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No SF Giants Games On Sunday Night Baseball In First Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: A view of the logo during ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for ESPN)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: A view of the logo during ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for ESPN)
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SF Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (right) is congratulated by third base coach Ron Wotus (23) for hitting a solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the second inning of game one of a doubleheader at Oracle Park. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

ESPN released the first portion of next season’s Sunday Night Baseball schedule. No SF Giants games are on the list.

ESPN released the schedule for the first slate of Sunday Night Baseball games next season. One of the flagship national television broadcasts in Major League Baseball, for many fans outside the San Francisco/Bay Area market, it presents one of the best opportunities to watch SF Giants baseball. However, the Giants are currently slated in none of the 13 games. The schedule only includes the pre-All-Star break slate. Of course, the schedule is subject to change as teams, storylines, and other dynamics play out.

Coming off a middle of the road finish over the past two seasons though, the Giants will need to have an unexpected early-season breakout to earn more Sunday Night timeslots. Usually, at least one game between the Giants and their rival Los Angeles Dodgers gets the Sunday Night Baseball treatment, so fans should expect one of those games to be scheduled in upcoming releases.

Obviously, the Giants filled the national television schedule during their dynastic run from 2010-2014, but since their last postseason appearance in 2016, they have consistently been outside of postseason relevance. Over the past four seasons, they have won just 243 games against 303 losses, although their record has improved each of the last three seasons. This season, they did have a chance to earn a wild card bid on the last day of the regular season. However, they still finished with a below .500, 29-31, record.

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This is only the first of many updates that ESPN and MLB will make to the Sunday Night Baseball schedule before the end of next season. However, the SF Giants have not given fans or networks much reason to feel too excited about their team. Granted, that could change in a heartbeat if they get off to a hot start or make some big signings or trades before Opening Day.

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