MLB Network Set for Wall-to-Wall World Series Coverage

mlb-networkMLB NETWORK SET FOR WALL-TO-WALL WORLD SERIES COVERAGE

World Series Champions Al Leiter, Kevin Millar, John Smoltz, Ryan Dempster & Mark DeRosa

Among Analysts On-Site & In-Studio

On-Site Schedule Expands to Include High Heat with Christopher Russo & MLB Now

           Secaucus, N.J., October 17, 2014 – With the World Series matchup set, MLB Network’s studio shows will hit the road as part of its expanded on-site programming starting this Monday, October 20 in Kansas City. MLB Network’s extensive coverage of the AL Champion Kansas City Royals and NL champion San Francisco Giants will include previews, analysis, highlights and interviews on High Heat with Christopher Russo, MLB Now, Intentional Talk and the flagship program MLB Tonight before and after every game.

MLB Tonight’s on-site coverage will be anchored by Greg Amsinger, Brian Kenny and Matt Vasgersian with analysis from Sean Casey, 2010 World Series champion Mark DeRosa, 1993 and 1997 World Series champion Al Leiter, Dan Plesac and 1995 World Series champion John Smoltz. Studio coverage during MLB Tonight throughout the World Series will be anchored by Scott Braun, Fran Charles and Paul Severino with analysis from Eric Byrnes, 2013 World Series champion Ryan Dempster, Cliff Floyd, Darryl Hamilton and Bill Ripken. This marks the first World Series that both DeRosa and Dempster will cover as analysts.

Airing live daily from each World Series ballpark is MLB Network’s afternoon lineup of High Heat with Christopher Russo presented by Liberty Mutual, MLB Now presented by the U.S. Army, hosted by Brian Kenny, and Intentional Talk presented by the U.S. Army, hosted by Chris Rose and 2004 World Series champion Kevin Millar.

MLB Network’s coverage of the World Series is part of 200 hours of live coverage of the 2014 Postseason. MLB Tonight presented by Bacardi will air before and after every World Series game with reporters including Peter Gammons, who is covering his 42nd World Series, Heidi Watney and Matt Yallof on-site at each ballpark. MLB Network’s daily World Series programming schedule is available here.

MLB Network will keep its social media followers updated with the latest news, photos, quotes, interview clips and highlights using #MLBTonight, #Postseason and #WorldSeries through its presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Fans can also stay up to date by following MLB Network’s on-air personalities on Twitter.

 

NLDS Game Two, Cardinals at Dodgers, on MLB Network This Saturday

mlb-networkGAME TWO OF THE 2014 NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES

FEATURING THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AT LOS ANGELES DODGERS

TO AIR EXCLUSIVELY ON MLB NETWORK THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 AT 9:37 P.M. ET

MLB Network Postseason Coverage Includes Two Exclusive LDS Game Telecasts and

200 Hours of Live Postseason Programming, Including MLB Tonight Before & After Every Game

Secaucus, N.J., September 29, 2014 – MLB Network will exclusively televise Game Two of the National League Division Series featuring the St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers with Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal on the call this Saturday, October 4 at 9:37 p.m. ET, live from Dodger Stadium. The telecast will be available across the country exclusively on MLB Network, including in the Cardinals’ and Dodgers’ home TV territories. Local channel listings are available at www.FindMLBNetwork.com.

MLB Network will exclusively televise a second NLDS game on Monday, October 6 between the Washington Nationals and the winner of the National League Wild Card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants. The game will also be available nationwide and in each club’s home TV territory on MLB Network. 2014 marks the third consecutive year that MLB Network will exclusively televise two Division Series games. MLB Network’s two game telecasts will be presented by Geico.

In each game telecast, MLB Network will employ its innovative real-time defensive alignment graphic “Shift Trax,” which debuted on MLB Network Showcase this season, as well as PITCHf/x, enhanced audio at each base, and 4K (Ultra HD) and X-Mo camera technology to provide dramatically increased resolution and clarity to replays. MLB Network previously used both camera technologies during its coverage of the 2013 LDS and World Baseball Classic, as well as MLB Network Showcase game productions in 2014 and 2013.

MLB Network will also bring back new versions of its Emmy-nominated opener, “A Field of Dreamers,” and the Emmy-winning piece “The Scrapbook,” which will air prior to both of its NLDS game telecasts. Using rotoscope technology, “A Field of Dreamers” brings players from Postseason teams, including Miguel Cabrera, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Jones and Andrew McCutchen, to life on the famous “Field of Dreams” baseball diamond. “The Scrapbook” creates an animated collection of iconic images from Postseasons past, updated to include David Ortiz’s grand slam from the 2013 ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers.

Exclusive performance footage of the song “Fire” by Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling recording artist Gavin DeGraw will be featured in all studio programming on MLB Network throughout the Postseason. The track is off DeGraw’s album FINEST HOUR: THE BEST OF GAVIN DEGRAW, set to be released on October 21 on RCA Records.

MLB Network will air 200 hours of live coverage of the 2014 Postseason, including game previews, highlights, analysis, interviews and press conferences across all studio programming. MLB Tonight presented by Bacardi will air before and after every Postseason game with reporters including Scott Braun, Kristina Fitzpatrick, Peter Gammons, Ken Rosenthal, Sam Ryan, Heidi Watney and Matt Yallof on-site at each ballpark. MLB Network’s daily Postseason programming schedule, including High Heat with Christopher Russo presented by Liberty Mutual, The Rundown, Intentional Talk and MLB Now presented by the U.S. Army, and MLB Tonight, is available here.

MLB Network will keep its social media followers updated with the latest news, photos, quotes, interview clips and highlights using #MLBTonight, #Postseason and #WorldSeries through its presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Fans can also stay up to date by following MLB Network’s on-air personalities on Twitter.

MLB Network to Televise Derek Jeter’s Final Regular Season Home Game on Thursday, Sept. 25

mlb-networkFinal Week of the Regular Season Begins with a Monday Doubleheader Featuring Pirates at Braves & Giants at Dodgers

Secaucus, N.J., September 19, 2014 –  As part of MLB Network’s live game schedule for the last week of the 2014 regular season, Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Tom Verducci will call Derek Jeter’s final regular season home game when the New York Yankees host the AL East division champion Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET, live from Yankee Stadium. MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds will also make an in-booth appearance. Current MLB All-Stars, former teammates and top athletes from other professional sports, including Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning and Jimmie Johnson, will look back at Jeter’s career in features leading up to and during MLB Network’s telecast.

MLB Network’s live game schedule next week begins with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who lead the second NL Wild Card spot by three and a half games over the Milwaukee Brewers, taking on the Atlanta Braves on Monday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Following the game, the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers host the NL Wild Card-leading San Francisco Giants in a division battle at 10:00 p.m. ET. The remainder of MLB Network’s live game schedule for the regular season will be announced next week.

With the 2014 Postseason scheduled to start on Tuesday, September 30, MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning flagship program MLB Tonight will continue to bring viewers its signature live look-ins at games in progress, news and analysis seven days a week. MLB Network’s game schedule through September 25 is available here, continuing the lead up to MLB Network’s exclusive telecasts of two National League Division Series games on Saturday, October 4 and Monday, October 6. Games will be blacked out in each team’s home television territory unless otherwise announced. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming.

10 Pennant Chase Games in 6 Days Start Monday on MLB Network

mlb-networkWILD CARD RACES IN THE SPOTLIGHT DURING MLB NETWORK’S LIVE GAME SCHEDULE FROM SEPTEMBER 15 – 20

 

Postseason-Contending Angels, Athletics, Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants, Mariners and Nationals All in Action

Secaucus, N.J., September 11, 2014 – Ten pennant chase games will be featured across six days on MLB Network from September 15 – 20. Highlights include:

  • The NL East-leading Washington Nationals visit the Atlanta Braves, who trail the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second NL Wild Card spot by one and a half games, on Monday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Following the game, AL MVP candidate Mike Trout and the MLB-leading Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim host the Seattle Mariners, who trail the Detroit Tigers by a half-game for the second AL Wild Card, at 10:00 p.m. ET. The Mariners and Angels will meet again on Tuesday, September 16 on MLB Network at 10:00 p.m. ET.
  • West Coast pennant chase baseball will be on display beginning with the NL Wild Card-leading San Francisco Giants matching up against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, September 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Josh Donaldson and the AL Wild Card-leading Oakland Athletics play home to the Texas Rangers on Thursday, September 18 at 3:30 p.m. ET, and the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, September 20 at 4:00 p.m. ET. The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers travel to Wrigley Field to face the Chicago Cubs on Friday, September 19 at 2:15pm ET.
  • The NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals, who are looking to win their second straight division title, take on the Milwaukee Brewers, who trail the Pirates by one and a half games for the second NL Wild Card spot, on Thursday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET, live from Busch Stadium.
  • NL MVP candidate Buster Posey and the Giants visit Petco Park to take on the San Diego Padres on Friday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

With the 2014 Postseason less than three weeks away, MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning flagship program MLB Tonight will continue to bring viewers its signature live look-ins at games in progress, news and analysis seven days a week. MLB Network’s game schedule through September 20, which continues the lead up to MLB Network’s exclusive telecasts of two Division Series games this Postseason, is available here. Games will be blacked out in each team’s home television territory unless otherwise announced. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming.

A’s, Angels, Dodgers & Nationals on MLB Network Showcase This Week

mlb-networkMLB NETWORK SHOWCASE LABOR DAY MATCHUP PART OF LIVE GAME SCHEDULE FROM SEPTEMBER 1 – 14

Postseason-Contending Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles and St. Louis

Featured in September 8 Tripleheader

Game Action Continues This Week with Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Tom Verducci Calling Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tomorrow at 10:00 p.m. ET

Secaucus, N.J., August 27, 2014 – With less than five weeks left in the regular season, MLB Network will feature a Labor Day prime time showdown and key matchups with Postseason implications in its live game schedule from September 1 – 14. Highlights include:

  • Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Tom Verducci will call two MLB Network Showcase games on the West Coast over the next week, beginning with the first matchup of a pivotal four-game AL West series between the first-place Angels and second-place Athletics tomorrow, August 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET, live from Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The action continues when MLB Network Showcase visits Dodger Stadium for the first time this season as the East-leading Washington Nationals, who have won 12 of their last 15 games, take on the West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
  • Jonathan Lucroy and the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers look to increase their division lead when they host the second-place St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Cardinals currently trail the Brewers by one and a half games.
  • Monday, September 8 features a tripleheader beginning with Albert Pujols and the Angels taking on the Cleveland Indians at 1:00 p.m. ET, followed by an AL Central battle featuring the first-place Kansas City Royals,who are looking to return to the Postseason for the first time since 1985, visiting the second-place Detroit Tigers at 4:00 p.m. ET. The Cincinnati Reds will host the Cardinals in the finale of the tripleheader at 7:00 p.m. ET.
  • Four afternoon games will be featured during the first two weeks of September, including the AL East first-place Baltimore Orioles, who are looking to win their first division title since 1997, hosting the New York Yankees on Friday, September 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

As the 2014 Postseason approaches, MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning flagship program MLB Tonight will continue to bring viewers its signature live look-ins at games in progress, news and analysis seven days a week. MLB Network’s game schedule through September 14, which continues the lead up to MLB Network’s exclusive telecasts of two Division Series games this Postseason, is available here. Games will be blacked out in each team’s home television territory unless otherwise announced. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming.

About MLB Network:

MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring the multiple Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight,live regular season and Postseason game telecasts, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Jim Kaat, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network debuted on January 1, 2009 in a record-setting 50 million homes and is currently distributed in approximately 70 million homes throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.MLBNetwork.com.

2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to Air Exclusively on MLB Network

mlb-network2014 NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY AIRS EXCLUSIVELY

ON MLB NETWORK THIS SUNDAY, JULY 27

Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Joe Torre Make Up 2014 Induction Class

Amsinger, Gammons, Reynolds & Smoltz Anchor On-Site Coverage Beginning Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET

Secaucus, N.J., July 23, 2014 – As a record-tying six living inductees will be honored this weekend in Cooperstown, New York, MLB Network will exclusively televise the ceremony as Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Joe Torre are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27. Live on-site coverage anchored by MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Hall of Fame award-winning writer Peter Gammons, Harold Reynolds and John Smoltz will begin with MLB Tonight on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET, including exclusive interviews by Bob Costas with all six electees,followed by the induction ceremony at 1:30 p.m. ET.

MLB Network’s exclusive live telecast of the Induction Ceremony will include the acceptance speeches by Glavine, Maddux and Thomas, the three electees from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America vote in January, as well as World Series-winning managers Cox, La Russa and Torre, who were elected via the Expansion Era Committee ballot in December. The induction ceremony will also feature the introductions of an expected 56 returning Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, Whitey Ford and Cal Ripken Jr.

Leading into its live coverage on Sunday, MLB Network will air the 2014 Hall of Fame Awards Presentation at 11:00 a.m. ET. The presentation, which will be held on Saturday, July 26 in Cooperstown and hosted by Greg Amsinger, will honor author Roger Angell with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for his contributions to baseball writing; Texas Rangers announcer Eric Nadel with the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting. Joe Garagiola, the winner of the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, will be unable to attend but will accept his award in absentia.

MLB Network’s live coverage of the Induction Ceremony will be simulcast on MLB.com and BaseballHall.org. MLB Network will make footage of the ceremony available live via satellite and additional details on the satellite feed will be sent to media from MLB Network.

The Hall of Fame’s 2014 election results were announced on January 8 live from MLB Network’s studios for the sixth consecutive year and aired exclusively on MLB Network and MLB.com.

MLB Network Presents Live & New Original Programming Throughout All-Star Week

mlb-networkMLB NETWORK PRESENTS LIVE & NEW ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING THROUGHOUT

2014 ALL-STAR WEEK 

Top Prospects Showcased in MLB Network’s First Telecast of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 13 

Wall-to-Wall Coverage of the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis Starting Monday, July 14 

Triple-A All-Star Game to Air Live on Wednesday, July 16 from Durham, NC 

New Specials – Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker and “Field of Dreams”: Twenty-Five Years Later – Debut Thursday, July 17 

July 7, 2014 – To mark Major League Baseball’s 2014 All-Star Game, MLB Network will air live and new original programming throughout All-Star Week, anchored by live coverage from Target Field in Minneapolis featuring Greg AmsingerSean CaseyPeter GammonsBrian KennyAl LeiterKevin MillarDan PlesacHarold ReynoldsChris RoseKen Rosenthal, John Smoltz, Tom Verducci, Heidi Watney and Matt Yallof. Programming highlights include

  • Signature coverage of the 2014 All-Star Game and Gillette Home Run Derby

o    The 2014 Midsummer Classic will be front and center on MLB Network starting with live coverage of All-Star media day on Monday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET as All-Star managers John Farrell and Mike Matheny announce the starting pitchers for the American League and National League.

o    Coverage will shift to the ballpark with four hours of shows live from batting practice for the Gillette Home Run Derby at Target Field, starting with High Heat with Christopher Russo at 4:00 p.m. ET, Intentional Talk presented by Dairy Queen with Kevin Millar and Chris Rose at 5:00 p.m. ET, and MLB Tonight presented by Firestone at 6:00 p.m. ET, plus a highlight-filled MLB Tonight after the Home Run Derby.

o    On Tuesday, July 15, MLB Network will highlight all of the 2014 All-Stars as they make their way to Target Field on theAll-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet at 3:00 p.m. ET, followed by High Heat with Christopher Russo at4:00 p.m. ET, Intentional Talk presented by Dairy Queen at 5:00 p.m. ET and MLB Tonight presented by Firestone at6:00 p.m. ET on-field leading up to and immediately following the 85th All-Star Game.

o    Throughout All-Star Week, MLB Network will share behind-the-scenes photos from its sets at Target Field and the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show via its TwitterFacebook and Instagram pages. MLB Network will once again use Twitter Mirror to provide an all-access look at the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show and SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game where All-Stars and Futures Game participants can take a photo of themselves, sign an autograph or message and tweet it via @MLBNetwork using #ASGRedCarpet and #FuturesGame. Viewers will also be given the opportunity to interact with players during the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show by submitting questions to @MLBNetwork on Twitter. Select questions will be chosen and asked to players during the telecast.

o    Exclusive footage of the band The Hold Steady, known for its Minneapolis roots, will be featured throughout MLB Network’s All-Star Week programming, including video filmed at a performance in Minnesota last week.

  • Two chances to see future All-Stars in action

o    MLB Network will televise the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game for the first time on Sunday, July 13 at 5:00 p.m. ETwith Matt Vasgersian, Sean Casey, Heidi Watney and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo on the call live from Target Field. Comprised of players from all levels of Minor League Baseball, the U.S. and World teams feature 15 former first round draft picks, six players picked in Compensation Round A and five second round picks.

o    The 27th annual Triple-A All-Star Game will be televised live on MLB Network for the fifth time on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET with MLB Network’s Paul Severino, Darryl Hamilton, Sam Ryan and Baseball America editor-in-chief John Manuel on the call from Durham Bulls Athletic Ballpark in Durham, North Carolina.

  • Bob Uecker & Kevin Costner featured in new original programming

o    Some of the biggest names in baseball and television –  including Hank Aaron, Bob Costas, Dick Ebersol, Tim McCarver, Al Michaels, “Major League” director David Ward and Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig – come together to share stories about the Milwaukee Brewers’ beloved radio broadcaster in Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker onThursday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Narrated by actor Tom Berenger, the hour-long special looks back on Uecker’s brief career as a Major League catcher and his enduring 43-year broadcasting career, including new interviews with Uecker himself and highlights from “Major League,” his Miller Lite commercials, and his many appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.”

o    MLB Network’s Bob Costas interviews award-winning actor Kevin Costner about his role in one of the most beloved baseball films in ”Field of Dreams”: Twenty-Five Years Later. Filmed last month on the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa at the 25th anniversary celebration of the film’s release, Costner recounts stories of the making of the film in this one-hour special. Also featured are Costner’s “Field of Dreams” co-stars Timothy Busfield (Mark) and Dwier Brown(John Kinsella), with whom Costner recreates their famous catch in the final scene of the film. “Field of Dreams”: Twenty-Five Years Later premieres on July 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET. 

MLB Network July Games Include July 4th Matchup & Uecker In-Booth with Costas

mlb-networkINDEPENDENCE DAY MORNING matchup AND key intra-divisional battles headline MLB NETWORK’S JULY GAME SCHEDULE

Hall of Fame Award-Winning Broadcaster Bob Uecker to Make Guest Booth Appearance with Bob Costas on MLB Network Showcase on July 11                                                                                                           

Secaucus, N.J., June 26, 2014 – As teams look to identify themselves as buyers or sellers leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, MLB Network’s July game schedule  will feature key intra-divisional games, a July 4th National League morning matchup, and Interleague games showcasing the league’s best teams: Highlights include:

  • The NL-leading Milwaukee Brewers, who have posted an NL best 15-9 record in June, visit Jose Bautista and the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET, live from the Rogers Centre. MLB Network Showcase  will feature the Brewers hosting the St. Louis Cardinals in an NL Central showdown on Friday, July 11 at 8:00p.m. ET, with Hall of Fame award-winning broadcaster Bob Uecker scheduled to make a guest booth appearance with Bob Costas during the game.
  • The MLB action on Independence Day, Friday, July 4, begins when the NL East-leading Washington Nationals host the Chicago Cubs at 11:00 a.m. ET. Later in the day, MLB Tonight will air live at 4:00 p.m. ET followed by Quick Pitch, MLB Network’s highlights show of record, recapping the great fielding and scoring plays from the day.
  • Every Division-leading and Wild Card-leading team will be featured, including the AL Central-first place Detroit Tigers hosting Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. ET, and again on Wednesday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Later that week, the Oakland Athletics visit the San Francisco Giants in a Bay Area showdown on Thursday, July 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
  • MLB Network Showcase features four games in July, including the NL Wild Card-leading Cardinals and Dodgers meeting on Friday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET, live from Busch Stadium with Bob Costas, Tom Verducci and Sam Ryan on the call.

25 Different Teams in Action on MLB Network in June

mlb-networkEVERY DIVISION LEADER AND FIVE MLB NETWORK SHOWCASE MATCHUPS FEATURED IN MLB NETWORK’S JUNE GAME SCHEDULE

American League-Leading Oakland Athletics Featured in Five Games Starting Tuesday, June 3               

image003Secaucus, N.J., May 27, 2014 – As teams try to distance themselves from the pack leading up to the All-Star Break, MLB Network’s June game schedule features 25 different teams, including every division leader, and live games six days per week. Highlights include:

  • The Oakland Athletics, with the best record in the American League, are featured in five games throughout June, including a matchup against the Yankees on Thursday, June 5 at 1:00 p.m. ET, leading up to MLB Network’s coverage of the MLB Draft at 6:00 p.m. ET.
  • MLB stars Jose Bautista, Yadier Molina, Mike Trout and Troy Tulowitzki will all be in action, including when the Colorado Rockies host the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, June 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
  •   MLB Network Showcase make its first stops of the season in Cincinnati, Detroit and Texas, beginning with the Red Sox visiting Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers on Friday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET with Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci on the call.

Costas Moderates Expert Panel on “MLB Network Roundtable: The Pitching Dilemma”

mlb-networkExpert Panel Headlines MLB Network Roundtable: The Pitching Dilemma

On Widespread Pitching Injuries in MLB This Season

Bob Costas Moderates Panel Discussion with Dr. David Altchek, Tom House, Jim Kaat,

John Smoltz & Tom Verducci

Exclusive One-on-One Interview with Dr. James Andrews & Costas

Covers the Current Prevalence of Elbow Injuries in Youth Baseball

 

May 8, 2014With 17 Major Leaguers having undergone Tommy John surgery so far this year, MLB Network assembled an expert panel to examine the prevalence of elbow injuries among MLB pitchers and what it means for the future of the game. In MLB Network Roundtable presented by Delta Airlines: The Pitching Dilemma, Bob Costas moderates a roundtable discussion with Hospital for Special Surgery Co-Chief of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service Dr. David Altchek; pitching expert Tom House; Jim Kaat, who pitched more than 4,500 innings and 180 complete games in his 25-year career;1996 NL Cy Young Award winner John Smoltz, who had Tommy John surgery in 2000 and finished his career as the only pitcher with 200 wins and 150 saves; and MLB Network insider Tom Verducci, who has covered the topic extensively.

Costas also hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, one of the foremost authorities on Tommy John surgery, to discuss his latest research on the biggest risk factors for elbow injuries among young pitchers before they reach the Major League level.

The one-hour program airs this Saturday, May 10, immediately following MLB Network’s 1:00 p.m. ET telecast of the Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers game, and on Sunday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET. A clip from the program is available here and quotes from the program are transcribed below:

Dr. James Andrews on what causes elbow injuries:

“The basic thing that parents out there and coaches and players alike need to know is if you throw with fatigue at a young age – in high school, for example, or youth baseball – you have a 36-to-1 chance of injuring your shoulder or elbow. … Fatigue could be event fatigue, seasonal fatigue or year-round fatigue, so it’s a big problem.”

“What we really found out is that [high school patients] only had one week off each year from competitive baseball and that one week was – you could guess what – between Christmas and New Year’s. So they’re playing year-round baseball – that’s the number one risk factor in youth baseball.”

“If you take a coat hanger and you bend it enough times, what happens? It breaks clean, and then of course that injury didn’t begin with that last bend, it began with all of those multiple, multiple bends. It’s a developmental ligament and the stress that it will take is only about 80-miles per hour, so our high-velocity throwers in high school – unless they’ve got great genetics – are really suspect to really injure their ligament along the way.”

On what can be done to prevent future elbow injuries:

Tom House: “We’re designed to throw on flat ground. … What happens to kids today? They pitch too much year-round and they don’t throw enough. … They only time they throw is in a practice or a game, and the pitcher’s are [throwing] off the mound. … Let them play on flat ground. Let them throw stuff, throw anything. Stay off the mound except for game day, throw as much as you can on flat ground the rest of the time.”

Jim Kaat: “I had pitched nine innings against [Tommy John] in Chicago and the next day I’m at the mound throwing. Not pitching, [but] exercising. He’s running his laps and he said, ‘What are you doing? You pitched nine innings. You can’t do that.’ I said, ‘Well, I throw every day. It will rust out before it will wear out.’ Well, when he had the surgery, he called me and said, ‘Guess what Dr. [Frank] Jobe told me to do?’ He got his wife in the backyard and played catch every day. Throw a little more – I think that’s one thing that’s lacking.”

On the recent increase in Tommy John surgeries:

Dr. Andrews: “It’s really depressing to go in and see the number of high school kids coming in with this injury. At this point in my career I’m probably seeing more high school kids with a ulnar collateral ligament injury than I am with college and pros.”

Dr. David Altchek: “It’s a constant struggle in terms of trying to treat any of these athletes conservatively with this injury.”

John Smoltz: “A lot of those [success rate] numbers that we see are a little skewed – they make you want to grasp something. They want to say, ‘If you’re going to make it to the big leagues, follow these guys who were successful.’ But I had my surgery after 2,400+ innings in the big leagues [and] I knew how to get back to the big leagues. I feel sorry for the Single-A, Double-A players.”

Tom Verducci: “As more people get the surgery – we know that’s happening – that means that more people don’t come back.”