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Nationals Not Included In Opening Portion Of "SNB" Schedule

Some view the absence of the Juan Soto-led Nationals as a glaring omission given other featured teams
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Some view the absence of the Juan Soto-led Nationals as a glaring omission given other featured teams
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Some view the absence of the Juan Soto-led Nationals as a glaring omission given other featured teams
Photo: GETTY IMAGES

ESPN released the "Sunday Night Baseball" schedule for 16 mostly early-season matchups next year, and the World Series-champion Nationals are "nowhere to be found," according to Liz Roscher of YAHOO SPORTS. The schedule "isn't complete (the entirety of September has yet to be announced, as well as several Sundays in July and August) but the absence of the Nationals on the early part of the schedule is glaring -- especially considering some of the other teams being featured." It appears that ESPN is "featuring teams from the country's biggest cities, as well as key divisional matchups" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 12/9). In DC, Mike DePrisco wrote "SNB" is supposed to be the "biggest game of the week and to not have the defending champions once feels wrong regardless of your allegiances" (NBCSPORTSWASHINGTON.com, 12/9). In Ft. Lauderdale, Wells Dusenbury writes in "unsurprising fashion," the Yankees and Red Sox "highlight the schedule with five games each." The Cubs lead the NL with four "SNB" contests (South Florida SUN SENTINEL, 12/10).