There are plenty of good seats available, but if you’re not planning to attend Wednesday’s matinee series finale between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets, all you’ll need to watch the game is a device with an Internet connection. The National League East showdown will be broadcast exclusively on YouTube as part of Major League Baseball’s 13-game trial package with the Google-owned platform.

MLB Network’s Scott Braun will handle play-by-play duties; MASN Nationals analyst F.P. Santangelo and MLB Network analyst Al Leiter will provide color commentary for the game, which will not be shown live on MASN, or any other platform. MLB Network’s Lauren Shehadi, a McLean native, will provide additional reporting from Nationals Park. The radio broadcast will be on 106.7 the Fan as usual.

Coverage for Wednesday’s 1:05 p.m. game, YouTube’s ninth exclusive broadcast this season and the first to feature the Nationals or Mets, will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a pregame show hosted by Robert Flores and Mark DeRosa from MLB Network’s studio in New Jersey. Washington’s game against the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 13 is also slated to be broadcast on YouTube, but that game will also air locally on MASN, according to the network’s website.

Last year, Facebook aired 25 MLB games exclusively. Unlike that arrangement, which required viewers to have a Facebook account, YouTube games are available free on any device without having to log in. Simply go to or search “MLB” in the YouTube app.

“We’ve tried to make it very, very easy for fans to find the ubiquity of devices that YouTube is available on,” said YouTube’s head of sports partnerships, Tim Katz, in a phone interview. “From my perspective, it should be easier than watching a normal game, because you don’t have to subscribe to anything. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can access these games.”

Unlike traditional TV broadcasts, YouTube’s MLB broadcasts don’t feature commercial breaks between innings or during pitching changes. Instead, viewers of Wednesday’s game can expect to see live and recorded player interviews, highlights and various Nationals and Mets YouTube content. There’s also a live chat featuring social media representatives from both teams and popular YouTube creators, such as Jimmy “Jomboy” O’Brien, whose baseball breakdowns have gone viral this season.

Katz said he has been pleased with the results of the partnership thus far. Last week’s Braves-Colorado Rockies game has more than 900,000 views, while the Los Angeles Dodgers’ win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 7 has more than 1.6 million views.

“We’re getting a lot of core fans that are watching baseball on a daily basis and we’re bringing in new fans by virtue of our platform, being a little younger than television,” Katz said. “ … We’re also seeing a lot of fans watching from outside the U.S., and that’s been really fun to see."

How to access Wednesday’s Nationals-Mets game broadcast:

There are no fees or sign-ups required and you do not need a YouTube account to access the game.


1. Open the YouTube app.

2. Search for “MLB.”

3. Tap the MLB YouTube channel.

4. If the game is on, tap the game thumbnail to watch live.

5. If the game is upcoming, tap the game thumbnail and click on “Set Reminder” to receive a notification when the game is live. (A log-in is required to set a reminder.)

6. Click on the Chromecast button to watch on the big screen with a Chromecast device.

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1. Open the YouTube app.

2. Search for “MLB.”

3. Click on the MLB YouTube channel.

4. If the game is on, tap the game thumbnail to watch live.


1. Go to on your browser.

2. If the game is on, click the game thumbnail to watch live.

3. If the game is upcoming, click the “Set Reminder” button to receive a notification when the game is live. (A log-in is required to set a reminder.)

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