How to watch MLB games in 2023 without blackouts

Updated: February 1, 2023

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The 2022 World Series has concluded. Congrats to the Houston Astros for defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2 to claim their second World Series title in six years. Rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña was named Willie Mays Most Valuable Player—the first rookie position player ever to claim such an honor—after going 10-for-25 with a home run and three RBIs to go with his stellar defense in the field.

For now, let’s get ready to heat up the hot stove and look forward to Spring Training beginning on February 24, 2023!

Read on for all the ways to watch MLB games live online.

How to watch MLB games with a VPN

MLB.tv

Price: 25 USD for the rest of the season

The MLB.tv app is the most comprehensive and affordable option for streaming the entire MLB season. By connecting to a VPN server location where games are not being broadcast, you can avoid MLB blackouts and even choose which broadcast you want to watch (from the home or visiting team). The service comes with a seven-day free trial, and also offers a monthly option.

To privately and securely stream MLB games live in blazing-fast HD with unlimited bandwidth:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Download the ExpressVPN app to your smart TV, mobile phone, tablet, or other preferred streaming device.
  3. Connect to your preferred secure U.S. server location.
  4. Head to MLB.TV and sign up for the free trial.
  5. Batter up!

Note that MLB.TV will not offer live games for international viewers. Instead, viewers must wait approximately 90 minutes after the game ends in order to watch the archived broadcast.

MLB.tv will also offer a number of new key features for the 2023 season. Fans of select clubs—including the Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Blue Jays—will now be able to stream pre- and post-game coverage, with plans to add more teams as the season continues. The app will also offer improved playback controls along with real-time in-game details and stats. Fans can also look forward to an expanded content library with new original series, and the popular “MLB Big Inning” show will now air nightly. For the first time it will also be available to stream on Apple TV+.

Watch MLB games without blackouts

The easiest way to watch every MLB game is with an MLB.TV subscription. MLB.TV is available globally, and ExpressVPN works seamlessly with MLB.TV to ensure you can stream the action privately and securely. But while MLB.TV is great and fantastically comprehensive, you still have to worry about blackouts.

How to avoid MLB blackouts? Connect to a secure VPN server location where games are not being aired. If you’re in Los Angeles, for example, and Dodger games are being broadcast on TV, connect to a VPN server location in another city or country, and watch the MLB.tv stream privately, securely, and free from bandwidth throttling by your ISP. If a game is on the national blackouts list, connect instead through an international server in a country like the Netherlands, Japan, or the UK.

MLB Awards races

MLB’s post-season awards will all be announced live on MLB Network at 6:00 p.m. ET with the following schedule:

AwardDate announced
Louisville Silver Slugger Awards (AL & NL)Thursday, November 10
Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards (AL & NL)Monday, November 14
AL and NL Manager of the Year AwardsTuesday, November 15
AL and NL Cy Young AwardsWednesday, November 16
AL and NL Most Valuable Player AwardsThursday, November 17

Here is who won each of the major awards:

AL MVP: Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees

Judge ended the 2022 season with an American League-record 62 home runs, becoming the first player to mash 60 bombs in a season since Barry Bonds (73) and Sammy Sosa (64) last crossed the threshold in 2001. No wonder he received 28 of 30 first-place votes en route to winning his first AL MVP award. After turning down a contract extension ahead of the 2022 season, Judge helped the Yankees win only their second AL East title since 2012.

Finalists: Shohei Ohtani, DH/P, Los Angeles Angels (two first-place votes); Yordan Alvarez, DH/LF, Houston Astros

NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals

Goldschmidt finished the regular season with a .317 average, 35 home runs, 115 RBI, and a stellar .404 on-base percentage. After flirting with the Triple Crown for much of the season, Goldy received 22 of 30 first-place votes and took home his first MVP at age 35.

Finalists: Manny Machado, 3B, San Diego Padres (seven first-place votes); Nolan Arenado, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals (one first-place vote)

AL Cy Young winner: Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

What Verlander lacks in advanced stats, he more than made up for in narratives. After making just one start from 2020-21 following Tommy John surgery, the 39-year-old tallied a 18-4 record and a sparkling 1.75 ERA for the World Series-winning Astros. Verlander, who already owns two Cy Youngs, unanimously added a third despite missing time with a calf injury.

Finalists: Alek Manoah, Toronto Blue Jays; Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox

NL Cy Young winner: Sandy Alcantara, Miami Marlins

Don’t blame the Marlins’ latest dismal season on Alcantara, who ended the season with a 14-9 record, a 2.28 ERA, and 207 strikeouts in 228.2 innings. The Dominican-born right-hander reached his second career All-Star Game in large part because of his improved control. Few if any were surprised when Alcantra unanimously won the NL Cy Young Award.

Finalists: Julio Urías, Los Angeles Dodgers; Max Fried, Atlanta Braves

AL Rookie of the Year winner: Julio Rodríguez, CF, Seattle Mariners

The young outfielder nicknamed J-Rod ran away with American League Rookie of the Year. Rodríguez, who doesn’t turn 22 until December 29, hit .284 with 28 home runs and 75 RBI in his first season. He’s added 84 runs and 25 stolen bases while quickly living up to the hype following an ugly start to his MLB career. Seattle awarded the young phenom with a massive contract extension that could keep him in a Mariners uniform until 2039. Rodriguez received 29 of 30 first-place votes.

Finalists: Adley Rutschman, C, Baltimore Orioles (one first-place vote); Steven Kwan, LF, Cleveland Guardians

NL Rookie of the Year winner: Michael Harris II, CF, Atlanta Braves

Despite not playing a game above Double-A, the 21-year-old Harris quickly acclimated to the majors. He ended his first season with a .301 average, 19 home runs, 64 RBI, 75 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in nearly 400 at-bats. The Braves already saw enough to give Harris an eight-year, $72 million contract extension. Harris received 22 first-place votes.

Finalists: Spencer Strider, SP, Atlanta Braves (eight first-place votes); Brendan Donovan, INF/OF, St. Louis Cardinals

AL Comeback Player of the Year winner: Justin Verlander, SP, Houston Astros

After missing nearly two full seasons, Verlander returned to become arguably baseball’s top starting pitcher this year. His stellar stats, coupled with his comeback from Tommy John surgery, made him a shoo-in for Comeback Player of the Year.

Other candidates: Martín Pérez, SP, Texas Rangers; Matt Carpenter, 1B/OF, New York Yankees; Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

NL Comeback Player of the Year: Albert Pujols, 1B/DH, St. Louis Cardinals

Whatever the Cardinals realistically hoped Albert Pujols would contribute in his return to St. Louis, he easily exceeded expectations in his final season. The three-time NL MVP hit .270 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI in 109 games. The 24 homers marked his most since 2016, when he mashed 31 for the Angels. Pujols, who turned 42 ahead of the season, reached the 700-home run club in September and provided plenty of clutch moments down the stretch run.

AL Manager of the Year: Terry Francona, Cleveland Guardians

New team name, same old result for the Guardians, who reached the AL Division Series in Francona’s 10th club with the team. Despite relying heavily on young players, Cleveland won 92 games en route to a fourth AL Central title since 2016 in large part because of Francona’s leadership. The 63-year-old, who earned 17 of 30 first-place votes, is expected to return to the bench next season even after recent health bouts and surgeries.

Finalists: Brandon Hyde, Baltimore Orioles (eight first-place votes); Scott Servais, Seattle Mariners. (one first-place vote); Dusty Baker (Houston Astros) received three first-place votes but was not a finalist. Despite having fewer first-place votes, Servais earned 43 total points to Baker’s 31. 

NL Manager of the Year: Buck Showalter, New York Mets

Narratives often win out when it comes to awards, and Showalter returning from a four-year exile to help the Mets meet their expectations was more than enough to net him Manager of the Year. The 66-year-old, who earned eight first-place votes this year, had already earned the honor thrice, doing so for the first time back in 1994 while skippering the crosstown Yankees. Showalter won again in 2004 and 2014 while with the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, respectively.

Finalists: Brian Snitker, Atlanta Braves (seven first-place votes); Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers (eight first-place votes); Oliver Marmol (St. Louis Cardinals) and Rob Thomson (Philadelphia Phillies) respectively received five and two first-place votes but did not finish as finalists.

Other ways to watch MLB games online

With ExpressVPN, you can stream MLB games on both national broadcasters—including ESPN, TBS, FS1, and Fox—as well as regional sports networks. All national channels are available through cord-cutting services. Some platforms, such as DirecTV Stream, also carry regional sports networks like YES and NESN. To watch baseball games with improved speeds, privacy, and security:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Go to Sling TV (50 USD/month), DirecTV Stream (70 USD/month), Hulu+Live TV (70 USD/month), or YouTube TV (65 USD/month) and use a free trial.
  4. Play ball!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, be sure to use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Sling TV

Price: 50 USD/month and up

Sling TV includes channels that carry MLB games, such as ESPN, MLB Network, TBS, Fox, and FS1, as well as some regional sports networks.

To get all of these channels, you’ll need to get Sling Orange as well as Sling Blue (a combined package costs 50 USD). Use the “Sports Extra” add-on for Sling TV in order to watch MLB Network for an extra 10 USD/month.

DirecTV Stream

Price: 70 USD/month

DirecTV Stream is on the pricier side but if you prefer a cord-cutting service over an additional streaming app, it’s the best option as the “Choice” package (90 USD/month) includes regional sports networks like YES, NESN, and the Dodgers’ Spectrum SportsNet LA. DirecTV offers a 5-day free trial.

YouTube TV

Price: 65 USD/month and up

This season YouTube and MLB are expanded their partnership to offer 15 game of the week streams that were free to viewers in 182 countries.

For comprehensive coverage across the season, YouTube TV offers channels that cover MLB games and the subscription costs 65 USD/month. However, note that YouTube TV dropped MLB Network on January 31 amid a carriage dispute. Both sides have publicly made it clear they hope to reach an agreement as soon as possible. If you don’t feel like committing to YouTube TV, use the 5-day free trial.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Amazon Prime Video

Price: 25 USD/month for the MLB.tv add-on

Amazon Prime offers MLB.tv as an add-on for 25 USD/month (on top of the regular 139 USD annual membership). There’s a 30-day free trial available.

Hulu+Live TV

Price: 70 USD/month

Hulu+Live TV offers most of the national channels broadcasting MLB except for the MLB Network and regional sports networks.

Sky Sports

Price: 22 GBP/month and up

Channels: Sky Sports

Living in the UK? Sky Sports is your best bet for catching live streams of the games. You will also need to provide a valid postal code and a UK/Ireland credit or debit card.

If you have a Sky subscription, you can stream content with Sky Go by connecting to a secure server location in the UK and then logging in to your Sky Go account.

Who won the 2022 World Series?

The American League’s Houston Astros defeated the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2.

WinnerScore
Game 1: Phillies6-5 (10)
Game 2: Astros5-2
Game 3: Phillies7-0
Game 4: Astros5-0
Game 5: Astros3-2
Game 6: Astros4-1

 

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Comments

  1. This doesn’t work all the time. I’m not sure if the MLB app is getting wise to VPNs but the Boston Yankee game last night was blacked out no matter what VPN location I used in the states. I finally had success with a site in Canada, however it dumped every time there was a commercial break and it required reconnecting.

  2. Express VPN isn’t working for the mlb.tv package like this article states. It did work last year. Have you got this fixed yet? The only reason I have express vpn is for baseball and now it’s not working.

  3. Trying to watch MLB.TV on laptop with Express VPN turned on. When I attempt to stream a live game, I get an error. MLB.TV’s website says you may experience streaming issues while connected to a VPN.

    Any thoughts?

  4. I’m using express VPN on Android and my first two games worked, but today’s game is getting blocked. Same team and same city. Any tips?

    1. Hi Richard,

      Please try the connecting to the closest server location you previously connected to. Also, please decline sharing your location with the app if possible.

  5. Why are Astros games still blacked out using a vpn and setting location as UK? I’ve followed instructions. This has been worthless so far

  6. Hello …
    Can you provide me with a streaming site that could provide Fox Sports Midwest via a Roku device?

    Thanks … bud hodge

  7. I have the ExpressVPN service. Can I use ExpressVPN to sign into MLB.TV to stream blackout games and then cast to a chromecast, or will it note that my Chromecast is on a router located in a blackout area?

  8. tried to stream Baltimore Orioles games on IPVANISH vpn using amazon firetv. miserable failure. why would YOUR vpn be better ? and i’ve heard VPN’s have some sort of trouble with Amazon fire products (by FAR the best and most commonly used streaming devices. Obviously your vpn is not helpful to us if it doesnt work with FireTv/stick products ) what’s a roku/ an australian animal ?) thanx

      1. Hello. Can I get around the mlb blackouts with your service. I have a mlbtv subscription and a roku with my Samsung smart tv

  9. I am having the same issue with my appletv too (4th gen) i have my router (netscape) with expressvpn on it. MLB is still blackout through both systems.
    I got this specifically for watching baseball.

      1. I am going through all your youtube videos, and redoing everything step by step hopefully this will work.

        1. This didn’t help. I’ve tried attaching mediastreamer, but everything else is set up through router. I don’t know how to attach this through expressvpnrouter. Any suggestions?

      2. I got it up and working now. I had to add Media streamer to my expressvpn router. Thankyou for all the youtube videos that walked me through this.

  10. I have my AppleTV set up with Mediastreamer and MLB does not work. I then changed my router’s L2PT settings to be out of the blackout zones, and now every game is blacked out. I’ll be honest, this was one of the big reasons for me to subscribe in the first place.

  11. Just got signed up today and used the step by step guide for setting up with a 4th gen Apple TV by first creating a ddns account, then doing the Dynamic DNS Registration, then manually
    configuring the DNS server IP on the Apple TV’s settings. After restarting via settings (per instructions) I still get blacked out of local games. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Michael,

      A VPN secures your connection and let’s you enjoy baseball streams no matter where you are. Just fire up ExpressVPN, connect to a location near the tournament locale, and you’ll be all set.

      If you run into any issues, be sure to get help from Support: https://www.expressvpn.com/support/

  12. MLB at bat is not working for me. I tried a GPS location spoofer in conjunction with VPNexpress and it still doesnt work. I am using device gps only, not advanced tracking.

    1. Hi Vic,

      Try not to use a GPS location spoofer with ExpressVPN. With a VPN, your IP address is already hidden and replaced by the server address you connect to. If you have further problems, please contact the Support team at https://www.expressvpn.com/support/ for further assistance.

    1. Hi Bill,

      ExpressVPN does not interfere with any streamimg service you choose to use. In fact, it helps you access your favorite sport streams no matter where you are.

      If you have problems using ExpressVPN to watch NESN, please contact the Support team at https://www.expressvpn.com/support/ 🙂

  13. It’s not working for the World Baseball Classic on mlb.tv only watchable in the US. I need help or a refund on my money.

  14. I think MLB has gotten wise to the VPN trick. I’m trying to stream the World Baseball Classic in the UK (where it’s blacklisted). Have used Express VPN to both DC and NY and MLB TV says,

    “We’re sorry. We have determined that you are blacked out of watching the game you selected, due to television broadcaster restrictions. An archive copy of the game will be available 90 minutes after the game ends.”

    Is there a solution to this, or are we stuck?

    🙁

    1. Hi Christian,

      A VPN can help you stream sports no matter where you are. Simply pick a broadcaster that is showing the South African cricket tour, connect to a VPN server in that location, then you’ll be able to watch the games in New Zealand or anywhere else!

  15. Is there any chance that I can get VPN Express to use in Spain and UK while I am away in Europe this month. We are huge baseball fans and don’t want to miss a minute. If it’s possible, can I use wifi to connect in our hotel room? Thanks for your help.

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