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A Network to Satisfy the Appetite of Baseball-Hungry Fans
By RICHARD SANDOMIR
Published: October 2, 2008

Major League Baseball does not believe there is enough baseball on television.

Not on local and regional TV. Not on Fox, ESPN, TBS or MLB.com.

It wants ubiquity, a 24/7 home, so it is building its own cable channel, the MLB Network, in Secaucus, N.J., with opening day scheduled for Jan. 1. The idea behind a league-owned network is not new. The N.F.L., the N.B.A. and the N.H.L. preceded baseball, but all share a goal: to feed a rabid fan base and to relentlessly promote their sport.

“We want to be the authentic home of baseball,” said Tony Petitti, the president of the new network and the former No. 2 executive at CBS Sports behind Sean McManus. Petitti has never worked professionally in baseball, but he was a catcher at Haverford College (class of 1983).

His coach, Greg Kannerstein, who is now the college’s dean, said Friday that Petitti was “a good catcher with a rifle arm” who, “if he had hit a little better, he’d have played major league baseball instead of televising it.”

Unsuccessful talks between CBS and baseball two years ago led Petitti to the MLB Network. “He was incredibly thoughtful and honest in our discussions,” said Tim Brosnan, baseball’s executive vice president for business. “He’s uniquely qualified.”

The shift to running a baseball network, rather than overseeing production of all of CBS’s sports, means focusing on a sport whose fans have local appetites.

They follow their teams on local outlets or on Fox, ESPN or TBS.

“We want to be the next choice for baseball fans,” Petitti said. “We want them to know that we’re here, and we can get you caught up. We’re another tool to enjoy the game.”

Petitti spoke during a tour of the network’s building in an industrial park, the former MSNBC studio where Keith Olbermann fulminated and tossed crumpled paper. Baseball had expected to make Secaucus a temporary stop until a proposed building in Harlem was ready. But the real estate deal in Harlem is dormant, if not altogether dead.

And baseball’s conversion of what MSNBC left behind into an all-high-definition facility augurs for a lengthy stay. The project is costing about $54 million, an investment that led New Jersey last month to approve an $8 million employment incentive grant. “This is likely to be our permanent place,” Petitti said.

The architectural plans for the facility look lavish, with two enormous studios (one is designed to look like a ballpark). But the network will be judged by its programming, including the centerpiece “MLB Tonight” studio program, which during the season will offer updates, live game look-ins and wrap-ups from 7 p.m. until at least 1 a.m. Eastern.

The network will install two robotic cameras at each stadium to enhance its studio programming. “There’s enough interest in what we’ll do,” Petitti said. “We’re selling the accumulation of everything. It’s not about access to one club; it’s about access to all 30.”

One live regular-season game will be seen on the network on either Thursday or Saturday night. But it will be a simulcasted version of a game produced in one of the teams’ local markets, and the MLB Network feed will be seen only outside that area.

There will also be archival, hot stove, reality, youth and spring training programming, as well as World Baseball Classic, minor league and Caribbean World Series games.

The roster of commentators is expected to include Harold Reynolds and Al Leiter, but one of Petitti’s tasks will be to hire someone to be the undisputed voice of the network.

If the MLB Network wants to be the fan’s second choice, as Petitti said, then must it convert devotees of ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” or regional networks to its side?

Petitti said the MLB channel’s all-baseball format would rope in enough viewers to make the venture succeed. Len DeLuca, an ESPN senior vice president, said, “We feel the MLB Network will draw more fans to the set, which can only benefit our franchises, ‘Baseball Tonight’ and Sunday night and Monday and Wednesday night baseball.”

Still, Tom Werner, a Red Sox owner, said: “If you create a channel for baseball, you’re competing with ESPN because ESPN is the place where you’d find information about baseball. Hopefully, we’ll be the source if you want to know what’s going on.”

Thanks to negotiations, some bizarre and some fractious, the MLB Network will begin with an endowment of more than 50 million subscribers, which will provide the channel with a level of cash that Werner said would make it break even immediately.

Baseball is swapping one-third ownership of its channel with DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner and Cox for wide distribution, thus avoiding the kind of ongoing distribution turf war that the NFL Network is having with Big Cable.

“Anybody with 50 million or more in distribution has a salable, working business model,” said Neal Pilson, an industry consultant. “Tony’s challenge will be to have provocative, interesting and stimulating programming.”

Andy K, Saturday, 4 October 2008 06:35 (fifteen years ago) link

no idea obviously how this is going to turn out but i started using mlb.tv this year and it's awesome (it actually made me feel endeared to fuckin major league baseball) so i have some hopes for this in terms of innovation and what not

a passion for posting (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 4 October 2008 06:38 (fifteen years ago) link

J0rdan just pray something doesn't go wrong with your account.

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 4 October 2008 12:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Harold Reynolds needs to be baited into more harassment

Dr Morbius, Saturday, 4 October 2008 14:34 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
one month passes...

http://mlb.mlb.com/network/schedule/

Gudrun Gut Run Over by a Reindeer (Andy K), Wednesday, 24 December 2008 01:54 (fifteen years ago) link

wau, 2 shows.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 24 December 2008 14:27 (fifteen years ago) link

mlb's own production ambitions have always been such a goddamn joke; it is simply amazing to me how amateurish their own product is, and that they think they can get away with it

Tracer Hand, Friday, 26 December 2008 00:08 (fifteen years ago) link

They've got the January schedule up. Here's MLK Day:

http://mlb.mlb.com/network/schedule/?ymd=20090119

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 17:51 (fifteen years ago) link

[edit] On-air talent

[edit] Studio Hosts

* Greg Amsinger: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [12]
* Victor Rojas: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [13]
* Matt Vasgersian: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [14]

[edit] Studio Analysts

* Barry Larkin: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [15]
* Al Leiter: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [16]
* Joe Magrane: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [17]
* Dan Plesac: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [18]
* Harold Reynolds: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [19]
* Mitch Williams: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [20]

[edit] Reporters

* Trenni Kusnierek: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [21]
* Hazel Mae: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [22]

[edit] Baseball Insiders

* Jon Heyman: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [23]
* Tom Verducci: (2009-present) Hot Stove and MLB Tonight [24]

boring lineup

㋡ (cankles), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 17:55 (fifteen years ago) link

haha, Wild Thing is HR's new Kruk.

oh man, I hate Jon Heyman.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 18:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, Heyman is one of the worst.

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 19:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Verducci is pretty solid, imo.

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 19:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Heyman said "i don't know what VORP is and I hope I never do"

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:29 (fifteen years ago) link

OUR NATIONAL PASTIME GOES FULL TIME IN 2:30:20

Andy K, Thursday, 1 January 2009 20:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Who says this channel will be Red Sox/Yankees-heavy?

Thursday, January 1
7:00 PM
All-Time Games
1956 World Series Game 5 Brooklyn Dodgers @ NY Yankees featuring Don Larsen's Perfect Game. Stay Tuned Following the Conclusion of the Game for a Sit-Down Interview with Batterymates Don Larsen and Yogi Berra

10:30 PM
All-Time Games
1956 World Series Game 5 Brooklyn Dodgers @ NY Yankees featuring Don Larsen's Perfect Game. Stay Tuned Following the Conclusion of the Game for a Sit-Down Interview with Batterymates Don Larsen and Yogi Berra

Friday, January 2
2:00 AM
All-Time Games
1956 World Series Game 5 Brooklyn Dodgers @ NY Yankees featuring Don Larsen's Perfect Game. Stay Tuned Following the Conclusion of the Game for a Sit-Down Interview with Batterymates Don Larsen and Yogi Berra

5:30 AM
All-Time Games
1956 World Series Game 5 Brooklyn Dodgers @ NY Yankees featuring Don Larsen's Perfect Game. Stay Tuned Following the Conclusion of the Game for a Sit-Down Interview with Batterymates Don Larsen and Yogi Berra

9:00 AM
1956 World Series Game 5 Brooklyn Dodgers @ NY Yankees featuring Don Larsen's Perfect Game. Stay Tuned Following the Conclusion of the Game for a Sit-Down Interview with Batterymates Don Larsen and Yogi Berra

8:00 PM
World Series Highlights
2004 World Series matchup: Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals

9:30 PM
Red Sox Memories Part 1
A Five Part Series Looking Back at the Greatest Players, Teams and Moments from Red Sox History

11:00 PM
World Series Highlights
2004 World Series matchup: Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Andy K, Thursday, 1 January 2009 20:38 (fifteen years ago) link

8:00 PM
World Series Highlights
2004 World Series matchup: Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Thrilling.

Tracer Hand, Friday, 2 January 2009 12:57 (fifteen years ago) link

HR says Yankees need to "shorten the game," keep Joba in the pen.

HR tips his hat at the Reds for acquiring Taveras.

Andy K, Saturday, 3 January 2009 22:11 (fifteen years ago) link

I'd forgotten how much I hate him.

Dr Morbius, Sunday, 4 January 2009 19:28 (fifteen years ago) link

it's bunched in with nfln and nhln on directv but then i have to go to the 600s to watch nbatv... irritating!!!!!!

Fursona (real life tauren ^_^) (cankles), Sunday, 4 January 2009 19:40 (fifteen years ago) link

However HR believes David Price should be starting because Price is a "rotation guy" who will "give you innings."

Andy K, Monday, 5 January 2009 01:05 (fifteen years ago) link

Is it available online at all or is it just a cable TV network for US viewers?

Mark C, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 17:43 (fifteen years ago) link

they're showing ken burns' baseball rn... i ahvent seen this shit since i was 8 or 9. starring john turturro as the dude who invented the curveball!!!!

like a super-saiyan stuffed in a checkered shirt (cankles), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 02:13 (fifteen years ago) link

WTF this show just asserted that geronimo's apaches played a game of baseball against the us army (and won)??? i cant find anything about this online. there was a olde tymey picture of some indian ass dudes wearing APACHE uniforms tho so i guess it must be true.

also there was just a commercial for the home run derby, which seems retarded to me if you already know who won, it's not like something like a dunk contest where the spectacle of the dunk is an inherently exciting thing to behold

also the graphics on this shit are like some local news broadcast, when i saw an ad for the hot stove show out of the corner of my eye i thought it was a preview of the 11 o clock news

like a super-saiyan stuffed in a checkered shirt (cankles), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 02:42 (fifteen years ago) link

^ what i'm sayin

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 11:57 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm pretty sure we weon't hear much more of Candy Cummings outside the Brurns opus (which is not worth the commercials).

Al Leiter +

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 17:32 (fifteen years ago) link

also there was just a commercial for the home run derby, which seems retarded to me if you already know who won, it's not like something like a dunk contest where the spectacle of the dunk is an inherently exciting thing to behold

how quickly josh hamilton is forgotten...

(*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 18:17 (fifteen years ago) link

I used to watch (and love) classic home run derbies on tv as a kid so

Gorgeous Preppy (G00blar), Thursday, 8 January 2009 14:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Also this.

Gorgeous Preppy (G00blar), Thursday, 8 January 2009 14:31 (fifteen years ago) link

^^mlb network

btw did u guys know harold reynolds is 49 years old???????? he looks 35!!! man black ppl huh

゙(゚、 。 7 (cankles), Thursday, 8 January 2009 14:44 (fifteen years ago) link

i didnt even know about the collusion era either that is mad interesting

゙(゚、 。 7 (cankles), Thursday, 8 January 2009 14:47 (fifteen years ago) link

wo ho, time to get some '80s/90s baseball histories for cankles. (Is there a definitive book on collusion?)

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 8 January 2009 14:52 (fifteen years ago) link

This morning's "legendary game" was a Pirate-Cub battle from the early '90s? About all I caught was Mike Harkey pitching to Jay Bell! Anyone know what that was?

Dr Morbius, Monday, 12 January 2009 15:09 (fifteen years ago) link

I just noticed this thing last night. Spent the afternoon watching the thrilling near-conclusion of the 2008 World Series.

This channel's free, but NFL is still premium. Go figure.

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Monday, 12 January 2009 16:09 (fifteen years ago) link

The Pirate-Cub game had something to do with Andre Dawson, I think.

Andy K, Monday, 12 January 2009 16:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Barry Larkin has promise and is easier on the ears than "HR"

Dr Morbius, Friday, 16 January 2009 14:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Batting Stance Guy's Youkilis wasn't very convincing.

Andy K, Saturday, 17 January 2009 00:53 (fifteen years ago) link

not enough glowering?

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 17 January 2009 19:16 (fifteen years ago) link

No sliding finger, not enough bend in the warmup swings, etc.

Andy K, Sunday, 18 January 2009 01:12 (fifteen years ago) link

hey, the other night's Prime 9 picked the top all-time offensive seasons -- and the V/O said they used OPS Plus!!!

VIVA LA REVOLUCION

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 21 January 2009 14:43 (fifteen years ago) link

From the link posted by Thermo in the '08 retirees thread:

Former Red Sox first baseman Sean Casey is officially retiring, having signed on with the MLB Network. Casey, The 34-year-old, who played in 69 games with Boston last season, hitting .322, finishes his 12-season career with a .302 lifetime batting average to go along with three All-Star appearances. Casey’s role with the network has yet to be defined.

YES

Andy K, Sunday, 25 January 2009 14:54 (fifteen years ago) link

was he that good in the booth?

JtM Is Ruled By A Black Man (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 25 January 2009 17:03 (fifteen years ago) link

that MEX-PR Caribbean Series game went late last night.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 17:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Harold Reynolds major save-a-Rod

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:52 (fifteen years ago) link

was he that good in the booth?

Beats me.

Thought it was interesting last night how he kept saying "a lot" of guys are/were clean. Always "a lot" -- not "most," "a majority," or a rough percentage.

Andy K, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:13 (fifteen years ago) link

that's what you say when you can't prove anything

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:17 (fifteen years ago) link

February 14
1:30 PM
We Are Young: The Story of a Baseball Family
Dmitri Young, Brother Delmon and their Father and Coach, Larry

dancing in foam to "Church Lady" (Andy K), Thursday, 12 February 2009 16:16 (fifteen years ago) link

The pride of Camarillo, CA

mayor jingleberries, Thursday, 12 February 2009 22:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm considering switching from cable back to Directv, partly to get this channel (and a few others, and to save $$).

WmC, Thursday, 12 February 2009 22:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Sunday, February 22
2:00 PM
All-Time Games
6/28/76
NY Yankees @ Detroit
Mark The Bird Fidrych Tosses a Complete Game

Andy K, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 20:59 (fifteen years ago) link

getting kind of sick of millar
pretty shrewd move bringing him on for the nascar set

sanskrit, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 15:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Plesac and Williams are pretty good. I prefer them to anyone on Baseball Tonight. Ripken makes me uncomfortable for some reason but he's fine too.

no turkey unless it's a club sandwich (polyphonic), Wednesday, 26 May 2010 16:53 (fourteen years ago) link

i dont understand from a business perspective the point of solid 60 (only live look ins no desk)
its basically the "see i knew i didn't need to buy extra innings" show

sanskrit, Saturday, 29 May 2010 01:49 (fourteen years ago) link

that might be true for East Coast fans but for me (here in Los Angeles) i could not live without MLB Extra Innings.

Bee OK, Saturday, 29 May 2010 04:46 (fourteen years ago) link

I liked Bob Costas and Jim Kaat doing the Mets - Phillies game Thurs. night.

Maltodextrin, Saturday, 29 May 2010 05:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Also it was nice to be able to watch the end of the Halladay perfect game as it was happening.

Maltodextrin, Sunday, 30 May 2010 02:31 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...

Gas face to Fuck Face for citing wins as the ultimate (only?) determining factor for his hypothetical CY vote.

Scoffing at Verducci's logical defense of Felix: also worthy of the gas face.

Andy K, Thursday, 9 September 2010 12:04 (thirteen years ago) link

who is FF? I only miss MLBN for the games.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 9 September 2010 13:44 (thirteen years ago) link

http://deadspin.com/assets/resources/2007/05/BillRipkenFuckFace2.jpg

Andy K, Thursday, 9 September 2010 13:50 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Verducci fills out a suit jacket like Skeletor

sanskrit, Monday, 4 October 2010 01:59 (thirteen years ago) link

During MLB Network's playoff preview, Plesac goes off on the postseason brilliance of Mariano Rivera -- like we're all in for a real treat, and you can BET ON IT -- as a highlight reel of his regular-season blown saves is played. One of the superlatives is synced up perfectly with Rivera sulking off the mound.

Andy K, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 12:45 (thirteen years ago) link

four months pass...

Millar has proclaimed that Carl Crawford is now a baseball player. He was just an athlete prior to 2010. What was Millar, then?

Wrong-Way Willy (Andy K), Saturday, 5 February 2011 22:48 (thirteen years ago) link

Larkin apparently on ESPN now.

These people need to chill w/ the bug zapper graphic FX.

Wrong-Way Willy (Andy K), Thursday, 17 February 2011 02:46 (thirteen years ago) link

no desire to hear any of the Ex-Jock Tonight blather

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 17 February 2011 03:02 (thirteen years ago) link

below are the pre-season games scheduled for MLB network:

Feb. 26 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
Sat., Feb. 26 11:00 p.m. (s)* Colorado Rockies Arizona D-backs
Sun., Feb. 27 3:00 p.m. L.A. Angels of Anaheim Los Angeles Dodgers
Sun., Feb. 27 8:00 p.m. (s) New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies
Mon., Feb. 28 3:00 p.m. Chicago White Sox Los Angeles Dodgers
Mon., Feb. 28 9:30 p.m. (s) Washington Nationals New York Mets
Tues., Mar. 1 3:00 p.m. Cincinnati Reds (ss)** L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Tues., Mar. 1 8:00 p.m. (s) Detroit Tigers (ss) Philadelphia Phillies
Wed., Mar. 2 1 p.m. Houston Astros (ss) New York Yankees
Wed., Mar. 2 9:00 p.m. (s) Kansas City Royals Los Angeles Dodgers
Thurs., Mar. 3 4:00 p.m. (s) St. Louis Cardinals (ss) New York Mets
Thurs., Mar. 3 9:00 p.m. (s) Kansas City Royals L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Fri., Mar. 4 3:00 p.m. Chicago White Sox L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Fri., Mar. 4 7:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Sat., Mar. 5 5:00 p.m. Florida Marlins Boston Red Sox (ss)
Sun., Mar. 6 1:00 p.m. Atlanta Braves Washington Nationals
Sun., Mar. 6 7:00 p.m. (s) Arizona D-backs L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Sun., Mar. 6 11:00 p.m. (s) Toronto Blue Jays Pittsburgh Pirates
Mon., Mar. 7 1:00 p.m. Detroit Tigers New York Mets
Mon., Mar. 7 9:30 p.m. (s) Milwaukee Brewers Cincinnati Reds
Tues., Mar. 8 3:00 p.m. Arizona D-backs Cleveland Indians
Tues., Mar. 8 7:00 p.m. (s) New York Yankees Atlanta Braves
Tues., Mar. 8 11:00 p.m. (s) Texas Rangers L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Wed., Mar. 9 3:00 p.m. Seattle Mariners Los Angeles Dodgers
Wed., Mar. 9 7:00 p.m. Baltimore Orioles (ss) Boston Red Sox
Wed., Mar. 9 11:00 p.m. (s) Houston Astros New York Mets
Thurs., Mar. 10 1:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox Tampa Bay Rays
Thurs., Mar. 10 7:00 p.m. Baltimore Orioles Pittsburgh Pirates
Thurs., Mar. 10 11:00 p.m. (s) San Diego Padres Los Angeles Dodgers
Fri., Mar. 11 3:00 p.m. Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox
Fri., Mar. 11 9:00 p.m. San Francisco Giants San Diego Padres
Sat., Mar. 12 1:00 p.m. Florida Marlins Boston Red Sox
Sat., Mar. 12 7:00 p.m. (s) New York Yankees Washington Nationals
Sat., Mar. 12 11:00 p.m. (s) L.A. Dodgers (ss) San Francisco Giants
Sun., Mar. 13 1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays
Sun., Mar. 13 5:00 p.m. (s) Colorado Rockies Oakland Athletics
Sun., Mar. 13 9:00 p.m. (s) San Francisco Giants Texas Rangers
Mon., Mar. 14 1:00 p.m. Florida Marlins Minnesota Twins
Mon., Mar. 14 4:00 p.m. Oakland Athletics Cleveland Indians
Mon., Mar. 14 10:30 p.m. (s) San Diego Padres Chicago White Sox
Tues., Mar. 15 1:00 p.m. Houston Astros Baltimore Orioles
Tues., Mar. 15 4:00 p.m. Texas Rangers Los Angeles Dodgers
Tues., Mar. 15 10:00 p.m. (s) Milwaukee Brewers Cleveland Indians
Wed., Mar. 16 4:00 p.m. San Francisco Giants Chicago White Sox
Wed., Mar. 16 9:00 p.m. Colorado Rockies Texas Rangers
Thurs., Mar. 17 1:00 p.m. Florida Marlins St. Louis Cardinals
Thurs., Mar. 17 6:00 p.m. Washington Nationals Atlanta Braves
Thurs., Mar. 17 10:00 p.m. Texas Rangers San Diego Padres
Fri., Mar. 18 1:00 p.m. Atlanta Braves New York Mets
Fri., Mar. 18 4:00 p.m. Arizona D-backs Seattle Mariners
Fri., Mar. 18 10:00 p.m. Texas Rangers Cleveland Indians (ss)
Sat., Mar. 19 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies Baltimore Orioles
Sat., Mar. 19 5:00 p.m. (s) Milwaukee Brewers Los Angeles Dodgers
Sat., Mar. 19 9:00 p.m. (s) Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Sun., Mar. 20 1:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox
Sun., Mar. 20 5:00 p.m. (s) New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies
Sun., Mar. 20 11:00 p.m. (s) Detroit Tigers Washington Nationals
Mon., Mar. 21 4:00 p.m. Chicago Cubs L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Mon., Mar. 21 10:30 p.m. (s) New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Tues., Mar. 22 4:00 p.m. Chicago Cubs Los Angeles Dodgers
Tues., Mar. 22 9:00 p.m. (s) New York Mets Detroit Tigers
Wed., Mar. 23 4:00 p.m. (s) Philadelphia Phillies Tampa Bay Rays
Wed., Mar. 23 7:00 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Wed., Mar. 23 12:00 a.m. (s) San Francisco Giants L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Thurs., Mar. 24 1:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals New York Mets
Thurs., Mar. 24 8:00 p.m. (s) Washington Nationals Detroit Tigers
Thurs., Mar. 24 11:00 p.m. (s) Colorado Rockies Los Angeles Dodgers
Fri., Mar. 25 4:00 p.m. Seattle Mariners (ss) Chicago Cubs
Fri., Mar. 25 9:00 p.m. San Francisco Giants Kansas City Royals
Sat., Mar. 26 1:00 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays Philadelphia Phillies (ss)
Sat., Mar. 26 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Twins Boston Red Sox
Sat., Mar. 26 11:00 p.m. (s) Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants (ss)
Sun., Mar. 27 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies Atlanta Braves
Sun., Mar. 27 5:00 p.m. (s) Texas Rangers Seattle Mariners
Sun., Mar. 27 11:00 p.m. (s) Detroit Tigers Houston Astros
Mon., Mar. 28 1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Pirates Minnesota Twins
Mon., Mar. 28 4:00 p.m. Cincinnati Reds Chicago White Sox
Mon., Mar. 28 10:30 p.m. (s) Oakland Athletics San Francisco Giants
Tues., Mar. 29 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Twins Atlanta Braves
Tues., Mar. 29 11:00 p.m. (s) Seattle Mariners Colorado Rockies
Wed., Mar. 30 12:00 p.m. Florida Marlins New York Mets
Wed., Mar. 30 3:00 p.m. (s) Minnesota Twins Atlanta Braves
Wed., Mar. 30 8:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox Houston Astros

*(s) denotes delay **(s) is split squad ***All times subject to change

World Series champion San Francisco Giants (Bee OK), Thursday, 24 February 2011 06:23 (thirteen years ago) link

very cool and informative bold lettering choices

pop the s1ock (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 24 February 2011 06:24 (thirteen years ago) link

lol

that was for me, so i know when the games will be on.

World Series champion San Francisco Giants (Bee OK), Thursday, 24 February 2011 06:27 (thirteen years ago) link

though i'm not even ready for baseball yet.

World Series champion San Francisco Giants (Bee OK), Thursday, 24 February 2011 06:27 (thirteen years ago) link

5 Yankees games shown before the Gints get a sniff.

Mark C, Thursday, 24 February 2011 22:45 (thirteen years ago) link

below are the pre-season games scheduled for MLB network:

Feb. 26 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
Sat., Feb. 26 11:00 p.m. (s)* Colorado Rockies Arizona D-backs
Sun., Feb. 27 3:00 p.m. L.A. Angels of Anaheim Los Angeles Dodgers
Sun., Feb. 27 8:00 p.m. (s) New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies
Mon., Feb. 28 3:00 p.m. Chicago White Sox Los Angeles Dodgers
Mon., Feb. 28 9:30 p.m. (s) Washington Nationals New York Mets
Tues., Mar. 1 3:00 p.m. Cincinnati Reds (ss)** L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Tues., Mar. 1 8:00 p.m. (s) Detroit Tigers (ss) Philadelphia Phillies
Wed., Mar. 2 1 p.m. Houston Astros (ss) New York Yankees
Wed., Mar. 2 9:00 p.m. (s) Kansas City Royals Los Angeles Dodgers
Thurs., Mar. 3 4:00 p.m. (s) St. Louis Cardinals (ss) New York Mets
Thurs., Mar. 3 9:00 p.m. (s) Kansas City Royals L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Fri., Mar. 4 3:00 p.m. Chicago White Sox L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Fri., Mar. 4 7:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Sat., Mar. 5 5:00 p.m. Florida Marlins Boston Red Sox (ss)
Sun., Mar. 6 1:00 p.m. Atlanta Braves Washington Nationals
Sun., Mar. 6 7:00 p.m. (s) Arizona D-backs L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Sun., Mar. 6 11:00 p.m. (s) Toronto Blue Jays Pittsburgh Pirates
Mon., Mar. 7 1:00 p.m. Detroit Tigers New York Mets
Mon., Mar. 7 9:30 p.m. (s) Milwaukee Brewers Cincinnati Reds
Tues., Mar. 8 3:00 p.m. Arizona D-backs Cleveland Indians
Tues., Mar. 8 7:00 p.m. (s) New York Yankees Atlanta Braves
Tues., Mar. 8 11:00 p.m. (s) Texas Rangers L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Wed., Mar. 9 3:00 p.m. Seattle Mariners Los Angeles Dodgers
Wed., Mar. 9 7:00 p.m. Baltimore Orioles (ss) Boston Red Sox
Wed., Mar. 9 11:00 p.m. (s) Houston Astros New York Mets
Thurs., Mar. 10 1:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox Tampa Bay Rays
Thurs., Mar. 10 7:00 p.m. Baltimore Orioles Pittsburgh Pirates
Thurs., Mar. 10 11:00 p.m. (s) San Diego Padres Los Angeles Dodgers
Fri., Mar. 11 3:00 p.m. Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox
Fri., Mar. 11 9:00 p.m. San Francisco Giants San Diego Padres
Sat., Mar. 12 1:00 p.m. Florida Marlins Boston Red Sox
Sat., Mar. 12 7:00 p.m. (s) New York Yankees Washington Nationals
Sat., Mar. 12 11:00 p.m. (s) L.A. Dodgers (ss) San Francisco Giants
Sun., Mar. 13 1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays
Sun., Mar. 13 5:00 p.m. (s) Colorado Rockies Oakland Athletics
Sun., Mar. 13 9:00 p.m. (s) San Francisco Giants Texas Rangers
Mon., Mar. 14 1:00 p.m. Florida Marlins Minnesota Twins
Mon., Mar. 14 4:00 p.m. Oakland Athletics Cleveland Indians
Mon., Mar. 14 10:30 p.m. (s) San Diego Padres Chicago White Sox
Tues., Mar. 15 1:00 p.m. Houston Astros Baltimore Orioles
Tues., Mar. 15 4:00 p.m. Texas Rangers Los Angeles Dodgers
Tues., Mar. 15 10:00 p.m. (s) Milwaukee Brewers Cleveland Indians
Wed., Mar. 16 4:00 p.m. San Francisco Giants Chicago White Sox
Wed., Mar. 16 9:00 p.m. Colorado Rockies Texas Rangers
Thurs., Mar. 17 1:00 p.m. Florida Marlins St. Louis Cardinals
Thurs., Mar. 17 6:00 p.m. Washington Nationals Atlanta Braves
Thurs., Mar. 17 10:00 p.m. Texas Rangers San Diego Padres
Fri., Mar. 18 1:00 p.m. Atlanta Braves New York Mets
Fri., Mar. 18 4:00 p.m. Arizona D-backs Seattle Mariners
Fri., Mar. 18 10:00 p.m. Texas Rangers Cleveland Indians (ss)
Sat., Mar. 19 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies Baltimore Orioles
Sat., Mar. 19 5:00 p.m. (s) Milwaukee Brewers Los Angeles Dodgers
Sat., Mar. 19 9:00 p.m. (s) Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Sun., Mar. 20 1:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox
Sun., Mar. 20 5:00 p.m. (s) New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies
Sun., Mar. 20 11:00 p.m. (s) Detroit Tigers Washington Nationals
Mon., Mar. 21 4:00 p.m. Chicago Cubs L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Mon., Mar. 21 10:30 p.m. (s) New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Tues., Mar. 22 4:00 p.m. Chicago Cubs Los Angeles Dodgers
Tues., Mar. 22 9:00 p.m. (s) New York Mets Detroit Tigers
Wed., Mar. 23 4:00 p.m. (s) Philadelphia Phillies Tampa Bay Rays
Wed., Mar. 23 7:00 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Wed., Mar. 23 12:00 a.m. (s) San Francisco Giants L.A. Angels of Anaheim
Thurs., Mar. 24 1:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals New York Mets
Thurs., Mar. 24 8:00 p.m. (s) Washington Nationals Detroit Tigers
Thurs., Mar. 24 11:00 p.m. (s) Colorado Rockies Los Angeles Dodgers
Fri., Mar. 25 4:00 p.m. Seattle Mariners (ss) Chicago Cubs
Fri., Mar. 25 9:00 p.m. San Francisco Giants Kansas City Royals
Sat., Mar. 26 1:00 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays Philadelphia Phillies (ss)
Sat., Mar. 26 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Twins Boston Red Sox
Sat., Mar. 26 11:00 p.m. (s) Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants (ss)
Sun., Mar. 27 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies Atlanta Braves
Sun., Mar. 27 5:00 p.m. (s) Texas Rangers Seattle Mariners
Sun., Mar. 27 11:00 p.m. (s) Detroit Tigers Houston Astros
Mon., Mar. 28 1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Pirates Minnesota Twins
Mon., Mar. 28 4:00 p.m. Cincinnati Reds Chicago White Sox
Mon., Mar. 28 10:30 p.m. (s) Oakland Athletics San Francisco Giants
Tues., Mar. 29 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Twins Atlanta Braves
Tues., Mar. 29 11:00 p.m. (s) Seattle Mariners Colorado Rockies
Wed., Mar. 30 12:00 p.m. Florida Marlins New York Mets
Wed., Mar. 30 3:00 p.m. (s) Minnesota Twins Atlanta Braves
Wed., Mar. 30 8:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox Houston Astros

*(s) denotes delay **(s) is split squad ***All times subject to change

Andy K, Thursday, 24 February 2011 23:02 (thirteen years ago) link

lol

you missed one Andy :-)

World Series champion San Francisco Giants (Bee OK), Friday, 25 February 2011 05:26 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

uverse added mlb network!

(had to upgrade to u300 so an extra $15/month, but worth it imo)

johnny crunch, Saturday, 12 March 2011 19:35 (thirteen years ago) link

NOW WITH GARY SHEFFIELD

Andy K, Saturday, 12 March 2011 20:46 (thirteen years ago) link

uverse added mlb network!

that is really cool that they were able to add this. now only really Dish Network remains to be signed up.

World Series champion San Francisco Giants (Bee OK), Sunday, 13 March 2011 04:32 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

classique matt vasdeferensvirginsurgeon sonning of harold reynolds:

folks, look that clip up on the internet, we don't have time for that one tonight

sanskrit, Tuesday, 5 April 2011 02:58 (thirteen years ago) link

kevin millar is a trainwreck

cum dude (Princess TamTam), Friday, 8 April 2011 21:54 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

live look-in to royals vs. rangers:

rangers booth announcer goes "location is all about pitching"

sanskrit, Friday, 20 May 2011 02:31 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

kevin millar is a trainwreck

"Intentional Talk" is the worst program on any cable network right now and possibly ever. It makes me very angry watching these two clowns.

van smack, Saturday, 4 June 2011 07:00 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Al Michaels and Bob Costas are doing the Mets vs. Giants game tonight at 7PM.

The first three innings will be fairly basic, with Costas calling the first inning and a half and Michaels the next inning and a half. They'll speak directly to fans of both teams by switching to SportsNet New York's booth for the fourth and fifth innings before taking over ComCast SportsNet Bay Area's broadcast for the sixth and seventh innings (Krukow and Kuiper will handle MLB Network duties during that span). Then it's back to the MLB Network telecast for both Michaels and Costas.

Bee OK, Friday, 8 July 2011 20:13 (thirteen years ago) link

anyone listening?

it has been a pretty cool broadcast.

Bee OK, Saturday, 9 July 2011 02:45 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

MLB Network was just been added to Dish Network for the stretch run, now they have around 75 million people on board:

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/473226-MLB_Network_Slides_Into_Dish.php

Bee OK, Saturday, 3 September 2011 05:27 (twelve years ago) link

don't have cable anymore, so you'll have to tell me if I have a cameo:

http://sabr.org/latest/set-your-dvrs-september-18-behind-seams-stat-story

incredibly middlebrow (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 September 2011 20:07 (twelve years ago) link

eight months pass...

Everytime I see the "GOT HEEM!" commercial I want to kill myself.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 04:16 (twelve years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Many gems:

http://twitter.com/HeardOnMLBT

You hand-manage the game by managing who is on the on deck circle.

When he gets hot, you can literally jump on his back and he can carry you.

This is where Shelby Miller needs to do his best to make the pitch he needs to make.

Andy K, Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:46 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

HeardOnMLBT
I would put it on again. - Harold Reynolds, on BJ Upton bunting with two strikes and a man on first.

Hope someone assembles a clip of irritated/uncomfortable position players attempting to bunt -- between-pitch body language, nervous/pitiful stabs at pitches, etc.

Andy K, Wednesday, 5 June 2013 02:54 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

‏@HeardOnMLBT
"I guarantee you Brandon Phillips cannot spell 'sabermetrics'." - Mitch Williams

@WildThingMLBN
JV @Realjoeyvotto hope u have as much fun as I do messin up words on this. DatDude must have girl thumbs.

Andy K, Thursday, 11 July 2013 22:44 (eleven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BRLRj3RCMAAuMLT.jpg:large

Andy K, Thursday, 8 August 2013 21:27 (ten years ago) link

lol a dude on a dodger board I read made those shirts.

you can get one here -

http://www.redbubble.com/people/gigawatt121/works/10514224-stop-bunting-white-text?c=219445-baseball&ref=work_carousel_work_collection_2

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Thursday, 8 August 2013 21:36 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Heard on MLB Tonight ‏@HeardOnMLBT
Amsinger: "Which National League team would you least like to face in the postseason?" Reynolds: "The Nationals"

Andy K, Friday, 23 August 2013 00:10 (ten years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Heard on MLB Tonight ‏@HeardOnMLBT 3m
"Not bunting is like telling a NFL team they can't throw deep. The bunt is an offensive weapon." - Harold Reynolds (h/t @maxdank420)

Andy K, Friday, 20 September 2013 17:54 (ten years ago) link

six months pass...

@HeardOnMLBT
"I still don't see how [Mark Reynolds] didn't take off as a superstar." - Harold Reynolds

@HeardOnMLBT
"[Mark Reynolds] was hitting close to .300 in Arizona." - Harold Reynolds (he had a .242 AVG for the Diamondbacks)

Andy K, Thursday, 10 April 2014 16:07 (ten years ago) link

And can anyone defend Chris(topher) Russo?

Andy K, Thursday, 10 April 2014 16:08 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

@HeardOnMLBT
"Why do they call it K/9 if they never go 9?" - Harold Reynolds

Andy K, Friday, 2 May 2014 13:19 (ten years ago) link

eight years pass...

the “hall of game connections” trailers on MLB.TV have got. to. go.

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 29 April 2023 21:22 (one year ago) link

I promise you it can’t possibly be as bad as BT Sport ads. They’re even worse this year!

Everybody's gonna get what they got coming (gyac), Saturday, 29 April 2023 21:48 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

this is probably the right thread for this unheimlich conception, slouching towards bethlehem to be born

https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-unveils-new-virtual-ballpark

Tracer Hand, Friday, 7 July 2023 09:10 (one year ago) link

For the inaugural event, the Celebrity Softball Game during All-Star Week, the virtual ballpark will feature a live stream of the game on the virtual ballpark's video board

so you can go to a virtual ballpark to watch a game unfold on a little two-dimensional screen beyond the virtual outfield

Tracer Hand, Friday, 7 July 2023 09:12 (one year ago) link

For the MLB virtual ballpark, that could mean fans talking to each other, walking through the stadium together, meeting in the concourse

have they thought this part through

Tracer Hand, Friday, 7 July 2023 09:13 (one year ago) link


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