Last month, Apple and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced “Friday Night Baseball,” a weekly doubleheader with live pre and postgame shows exclusively for Apple TV+ subscribers, and today, Apple has shared its lineup of broadcasters and production details.
Set to kick off tomorrow, April 8 in Canada and globally, Friday Night Baseball will offer fans games and additional content, including new exclusive programs such as “Countdown to First Pitch” and “MLB Daily Recap,” beginning today in the Apple TV app.
The broadcast team of Melanie Newman (play-by-play), Chris Young (analyst), Hannah Keyser (analyst), and Brooke Fletcher (reporter) will call the New York Mets at the Washington Nationals at 7 p.m. ET tomorrow, whereas Stephen Nelson (play-by-play), Hunter Pence (analyst), Katie Nolan (analyst), and Heidi Watney (reporter) will call the Houston Astros at the Los Angeles Angels game at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Game assignments for Friday Night Baseball broadcasters will be announced on a weekly basis. In her new role with Friday Night Baseball, Newman becomes the second woman to lead play-by-play duties for a national broadcast team; she joined the Baltimore Orioles’ broadcast team in 2020.
In addition to two marquee games on Friday nights throughout the regular season, fans in the US and Canada will be able to enjoy new 24/7 live programming with MLB game replays, news and analysis, highlights, classic games, and more.