ESPN to televise games from MLB The Show 20 Players League
|Thursday, April 23, 2020, 6:12 PM-|
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
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.