MLB Baseball 2017 Preview
This will be the fourth year of the current eight-year deals with Fox Sports, and ESPN and TBS. Fox will air eight weeks of baseball on Saturday Night leading up to the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game which will also air on Fox. Fox will then televise Saturday afternoon games for the last four weeks of the regular season. Fox Sports 1 will televise games on Tuesday nights and on Saturdays both during the afternoon and night. ESPN will televise games on its flagship telecast Sunday Night Baseball, as well as Monday and Wednesday nights. TBS will televise Sunday afternoon games for the last 13 weeks of the regular season. Fox and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts will be exclusive; all other national telecasts will be subject to local blackout.
TBS will televise the National League Wild Card Game, Division Series, and Championship Series. ESPN will televise the American League Wild Card, Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network will televise the American League Division Series, and Fox and Fox Sports 1 will televise the American League Championship Series. The World Series will air exclusively on Fox for the 18th consecutive year.
This will be the Atlanta Braves first season at SunTrust Park in Cumberland, Georgia. It succeeds Turner Field as the Braves home ballpark. The first game at SunTrust Park will be on April 14, 2017 against the San Diego Padres.
There were plans to host some games at Olympic Stadium in London, England during the season but the plans were dropped after a lack of time for negotiations.
As has been the case since 2013, all teams will play their four division opponents 19 times each for a total of 76 games. They will play six or seven games against each of the other 10 same-league opponents for a total of 66 games, and 20 interleague games. The primary interleague matchups are AL East vs. NL Central, AL Central vs. NL West, and AL West vs. NL East. Teams will also play four games against a designated interleague rival.
The 88th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held on July 11 at Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins. For the first time since 2002, the All Star Game will not determine home field advantage for the World Series. Instead, home field advantage will be awarded to the team with the better regular season record. The 2017 World Series is set to begin October 24 and a potential game 7 is scheduled for November 1.
The 2017 Major League Baseball draft will begin on June 12.