For those hoping that Harold Reynolds would be confined to the studio at MLB Network and wouldn’t be re-entering the broadcast booth, I’ve got some bad news. Reynolds will be reprising his role as a color commentator in April for an MLB Network Showcase game between the Giants and Dodgers on April 15th, teaming with Bob Costas, his former Fox broadcast partner Tom Verducci, and Sam Ryan.
That Giants-Dodgers game is one of five MLB Network Showcase games in April, though the only one involving Reynolds. Costas will be the play by play commentator for all five games, joined in the booth by Jim Kaat for three games and John Smoltz for one. Verducci will serve as the reporter for another two games, while Ryan will also be the reporter for two more games.
Here’s the full schedule.
April 8th: Red Sox vs Blue Jays (Costas, Kaat, Verducci)
April 15th: Giants vs Dodgers (Costas, Reynolds, Verducci, Ryan)
April 19th: Cubs vs Cardinals (Costas, Smoltz, Verducci)
April 29th: Yankees vs Red Sox (Costas, Kaat, Ryan)
April 30th: Yankees vs Red Sox (Costas, Kaat, Ryan)
Yes, the first two Yankees-Red Sox games this season will air on MLB Network. The third one airs on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. The two teams play again the next weekend, and Fox is somehow holding out on airing the Saturday game – but ESPN will feature the two teams on Sunday Night Baseball for the second straight week.
All in all, MLB Network will be airing 40 live games in April, which includes games on 20 straight days (April 5th-24th). The Red Sox will grace the network’s airwaves nine times over the month, while the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Astros (Astros??) are each on eight times. The Cardinals and Tigers each show up seven times, and no other team will be on more than six times. All of the 30 teams will be aired multiple times over the course of the month. You can check out the full schedule here.