Suspicion and host of sports podcast O-Zone
  • Cameron Boyce – Actor in Disney Channel’s Jessie, Descendants and the upcoming Descendants 2; also Disney XD’s Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything
  • Karan Brar – Actor in Disney Channel’s Jessie and Bunk’ed
  • Peyton Meyer – Star of Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World
  • Raini Rodriguez – Multi-talented actor, singer and director “Trish” of Disney’s Austin & Ally
  • Rico Rodriguez – Known as “Manny Delgado” from the multi-Emmy award winning show Modern Family
  • Drew Brees – 2009 Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and former member of the San Diego Chargers
  • Jennie Finch – Olympic Gold medalist in softball
  • Morris Chestnut – TV and movie actor; currently starring in Fox’s hit show Rosewood
  • Damaris Lewis – Three-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, host and muse/main dancer for the late musical legend, Prince
  • Tim Foreman – Bass player and co-founder of the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning rock band SWITCHFOOT
  • Andre Dawson – Hall of Famer and eight-time All-Star
  • Rickey Henderson – Hall of Famer, 10-time All-Star and former Padres outfielder
  • Fred Lynn – Former Padres outfielder, nine-time All-Star and 1975 American League MVP and Rookie of the Year
  • David Wells – Former Padres pitcher and three-time All-Star
  • Billy Bean – Former Padres outfielder, currently MLB VP, Social Responsibility & Inclusion
  • Curtis Pride – Former Major Leaguer who played in more games (421) than any deaf player, currently MLB Ambassador for Inclusion


These participants will join previously announced personalities including:

  • Nina AgdalSports Illustrated swimsuit model & first-ever female MLB ambassador for New Era Cap
  • K. Simmons – Academy Award-winning actor
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar – Star of this fall’s FOX series Pitch
  • Pete Wentz – Bassist of Grammy-nominated rock group Fall Out Boy
  • Sterling K. Brown – Actor from The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and NBC’s highly-anticipated fall dramedy This Is Us
  • Tyler Hoechlin – Star of Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed film Everybody Wants Some and the forthcoming third installment of Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Landon Donovan – Soccer legend and all-time leading goal scorer for the LA Galaxy, MLS and the U.S. National Team
  • Trevor Hoffman – Seven-time All-Star and 2016 MLB All-Star spokesperson
  • Ozzie Smith – Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star
  • Rollie Fingers – Hall of Famer and seven-time All-Star
  • Tim Raines – Seven-time All-Star

Additionally, Wounded Warrior Softball Team players Sargent Martin Diaz and Sargent Chris Gary will join the rosters. For more information, please visit Legends & Celebrity Softball site.


Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected]. On twitter: @Ben_ESPN;

Michael Skarka at 860-766-1342 or [email protected]. On twitter: @Michael_ESPN.


Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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