It’s a great time to be a fan of Major League Baseball.
The game is oozing with young talent, the added Wild Card berth has made division titles even more important and fans can follow their favorite teams and players like never before.
(Opening day has passed, but there’s still plenty of baseball to be enjoyed! Be sure to read on below …)
The season starts Sunday with ESPN airing an Opening Day triple-header on its family of networks. St. Louis plays at Pittsburgh at 10 a.m. on ESPN (channel 21 SD and 621 HD), Toronto is at Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. on ESPN 2 (22/622), and in a rematch of the 2015 World Series, Kansas City hosts the New York Mets at 5:37 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN, which is in the middle of an eight-year, $5.6 billion contract with MLB, will air up to 90 regular season games this year, including its nationally exclusive Sunday Night Baseball telecast.
Fans of the Seattle Mariners can find the bulk their team’s games on ROOT Sports, which BendBroadband customers can find on channel 20 / 620 HD. In addition to airing more than 150 games this season, ROOT Sports is the home to the Mariners’ pregame and postgame shows.
Not a Mariners fan? Not a problem.
Now in its 14th season, MLB.TV Premium offers home and away broadcasts for all 2,430 regular season games for just $109.99 a year or $24.99 a month. Watch games on your phone, tablet, smart TV and/or computer.
Have no interest in watching anyone other than your team? Check out baseball’s new MLB.TV Single Team option for $84.99 a year. (Note: There are several restrictions regarding MLB.TV and local blackouts.)
If you’re not ready to commit to a full season of television broadcasts but still want to follow your favorite club, check out MLB’s At Bat app. For only $19.99, subscribers can listen to the radio broadcast — home or away announcers — of every regular season and postseason game all season long.
Other great resources for enjoying the 2016 MLB season include the MLB Network (on channel 43 / 643 HD for BendBroadband customers), writer Jonah Keri’s website and apparel maker Ebbets Field Flannels (trust me).