ESPN Touches All Bases For All-Star Game T-Mobile Home Run Derby Coverage
By Barry Janoff
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 06:15PM
The All-Star Game itself may be the big star during MLB’s All-Star Week, but the T-Mobile Home Run Derby
attracts its own bright lights and excitement, and ESPN is treating the event like the star it is. The 2018 exclusive broadcast of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on ESPN, July 16 from Nationals Park in D.C.
, will get a plethora of fan-friendly coverage, beginning on-site at 3 PM (ET) that afternoon.
“The annual event is one of ESPN’s signature telecasts of the summer, and this year it will include more coverage than ever,” according to ESPN. T-Mobile, an official MLB partner since 2013, became presenting sponsor for the Home Run Derby in with a three-year deal in 2016.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy said on the club’s radio station that he would participate in the Home Run Derby. Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who has been voted a starter on the National League roster, is currently the only other confirmed participant in the 2018 Home Run Derby. However, official participants and brackets will not be known until a special ESPN telecast, the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Show, immediately following Wednesday Night Baseball with Texas Rangers at the Boston Red Sox on July 11 (approximately 10 PM ET).
Editor's Note: The 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Participants are scheduled to be:
1. Jesus Aguilar Milwaukee Brewers
2. Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
3. Max Muncy Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Alex Bregman Houston Astros
5. Kyle Schwarzer Chicago Cubs
6. Javier Baez Chicago Cubs
7. Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
8. Rhys Hoskins Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees was crowned last year's T-Mobile Home Run Derby champion in Marlins Park in Miami, and the year before Giancarlo Stanton, now with the Yankees but then with the Miami Marlins, won the event. Both have decided to pass on the 2018 competition.
ESPN and T-Mobile have been touting the event with a spot featuring the Nationals' Racing Presidents mascots.
As part of what ESPN called "exclusive, cross-platform coverage," a bevy of new technology will be employed to bring the event to fans. ESPN said 4D replay would be used to “provide viewers with 360-degree replays of the participants and their swings”; and “new 3D spray charts that will show paths and arcs of home runs.” In addition, an on-screen scoreboard will feature a new “pace tracker” with a “sliding scale of projected home run totals for each hitter in the bracket and whether the hitter’s total is ahead or behind his opponent.”
Karl Ravech will return for his second year as lead announcer for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, joined by analysts Mark Teixeira, Jessica Mendoza and Buster Olney.
ESPNEWS will televise a “first-of-its-kind alternative viewing experience” for this event, with on-screen graphics, data and information from Statcast. The ESPNEWS telecast will also feature its own commentator team, including play-by-play voice Jason Benetti and analyst Eduardo Perez, according to ESPN.
ESPN Radio will have the national radio broadcast as Jon “Boog” Sciambi describeing the action with analysts Chris Singleton, Marc Kestecher and Tim Kurkjian.
All ESPN and ESPN2 Home Run Derby day telecasts will stream via the ESPN App. Audio from the ESPN Radio broadcast will also be available on the ESPN App.
Among other T-Mobile Home Run Derby coverage on ESPN:
• Baseball Tonight: Home Run Derby – Around the Cage
will include live footage of batting practice and on-site interviews with participants.
• Pardon The Interruption
commentators Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser will talk about the Derby.
• MLB Intentional Talk
will be on site with hosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar.
• SportsCenter guest hosts Keith Olbermann and Karl Ravech will preview the T-Mobile Home Run Derby and the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.
• The Home Run Derby Preview Show leads into the T-Mobile Home Run Derby telecast. Adnan Virk will join analysts David Ross, Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez for commentary.http://nysportsjournalism.squarespace.c ... -bases-79/