ESPN released it’s schedule of upcoming televised games for the 2014 season. And for the first time in recent memory, the Mariners will have a game televised by the four-letter.
The 2014 season opener on Monday, March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim will be broadcast on ESPN 2. The game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The signing of Robinson Cano may have a little – okay a lot – to do with that.
The first question that came to mind: “When was the last time the Mariners had one of the their game broadcast on ESPN?” I know it hasn’t happened since I started covering the team on a consistent basis in 2007. The Mariners media relations staff is actually checking into it. So hopefully we’ll have an answer soon.
From ESPN: The Mariners were on Wednesday night baseball twice in 2011 – Sept. 7 vs. the Angels and Sept. 14 vs. the Yankees.
So I guess it hasn’t been that long.
Of course, the Cano effect only goes so far. Going through the list of scheduled possibilities for the remainder of ESPN’s telecasts for Sunday, Monday and Wednesday night baseball, it doesn’t appear that the Mariners will be on again.