NEW YORK, NY – Next Tuesday, FOX Sports steps up to the plate to broadcast the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, its 20th overall. With support across FS1, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Deportes, FOXSports.com, the FOX Sports App and FOX Sports Radio, the network highlights the best of Major League Baseball in its contest for league supremacy.
All-stars from the American and National Leagues face off in the 2018 Mid-Summer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, July 17 with pregame coverage beginning at 7:00 PM ET on FS1 and continuing on the FOX broadcast network at 7:30 PM ET.
The MLB All-Star Game will be called by Hall of Famer and eight-time All-Star John Smoltz, along with seven-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck. This year’s game marks Smoltz’s third, while Buck has been on the call since the contest debuted on FOX in 1997. Two-time Emmy Award-winning FOX MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal and three-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Tom Verducci round out the broadcast crew, providing in-game reports from the dugouts.
“Big Papi,” David Ortiz, is back with FOX Sports and makes his 2018 All-Star debut as a studio analyst alongside first-ballot Hall of Famer and five-time All-Star Frank Thomas, World Series Champion and three-time American League MVP Alex Rodriguez and Emmy-nominated host Kevin Burkhardt.
Coverage of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game begins Monday, July 16 at 6:30 AM ET on FS1 with FIRST THINGS FIRST live from the ballpark, hosted by Cris Carter, Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe. Beginning at 3:00 PM ET Monday, FS1 recaps the first half of the season with MLB ALL-STAR PREVIEW SHOW, a two-hour program featuring highlights of 2018’s best baseball moments and live All-Star player interviews during media day.
FIRST THINGS FIRST returns to Nationals Park on Tuesday at 6:30 AM ET to get things started before baseball’s biggest event of the of the summer. Burkhardt, Rodriguez, Ortiz and Thomas gear up at 7:00 PM ET on FS1 to preview the game before switching to the FOX broadcast network for additional pregame coverage from the studio crew at 7:30 PM ET.
FOX Sports’ Pete Macheska produces the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, and Matt Gangl handles directing duties. Pregame coverage is produced by Bardia Shah-Rais and Jonathan Kaplan and directed by David Faller. Judy Boyd is Senior Vice President, FOX Sports Production. Kent Camera is Senior Vice President, FOX Sports Productions. John Entz is President, FOX Sports Production & Executive Producer. Mark Silverman is President, FOX Sports National Networks. Eric Shanks is President, COO and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.
Additional FOX Sports Multi-Platform Coverage:
FOX Sports App
The FOX Sports App and FOXSports.com features two separate live streams of this year’s All-Star Game: The FOX Sports telecast in English and the FOX Deportes telecast in Spanish. The FOX Sports App can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming is also now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV.
FOX Deportes’ MLB All-Star Game presentation begins Tuesday, July 17, with a special one-hour pregame show at 7:00 PM ET leading into the game telecast at 8:00 PM ET. Former Major League Baseball player Edgar Gonzalez joins FOX Deportes as game analyst for the Mid-Summer Classic, with Ronaldo Nichols serving as the play-by-play announcer. Carlos Alvarez will be the game reporter.
FOX Sports Social/Digital
The FOX Sports social team and FOX Sports’ digital group begin Monday, July 16 with an assortment on social media platforms in which fans may participate. There will be an interactive Facebook LIVE/Periscope simul-stream, ‘Ask Ken,’ featuring Rosenthal. Exclusive livestream access continues on Tuesday, July 17 as Buck and Smoltz host an in-game Facebook LIVE session from the booth at Nationals Park, where the dynamic duo will break down all the action.
Throughout the entirety of the All-Star festivities, former All-Star and current FOX Sports analyst Nick Swisher will be on the scene in Washington, D.C., providing exclusive digital videos and interacting with players, fans and more. All Swisher videos can be seen on FOXSports.com and MLBonFOX social platforms.
Clips from MLB’s media day and pregame FS1/FOX shows and highlights from the game will be available across all FOX Sports digital platforms and MLB on FOX social channels.
FOX Sports Radio
Broadcasting across a network of more than 400 stations in the United States, FOX Sports Radio (FSR) offers live coverage of the MLB All-Star Game festivities in Washington, D.C. via remote on Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17. In addition, THE HERD WTH COLIN COWHERD (12:00 – 3:00 PM ET) provides comprehensive coverage of the 89th MLB All-Star Game.