ESPN to Exclusively Televise Premiere Games from First-Ever MLB The Show 20 Players League Starting April 23

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ESPN to Exclusively Televise Premiere Games from First-Ever MLB The Show 20 Players League Starting April 23

Inaugural Event Culminates with MLB The Show 20 Championship Series May 3 on ESPN

  • Players-Only League Includes Five World Series Champions and 11 Former MLB All-Stars

ESPN today, in conjunction with MLB and the MLBPA, announced it will exclusively televise premiere games from the inaugural MLB The Show 20 Players League, beginning tonight, April 23 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The most significant games from the MLB players-only tournament will air on ESPN platforms across five dates, culminating with the best-of-five MLB The Show 20 Players League Championship Series on Sunday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET. All MLB The Show 20 Players League telecasts on ESPN and ESPN2 will also be available to stream via the ESPN App.

MLB The Show 20 Players League schedule

Date Time (ET) Telecast Platform(s)
Thu, Apr 23 7-8 p.m. MLB® The Show™20 Players League Playoffs ESPN2 / ESPN App
Sat, Apr 25 3-4 p.m. MLB® The Show™20 Players League Playoffs ESPN2 / ESPN App
Wed, Apr 29 10-11 p.m. MLB® The Show™20 Players League Playoffs ESPN2 / ESPN App
Sat, May 2 3-7:30 p.m. MLB® The Show™20 Players League Quarterfinals and Semifinals ESPN2 / ESPN App
Sun, May 3 2:30-5 p.m. MLB® The Show™20 Players League

Championship Series

ESPN / ESPN App

 

The MLB The Show 20 Players League participants include five World Series Champions, 11 former MLB All-Stars and eight MLB players 25 years old or younger. Each participant plays in a round-robin format (i.e., playing every team one time) throughout the event for a total of 29 regular season, three-inning games. Following this regular season, the top eight teams will advance to the Postseason, which will largely mirror the MLB Postseason format and culminate in the best-of-five Championship Series on May 3.

MLB The Show 20 Players League participants:

Arizona Diamondbacks Jon Duplantier
Atlanta Braves Luke Jackson
Baltimore Orioles Dwight Smith Jr.
Boston Red Sox Eduardo Rodriguez
Chicago Cubs Ian Happ
Chicago White Sox Lucas Giolito
Cincinnati Reds Amir Garrett
Cleveland Indians Carlos Santana
Colorado Rockies David Dahl
Detroit Tigers Niko Goodrum
Houston Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
Kansas City Royals Brett Phillips
Los Angeles Angels Ty Buttrey
Los Angeles Dodgers Gavin Lux
Miami Marlins Ryne Stanek
Milwaukee Brewers Josh Hader
Minnesota Twins Trevor May
New York Mets Jeff McNeil
New York Yankees Tommy Kahnle
Oakland Athletics Jesús Luzardo
Philadelphia Phillies Rhys Hoskins
Pittsburgh Pirates Cole Tucker
San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence
Seattle Mariners Carl Edwards Jr.
St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter
Tampa Bay Rays Blake Snell
Texas Rangers Joey Gallo
Toronto Blue Jays Bo Bichette
Washington Nationals Juan Soto

 

Matt Vasgersian, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball play-by-play commentator, serves as one of the voices of MLB The Show 20 and will be featured during the MLB The Show 20 Players League action. Additional voices include MLB Network’s Mark DeRosa, Dan Plesac, Heidi Watney and Robert Flores.

As part of the MLB The Show 20 Players League, MLB, MLBPA and Sony Interactive Entertainment committed $175,000 To Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.

ESPN will televise the MLB The Show 20 Players League as it continues its commitment to bring the sports community together through its #oneteam initiative.

About Esports at ESPN

ESPN has a long history of delivering live programming, coverage and content to esports fans. It televised and streamed the Overwatch League playoffs and Grand Finals alongside Disney XD in addition to televising the EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18 Championship Series with Disney XD. In 2019, ESPN Events hosted the first-ever Collegiate Esports Championship at Comicpalooza in Houston and also put on two owned and operated events featuring EA’s Apex Legends in conjunction with The ESPYS and X Games Minneapolis 2019. The network also delivered the Street Fighter V World Championship and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U from Evo 2017, as well as hosted the X Games Rocket League Invitational from X Games Minneapolis 2017, and the FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series across ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3. In 2016, ESPN2 aired the Capcom Cup 2016 Street Fighter V Final in December, the Street Fighter V World Championship in July, and the Madden NFL 16 Championship from EA Play in June. In addition, ESPN X Games teamed up with Xbox to bring Halo 5: Guardians to X Games Aspen 2016, as part of the Halo World Championship Tour.

 

Since 2016, ESPN.com has also delivered year-round coverage through a dedicated esports vertical featuring some of the most voices in esports. Previously, ESPN3 carried live coverage of BlizzCon and The International Dota 2 Championships in 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2014 League of Legends tournament. The network also previously delivered exclusive live coverage of Heroes of the Dorm in 2015 and 2016, with the final airing live on ESPN2, and the 2015 tournament being the first ever live, televised coverage of a collegiate esports event for ESPN.

 

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Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at [email protected] | Katie Hughes at [email protected].

 

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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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