Another summer has come and gone and with fall comes the baseball postseason begins officially today. A slight difference this year with “Canada’s team” the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoffs for the first time in a couple decades.
While we can all be thankful that Sportsnet isn’t allowed to produce their own broadcast of the game, viewers can still get their dose of Buck, Tabby and Zaun awfulness. For today’s game one at the Rogers Centre, Sportsnet will will have a 90-minute pre-game show beginning at 2pm ET on the Sportsnet regional channels. Jamie Campbell and Gregg Zaun will host with Zaun’s hockey equivalent Don Cherry making an appearance. Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler will join the panel and Shi Davidi, Barry Davis and Hazel Mae will also be in attendance. There will be a one-hour pre-game for additional Jays games. For those listening on the the Sportsnet/Blue Jays Radio Network, Jerry Howarth, Joe Siddall and Mike Wilner with cover all Jays postseason games.
For game one and three, Fox Sports will be covering the game with Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci, Harold Reynolds and Ken Rosenthal calling the action. The second game will be produced by MLB Network and will have the great Bob Costas along with Jim Kaat, Harold Reynolds, and Ken Rosenthal.
Note that, like last year, there will be a game (Royals-Astros game 3) exclusive to MLB Network and not broadcast on Sportsnet. MLB Network is available only to Rogers subscribers despite being available for two years now. Hard to say whether MLB is charging too much for carriers to pick it up or carriers don’t think it is worth it.
Full LDS schedule is below. All times are eastern and times/networks subject to change.