Apple announce free Friday Night Baseball
MLB fans can now tune in to weekly double headers every Friday night during the regular season, available with or without an Apple TV+ subscription
Apple and Major League Baseball are joining forces this season, with the announcement of Friday Night Baseball, a weekly doubleheader broadcasting marquee games on Friday nights, free from local broadcast restrictions, and for a limited time only, free to anyone with or without an Apple TV+ subscription.
They will also broadcast a new live show, MLB Big Inning, featuring highlights and look-ins airing every weeknight of the regular season, plus a new 24-hour livestream of game replays, news, analysis, and on-demand programming.
Peter Stern, Apple’s VP of Services says, “Just like all baseball fans, we can’t wait for the season to open. Baseball has a special place in the heart of so many Apple customers, not just in the United States, but in many countries around the world. We’re proud to make Apple TV+ the home for great baseball moments throughout the season.”
Friday Night Baseball kicks off with two great games on April 8: the New York Mets @ Washington Nationals, live from 7 p.m. ET. The Mets are anticipated to pitch three-time Cy Young Award-winner and eight-time All-Star Max Scherzer. He will be up against All-Star Juan Soto, who is expected to start for the Nationals.
This will be followed by the Houston Astros @ the Los Angeles Angels, live from 9:30 p.m. ET. Three-time American League MVP Mike Trout and reigning American League MVP Shohei Ohtani will lead the charge against current American League Champions Houston, led by “Mighty Mouse” Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman.
On April 15, MLB will commemorate Jackie Robinson Day, marking the 75th anniversary of the integration of baseball with the Hall of Famer’s historic Major League debut. On that night, Friday Night Baseball will the Tampa Bay Rays @ the Chicago White Sox. Robinson’s own Los Angeles Dodgers will be featured as 2020 National League MVP Freddie Freeman and his new Dodger teammates host the Cincinnati Reds.
Although expected to require a subscription at a future date, for the moment at least, baseball fans can take heart from knowing that up until June, Friday Night Baseball is free and available. Announcements will come at a later date from Apple with details of future games and terms.
Full schedule of Friday Night Baseball games on Apple TV +
Friday, April 8
|New York Mets @ Washington Nationals||7 p.m. ET|
|Houston Astros @ Los Angeles Angels||9:30 p.m. ET|
|Friday, April 15||Tampa Bay Rays @ Chicago White Sox||7 p.m. ET|
|Cincinnati Reds @ Los Angeles Dodgers||10 p.m. ET|
|Friday, April 22||St. Louis Cardinals @ Cincinnati Reds||6:30 p.m. ET|
|Texas Rangers @ Oakland Athletics||9:30 p.m. ET|
|Friday, April 29||New York Yankees @ Kansas City Royals||8 p.m. ET|
|Washington Nationals @ San Francisco Giants||10 p.m. ET|
|Friday, May 6||Chicago White Sox @ Boston Red Sox||7 p.m. ET|
|Tampa Bay Rays @ Seattle Mariners||9:30 p.m. ET|
|Friday, May 13||San Diego Padres @ Atlanta Braves||7 p.m. ET|
|Chicago Cubs @ Arizona Diamondbacks||9:30 p.m. ET|
|Friday, May 20||St. Louis Cardinals @ Pittsburgh Pirates||6:30 p.m. ET|
|Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros||8 p.m. ET|
|Friday, May 27||Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox||7 p.m. ET|
|Toronto Blue Jays @ Los Angeles Angels||9:30 p.m. ET|
|Friday, June 3||Detroit Tigers @ New York Yankees||7 p.m. ET|
|Atlanta Braves @ Colorado Rockies||8:30 p.m. ET|
|Friday, June 10||Tampa Bay Rays @ Minnesota Twins||8 p.m. ET|
|New York Mets @ Los Angeles Angels||9:30 p.m. ET|
|Friday, June 17||Chicago White Sox @ Houston Astros||8 p.m. ET|
|Cleveland Guardians @ Los Angeles Dodgers||10 p.m. ET|
|Friday, June 24||Chicago Cubs @ St. Louis Cardinals||8 p.m. ET|
|Detroit Tigers @ Arizona Diamondbacks||9:30 p.m. ET|