MLB Network to Premiere Documentaries “The Third Team: All-Access 2014 World Series” & “Derek Jeter: 2 Witness An Icon”

mlb-networkDecember 10, 2014 – From a crew of umpires calling a remarkable seven-game World Series to a renowned player who thrived in pressure-filled moments, MLB Network will premiere two new documentaries this week that bring viewers behind the scenes of some of baseball’s biggest stages with the debuts of The Third Team: All-Access 2014 World Series this Friday, December 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET and MLB Productions’ Derek Jeter: 2 Witness an Icon tomorrow, December 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

For MLB Network’s second installment of The Third Team, the 90-minute show includes highlights from more than 80 hours of footage and live audio both on and off the field, giving a glimpse at umpires’ personalities and their interactions with members of the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, including during the outburst between Royals catcher Salvador Perez and Giants reliever Hunter Strickland in Game Two. With expanded replay used for the first time in 2014, The Third Team also gives viewers an exclusive look inside the MLB Replay Operations Center during each of the two World Series replay reviews, including the pivotal overturned call at first base during Game Seven.

During the filming of The Third Team, MLB Network spent 11 straight days with the 2014 World Series umpire crew, including veteran World Series umpires Ted Barrett, Jeff Nelson and crew chief Jeff Kellogg, plus four umpires working their first World Series: Eric Cooper, Jerry Meals, Jim Reynolds and second-generation MLB umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. For the first time, MLB Network’s cameras captured exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre calling each umpire to let them know of their World Series assignment, which can be seen here.

In MLB Productions’ Derek Jeter: 2 Witness An Icon, the one-hour special presents some of the most famous moments of Jeter’s 20-year career from the perspectives of those who witnessed the plays first-hand. From the flip play in the 2001 ALDS to his 3,000th hit and the walk-off single at Jeter’s final home game, former manager Joe Torre, former teammates David Cone, John Flaherty, Paul O’Neill, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada, and Jeter himself each share stories of what they saw and experienced first-hand on the field.

Highlights from The Third Team: All-Access 2014 World Series

Joe Torre: “This is what they strive for. Just like when you lace them up in Spring Training as a player and manager, you want to get to October. These guys want to get to October.”

Hunter Wendelstedt: “As an umpire, we have the same passion, the same love for the game that the ballplayers have. We’re not a black-hearted villain. We don’t try to make mistakes. We love the game of baseball more than anybody.”

Jeff Kellogg: “Anytime you have a tough call in the Postseason, it is magnified a thousand times, and depending on the closeness of the game, it can be magnified even more, so the ability to go to replay is huge.”

Highlights of Derek Jeter: 2 Witness An Icon:

Jeter on hitting a home run for his 3,000 hit: “You feel a sense of relief, and then you can’t believe what just happened.”

Jorge Posada on the flip play in Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS: “We do practice this in Spring Training, especially on large fields with large foul territories, so six months earlier we were practicing it and he still has it on his mind.”

Paul O’Neill on Jeter’s walk-off home run in Game Four of the 2001 World Series: “You don’t see a lot of emotion in Jeter’s career, you saw a lot there. … Because it became November, is it more memorable? Possibly. But World Series game-winning home run, that says enough itself. It was the most exciting baseball I think I ever remember.”

Rob McGlarry Named President of MLB Network

mlb-networkDecember 9, 2014, Secaucus, N.J. – MLB Network today announced that longtime baseball executive and current network EVP Rob McGlarry was named president of MLB Network, reporting to MLB President of Business and Media Bob Bowman effective immediately. McGlarry succeeds Tony Petitti in the role, following Petitti’s appointment as Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball.

“Rob McGlarry is the right person to extend the successes of MLB Network, and he is ideally suited to integrate the Network with MLB’s other media assets,” said Bowman.

“I’m incredibly proud of all that MLB Network has achieved in its first six years,” said Petitti. “Rob McGlarry is one of the most talented and experienced executives in the business, and I know MLB Network will only continue to thrive and grow under Rob’s leadership.”

McGlarry, who will have oversight of all day-to-day operations of the network, has been an executive at MLB Network since its launch in 2009, first as SVP of Programming and Business Affairs and most recently as EVP, Content. He has been instrumental in the network’s affiliate relations, including its recent distribution renewals, as well as its programming and on-air production.

Prior to joining MLB Network, McGlarry worked at Major League Baseball from 2003-2008. As VP of Broadcasting Business Affairs, McGlarry played a key role in negotiating MLB’s broadcasting deals and the landmark agreements to create and launch MLB Network.

 

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 Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award Winners To Be Unveiled on Saturday, Dec. 6

 mlb-networkComprehensive Voting Selected Top Players, Pitchers, Plays & Moments from the 2014 MLB Regular Season & Postseason

            Dec. 4, 2014, New York & Secaucus – The Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards, which have honored the best players and must-see moments following each of the past 12 seasons, will be announced exclusively on MLB Network and MLB.com during a show hosted by Greg Amsinger, former Major Leaguer Bill Ripken and former Major League general manager Jim Duquette on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The GIBBY Awards represent baseball’s most comprehensive award-balloting process based on nearly two months of voting, encompassing the entire awards season. All votes came from local and national reporters and broadcasters, club front-office personnel, former players and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) members, as well as fan balloting at MLB.com and the 30 Club websites across computers, smartphones and tablets.

This year’s GIBBY Awards feature winners in 25 categories. Individual honors will go to the Most Valuable Major Leaguer, in addition to the year’s best starting pitcher, everyday player, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout everyday player, breakout pitcher, bounceback player, defensive player, manager, executive and Postseason MVP. Each award was voted on without league-affiliation restrictions to recognize the best in Major League Baseball. GIBBY trophies also will be awarded to the year’s top regular season play, outfield throw, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 Topic, regular season moment, Postseason storyline, Postseason walk-off and Postseason play.

Up for consideration for the Most Valuable Major Leaguer award are Madison Bumgarner (SF), Clayton Kershaw (LAD) and Mike Trout (LAA), while nominees for Manager of the Year include Bruce Bochy (SF), Buck Showalter (BAL) and Ned Yost (KC). Candidates for Defensive Player of the Year include Alex Gordon (KC), Juan Lagares (NYM) and Andrelton Simmons (ATL).

The complete list of categories and nominee video highlights from MLB.com’s Must C reels may be found at MLB.com/gibbys.

MLB Network Set to Air Most-Ever Coverage of Winter Meetings

mlb-networkWall-to-Wall Programming Begins This Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET Featuring Insiders

Peter Gammons, Jon Heyman, Ken Rosenthal & Joel Sherman

December 3, 2014 – With one of Major League Baseball’s most anticipated offseason events approaching, MLB Network today announced it will televise more than 45 live hours of coverage over five days at the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego next week, including interviews with managers and general managers throughout the league. The schedule will represent the most live coverage of the Winter Meetings in MLB Network’s six-year history.

Starting with MLB Tonight this Sunday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET, MLB Network will feature updates and analysis on the latest trade and free agency rumors and news across all of its programming, led by its team of insiders including Peter Gammons (@pgammo), Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS), Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) and Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1).

From Monday, December 8 through Thursday, December 11, Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds and Ron Darling will co-host Hot Stove, television’s only morning show dedicated to baseball, live at 11:00 a.m. ET, immediately followed by High Heat with Christopher Russo from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Tonight, MLB Network’s signature studio show, will air each day live at 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. ET, featuring hosts Greg Amsinger and Chris Rose (@ChrisRose), analysts Ryan Dempster, Kevin Millar (@KMillar15), Dan Plesac (@Plesac19), Harold Reynolds, John Smoltz, and guest analyst and former MLB general manager Dan O’Dowd. MLB Tonight will air live at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 11.

MLB Now, hosted by Brian Kenny with Ron Darling, Ryan Dempster, Peter Gammons, Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman, will air at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET from Monday, December 8 through Wednesday, December 10. On-site editions of Intentional Talk, co-hosted by Chris Rose and Kevin Millar will air live at 5:00 p.m. ET from Monday, December 8 through Wednesday December 10, and at 2:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 12.

MLB Network will also televise the 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era election results announcement on Monday, December 8 live at 2:00 p.m. ET. Candidates on the ballot include Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills.

Leading up to the Winter Meetings, MLB Network will debut MLB Network Roundtable presented by Delta Airlines: State of the Game this Friday, December 5, 9:00 p.m. ET. The latest edition in this roundtable series features Bob Costas, Dan Plesac, Bill Ripken, Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci reviewing the 2014 MLB season, including expanded replay, major player contracts, the rise of the modern bullpen, and proposed pace-of-play initiatives, plus a look ahead to the 2015 season.

MLB Network’s complete programming schedule is available at MLBNetwork.com.

Carlos Pena Joins MLB Network as Studio Analyst

mlb-networkDecember 1, 2014 – MLB Network today announced that after a 14-year career, Carlos Pena has joined its roster of on-air talent as a studio analyst. Pena, who served as a guest analyst on MLB Network during the 2014 and 2009 Postseasons, will appear across MLB Network’s studio programming and make his debut on MLB Now and MLB Tonight this Thursday, December 4.  

“I am thrilled to be joining MLB Network, working alongside many guys that I have gotten to know throughout my playing career. It’s an exciting opportunity and I’m eager to get started,” said Pena.

Pena, a 2009 American League All-Star and 2008 Gold Glove Award winner, hit 286 home runs and 818 RBI in his career. Pena hit more than 25 home runs in six different seasons, including 46 in 2007 when he won the Silver Slugger Award for American League first basemen as well as the American League Comeback Player of the Year Award. As a member of the 2008 American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays, Pena finished the season tied for the most home runs in the American League with 39. A first baseman and designated hitter, Pena broke into MLB and played this past season with the Texas Rangers (2001, 2014) and also spent time with the Oakland Athletics (2002), Detroit Tigers (2002 – 2005), Boston Red Sox (2006), Tampa Bay Rays (2007 – 2010, 2012), Chicago Cubs (2011), Houston Astros (2013) and Kansas City Royals (2013).

Coming Next Week on MLB Network: The Return of “Hot Stove” & End-of-Season Awards Announcements

mlb-networkOffseason Studio Programming Begins Monday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Awards Coverage Includes BBWAA Awards, Players Choice Awards,

Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards, Silver Slugger Awards & MLB.com GIBBY Awards

October 30, 2014 – Fresh off its extensive coverage of the 2014 World Series, MLB Network’s offseason programming begins with an expanded schedule on Monday, November 3 as High Heat with Christopher Russo and MLB Now, hosted by Brian Kenny, continue year-round.

Weekdays in the offseason on MLB Network will include a full slate of studio shows, beginning with Hot Stove presented by Sports Authority, now in its third season and hosted by Matt Vasgersian and Harold Reynolds live at 9:00 a.m. ET. The afternoons feature High Heat presented by Liberty Mutual, MLB Now presented by the U.S. Army, and Intentional Talk presented by The Marines with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar. MLB Network’s signature studio show, MLB Tonight presented by Kay Jewelers, will continue to provide the latest news and interviews around the league live at 6:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Network will provide exclusive coverage of end-of-season awards announcements throughout the next several weeks, starting with the winners of the Players Choice Awards presented by PlayStation on Monday, November 3. Later in the week, MLB Network will host the announcement of the finalists for the BBWAA Awards on Tuesday, November 4, followed by the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards on Wednesday, November 5, and the Silver Slugger Awards presented by Louisville Slugger on Thursday, November 6. Beginning on Monday, November 10, MLB Network will dedicate the entire week to the BBWAA Awards and the exclusive announcements of the winners of the Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards. Coming in December, MLB Network and MLB.com will host the announcement of the winners of the 13th annual MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards.

As announced earlier this week, live baseball coverage will continue this offseason as many of the game’s elite prospects can be seen on MLB Network and MLB.com in Arizona Fall League games televised and simulcast online starting tomorrow, October 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET. MLB Network’s daily offseason programming schedule can be found here.

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.