Details of ESPN’s 2021 home derby, all-star game and MLB draft coverage revealed
ESPN will exclusively cover the Home Run Derby as part of the 2021 All-Star Game festivities. After moving from Atlanta, the event is likely to be a record considering it is now in the Mile High City from Denver.
The event will see the return of the alternate Statcast broadcast on ESPN2 opposite the live broadcast on the World leader in sport main channel. The Statcast telecast points out that there is a growing audience interested in baseball analysis.
ESPN will provide extensive coverage of all of the 2021 MLB All-Star festivities from July 11-13. The MLB Home Run Derby airs on Monday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Home Run Derby broadcast team will see Karl Ravech make the call along with analyst Eduardo Perez and reporters Buster Olney and Marly Rivera.
As social distancing slowly began to fade across the country, MLB relaxed its stance both in the stands and in the broadcast booth. Most of ESPN’s commentators will be in Denver for the All-Star Game. ESPN is starting to see the broadcast team return to the stadium this Sunday when Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez cover the Metro series tilt between the Yankees and the Mets.
As noted, the game’s Statcast broadcast continues to grow in popularity, and ESPN significantly supports the broadcast on ESPN2. The broadcast team will see the return of Jason Benetti, Olympic gold medalist and analyst Jessica Mendoza, and MLB Statcast analyst Mike Petriello. While there will be Statcast elements from the main broadcast, the ESPN2 Home Run Derby presentation will feature unique graphics showing real-time data such as exit speed, throw angle, and distance on each hit ball. . Benetti, Mendoza and Petriello will also host a Statcast edition of Baseball Tonight on ESPN2 starting at 7 p.m. ET.
The Home Run Derby clashes will be revealed in a special Home Run Derby Bracket Show July 7 at 10 p.m. on ESPN, following Wednesday night’s baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Marlins. Miami. The current field of Home Run Derby participants includes Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies, Pete Alonso of the New York Mets, Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels and Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles.
For the Spanish broadcast, ESPN Deportes will host the Home Run Derby with Luis Alfredo Alvarez and Orlando ‘El Duque’ Hernandez making the roll call. Guillermo Celis and Enrique Rojas will be reporting throughout the MLB All-Star event for ESPN Deportes.
MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game
Following the Home Run Derby, ESPN will exclusively broadcast the 2021 MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game at 10 p.m. ET. In a nice match, the father-son duo of Tim Kurkjian and Jeff Kurkjian will comment on the match. Celebrities and athletes expected to appear include JoJo Siwa, Kane Brown, Steve Aoki, Karamo, CC Sabathia, Jennie Finch, Larry Walker, Quavo and 2018 Celebrity Softball MVP, The Miz.
MLB Draft on ESPN
To increase visibility, the MLB moved the draft to coincide with All-Star Game weekend. ESPN will broadcast nationally the first round of the 2021 MLB Draft on Sunday, July 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Ravech will anchor coverage with ESPN MLB Insider and Draft Expert Kiley McDaniel. Analysts Perez, Peterson and Chris Burke will contribute throughout the event, with insider Jeff Passan reporting from the Bellco Theater to the Colorado Convention Center, the site of the MLB draft. Jessica Mendoza will also contribute by conducting interviews with several actors.
For streaming, all ESPN All-Star events and MLB Draft coverage will be available on the ESPN app.
Home Run Derby and All-Star Game on ESPN Radio
For the 23 season, ESPN Radio will carry the festivities. Jon “Boog” Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton will be on call for radio, with coverage starting at 7 p.m. The team will also be calling the Home Run Derby on ESPN Radio.
Calendar of events on ESPN: