For the first time in recent memory, this afternoon’s Toronto Blue Jays game will not be seen on one of Rogers’ Sportsnet stations. Instead, fans can watch it on Facebook as part of a recent agreement with Major League Baseball to stream 25 weekday afternoon games on the social network.
MLB and Facebook announced the deal in early March. Today’s Blue Jays game — first pitch is at 4:07 p.m. ET against the Kansas City Royals — is the fourth of the series. According to the live online connection numbers seen on last week’s broadcast of a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers, the game attracted about 58,000 concurrent viewers, peaking at a little over 60,000 in the ninth inning as the Cardinals attempted to come back in an eventual 3-2 loss.
The game will be called by Scott Braun of MLB Network with one analyst representing each team: former players Cliff Floyd, another MLB Network employee who occasionally contributes to Sportsnet telecasts, and Jeremy Guthrie, who pitched four of his 13 MLB seasons with the Royals.
The link for today’s game can be found below. Viewers will have to log into their Facebook account to watch the game at this link.
If you are not inclined to watch the game this way because of the recent revelations about Facebook and its data leaks, the game will be broadcast on Sportsnet’s radio network, including on Sportsnet 590 in Toronto. MLB.TV subscribers will be directed to watch the game on Facebook or to the radio broadcasts from Toronto and Kansas City.
The Jays’ afternoon game on May 24 against the Los Angeles Angels has also been announced as a Facebook-only game. Scheduled Facebook games beyond May have not been announced yet.