The folks at ESPN released a preliminary “Sunday Night Baseball” schedule Wednesday, and not surprisingly, the Yankees lead the way with three appearances so far.
A little more surprising, and disappointing: The Tigers didn’t make the cut.
And that’s despite having early season Sunday games against some pretty high-profile opponents, like the Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers. Perhaps you’ve heard of them?
Of course, if the Tigers play well in 2012 — and they absolutely should — they’ll find their way onto ESPN’s marquee baseball telecast. The network has left open a pair of flex periods, June 3-July 1 and July 22-Sept. 23.
In other words, if the Tigers are in the playoff race, they should get the national exposure.
Here’s ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” schedule:
April 8 — White Sox at Rangers
April 15 — Angels at Yankees
April 22 — Yankees at Red Sox
April 29 — Rays at Rangers
May 6 — Phillies at Nationals
May 13 — Angels at Rangers
May 20 — Cardinals at Dodgers
May 27 — Nationals at Braves
July 8 — Yankees at Red Sox
July 15 — Cardinals at Reds
While an early snub by “Sunday Night Baseball,” the Tigers do have some nationally televised games scheduled. They’ll be part of ESPN2′s Opening Day coverage on April 5 (home vs. Red Sox), and will be on Fox’s “Saturday Game of the Week” on April 7 (vs. Red Sox), May 5 (vs. White Sox), June 2 (vs. Yankees), June 30 (at Rays) and Sept. 15 (at Indians).