Mets will not be on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball to start 2014

The Mets are not scheduled to appear on ESPN’s Sunday Night baseball through the first few months of the season, according to a press release issued by the network.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

It’s also worth noting that the Mets are not mentioned in the press release, as opposed to years past when David Wright and Jose Reyes were often mentioned among the game’s brightest young stars. I assume Matt Harvey would have been mentioned, had he been healthy and pitching this season.

I always find this fascinating because this slate of games is always a good barometer for relevance in baseball. In short, based on the above, MLB sees the Mets as irrelevant and there’s only one way to get back in that club…

By the way, it’s worth noting that games after June 1 are typically announced just two to three weeks in advance of the broadcast, which is why they are not mentioned in the initial schedule released. This way, ESPN can leverage winning streaks and storylines for ratings as the season begins rolling.




65 comments
Tiffany Lesnick
Tiffany Lesnick

good!!!! the games are on too late and the people in the booth are horrible!

Rob Martin
Rob Martin

Hopefully there's no games on FOX. FOX Should stick to football only!!!

Phil Mancini
Phil Mancini

What a surprise, the club that finished 13th in NL in  attendance isn't considered a hot viewer draw. Thanks Fred, keep up the good work.

Heikal Aliakber
Heikal Aliakber

As much as I hate watching ESPN telecasts of anything, this just further shows the growing irrelevancy of this team. 

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Good. Nothing worse than listening to ESPN announcers.

Andrew Maglione
Andrew Maglione

Screw ESPN, they're more of a 2nd NFL Network, and i can't stand listening to their play-by-play and color commentary broadcasters... would much rather sit and watch on SNY while listening to Gary, Keith, Ron and KB

metjetnet
metjetnet

Thank you, MLB!!!! HATE Sunday night games. There's precious few day games left. Leave us the weekends to sit in the sunshine & watch a game the way god intended. Who the hell cares if some fool in Peoria or Podunk watches the Mets?? Plus, it's a later night game, so your getting ready for Monday morning is now shot to hell if you go to the game & the whole week is then off-balance...

Robb Pozarycki
Robb Pozarycki

I'm actually glad about this.  Sundays are made for afternoon baseball.  

Jim Yager
Jim Yager

Not even the May SUBWAY SERIES??

Andrew Ocieczek
Andrew Ocieczek

I rather hear our great announcers than espns horrible announcers

Scott Smith
Scott Smith

Thats good I hate Sunday Night baseball .Sunday is for day games.

ctdbatboy
ctdbatboy

They better not have a game on ESPN in May because they spoiled our time on the field on Banner Day (which was suppose to be on May 26th) and had to move it on the day that looked pretty crappy out to have a banner day parade, on a Saturday. ESPN likes to play a bluffing game with the Mets. I do not like them!

metstastic
metstastic

Didn't the same thing happen last year? It doesn't mean anything. When they started winning some games and especially when Harvey pitched, they started getting some air time. It's all about ratings. No one wants to watch a losing team.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

SNY has better broadcasters, anyway. If the Mets do make themselves relevant, I'd rather hear Gary, Ron, and Keith talk it up.

Doug Payne
Doug Payne

espn broadcasts are the worst!! I love watching the metsies at 1pm on sundays. who needs to wait for 8pm to watch a game.I hate everything about the espn telecast, from the camera angle on the mound to the dopey anouncers.Actually it would get me angry when i had to wait all day to watch the mets..   thank god!!!

Hodges14
Hodges14

It's all about ratings.  The Mets are irrelevant outside of Queens due to the way the team has been run in recent years.

Ryan Flanagan
Ryan Flanagan

I'd rather watch/listen to Gary, Keith and Ron anyway.

Ryan Flanagan
Ryan Flanagan

I don't think any Met fan is necessarily shocked by this...the team hasn't warranted national coverage. It still is pretty surprising though that the size of the NY market isn't enough to justify a game.

Tyler Della Badia
Tyler Della Badia

Perfectly fine...ESPN's baseball presence is almost non-existent and I'd much rather watch the games on SNY and listen to Gary, Keith, & Ron.

yankeehater
yankeehater

Good. Who wants to see a lousy broadcast with broadcasters who don't even know the team? The mets suck right now anyway.....they don't deserve to be on primetime.

David Elrich
David Elrich

I was just in Las Vegas and the Mets are 100-1 to win the World Series, way at the bottom of the list. This is hardly a surprise given the many holes with key position players. BTW, Dodgers are favored to take it all.

Wanda Metsfan
Wanda Metsfan

Well, considering they START the 2014 season on a Monday.......

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Does this really surprise anybody? Did anyone really think they would be? Is this post really needed? The Mets are barely relevant in NY, let alone the rest of the country! 

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Well Matt, The Mets needs to show that they are relevant during the 2014 season. I know that is a tall order but our Metsies needs to step and play aggressive baseball. Also, who cares if the Mets are not scheduled for ESPN Sunday night games...who wants to tune in after 8:00p.m. anyway?

Metsnow
Metsnow

I'm a huge Mets fan......but bottom line is that the Mets are an inferior team with very little sizzle to sell to the country let alone NYC the biggest market in the country. Until they decide to spend like a major market team this will be the result...No ESPN, No Playoffs, and no fans in the stands at CitiField. Attendance and ratings will continue to slide with the current roster of players we have.

mets2891
mets2891

Let's all give the Wilpons a hand.  They've done the impossible.  They've managed to make a baseball team in the NY market completely irrelevant.

sell
sell

ESPN broadcasts are the worst!  Sorry, YES are the worst.  Phillies are close behind.

Kyle Decker
Kyle Decker

Yes, I wish the Mets would win more to be considered relevant to get these games.


But as a fan, I would rather watch my games on SNY with Gary, Keith, and Ron so I don't care personally I won't watch them on ESPN.

Poop-a-doodle-doo!
Poop-a-doodle-doo!

This should be a wakeup call to everyone involved in the Met organization:

If you build it THEY WILL COME!!!

(If not, bu-bye!)

David Wright
David Wright

The Wilponzie's are close to making them irrelevant in Queens.

Doug Payne
Doug Payne

@David Elrich  I i just went on 10 different vegas sites and the mets have atleast 3 teams under them in each.. so i would like to know where you seen them at the bottom of the list?

metstastic
metstastic

@MetsnowIt has nothing to do with spending and everything to do with winning.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@mets2891 It took years of hard work.  Sandy Alderson also get's an assist.  Without him this might not have been possible.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@sell any broadcast with Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling is the worst.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Sentimental Steve I'm going to guess that the fact that ticket sales in 2013 were roughly half of what they were in 2008 was enough of a wakeup call.

Jim Yager
Jim Yager

I would still call that way at the bottom :}

Hodges14
Hodges14

@metstastic @Metsnow When you have a bad team, spending can speed up the process of becoming good again.  Not spending certainly isn't helping.