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.”

Civil Rights Game & Weekday Tripleheader Highlight May Game Schedule

mlb-networkCIVIL RIGHTS GAME AND WEEKDAY TRIPLEHEADER HIGHLIGHT MLB NETWORK’S MAY GAME SCHEDULE

Bob Costas, Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds, John Smoltz, Sam Ryan & Tom Verducci to Call Four MLB Network Showcase Games               

Secaucus, N.J., April 24, 2014 – Major League Baseball stars Bryce Harper, Derek Jeter, Andrew McCutchen and Mike Trout will be featured throughout MLB Network’s live May game schedule, which includes:

  • Prime time games on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, featuring division matchups, interleague rivalries, and four MLB Network Showcase games, including the Washington Nationals against the Pittsburgh Pirates live from PNC Park on Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
  • Afternoon games on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, featuring 20 different teams, including the Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays.
  • A Tripleheader on Thursday, May 8, featuring the Houston Astros visiting the Detroit Tigers at 1:00 p.m. ET, followed by the Tampa Bay Rays hosting the Baltimore Orioles at 7:00 p.m. ET, and ending with the San Francisco Giants taking on rival Los Angeles Dodgers at 10:00 p.m. ET.
  • A Memorial Day prime time showdown featuring the Cincinnati Reds against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, May 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Ø  The MLB Network Showcase telecast of the eighth installment of the Civil Rights Game on Thursday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET, featuring the Houston Astros hosting the Baltimore Orioles. Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds and Sam Ryan will call the game, which pays tribute to those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Americans.

Ryan Dempster Joins MLB Network

mlb-nlogo2013 World Series Winner to Make On-Air Debut Tomorrow at Wrigley Field’s 100th Anniversary

MLB Network to Televise Wednesday’s Diamondbacks at Cubs Game at 2:00 p.m. ET

Secaucus, N.J., April 22, 2014 – MLB Network today announced that veteran MLB pitcher Ryan Dempster has joined its roster of on-air talent as an analyst. A frequent guest on MLB Tonightand Intentional Talkwith Chris Rose and Kevin Millar, Dempster will appear across MLB Network’s studio programming and make his debut tomorrow, April 23 live from Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary celebration during High Heat with Christopher Russo at 1:00 p.m. ET and Intentional Talk at 5:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Network’s coverage of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary on Wednesday will also include the national telecast of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs game at 2:00 p.m. ET (game subject to local blackouts).

A two-time National League All-Star, Dempster won 132 games and saved 87 games during 16 seasons as a starter and a reliever. He pitched 200 innings or more in seven seasons, including two seasons with over 200 strikeouts. Dempster began his career with the Florida Marlins (1998-2002) and Cincinnati Reds (2002-2003), and after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2003, Dempster spent nine seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2004-2012) before joining the Texas Rangers (2012). After starting 29 games in 2013 for the Boston Red Sox, Dempster closed out Game One of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, on the way to the Red Sox’s third championship in ten years. In 2000, Dempster received the James “Tip” O’Neill Award from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, and he was the Chicago Cubs’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for community service in 2006 and 2008.

MLB Network Leads Off the 2014 Season with More than 40 Live Game Telecasts

mlb-nlogoSchedule Includes MLB Opening Series Sydney 2014, Boston Red Sox’s Home Opener,

and a New Slate of Sunday Afternoon Games

Bob Costas, Matt Vasgersian, Jim Kaat, John Smoltz, Sam Ryan & Tom Verducci to Call

MLB Network Showcase Games All Season Long

March 12, 2014 – With the 2014 season approaching, MLB Network today announced its first schedule of live regular season games, which includes more than 40 game telecasts beginning with the exclusive national telecast of the MLB Opening Series Sydney 2014 next weekend.

MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz will have the call live from the Sydney Cricket Ground as the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers match up in a two-game series in Australia on Saturday, March 22. The first game will air live at 4:00 a.m. ET, immediately followed by a replay telecast at 7:30 a.m. ET, and the second game live at 10:00 p.m. ET. Former Australia cricket captain and International Cricket Council Hall of Fame member Ian Chappell of Australia’s Nine Network will join Vasgersian and Smoltz for commentary throughout each game.

Back in the U.S., MLB Network will televise nine games during Opening Week from April 1 through April 6, including the World Series champion Boston Red Sox’s home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on MLB Network Showcase on Friday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET with Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Sam Ryan on the call. The next day, the 2013 National League champion St. Louis Cardinals will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in a rematch of the 2013 NLDS on Saturday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network will begin a new slate of Sunday matinee games for the first half of the season as the Baltimore Orioles travel to Detroit to face the Tigers on April 6 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Later in the month, MLB Network Showcase will travel to Boston on Patriots’ Day, April 21 for a special matinee telecast of the Orioles against the Red Sox at 11:00 a.m. ET, called by Costas, Kaat and Tom Verducci. The next night, the same MLB Network Showcase crew will call the New York Yankees at Red Sox on April 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network’s Intentional Talk with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar will also head to Boston and air live from Fenway Park on April 21 and 22 at 5:00 p.m. ET.  

The remainder of MLB Network’s April game schedule is available here, including the following matchups on MLB Network Showcase presented by Chevrolet (all times Eastern):

Fri., April 4, 2:00 p.m.:             Milwaukee Brewers at Boston Red Sox (Costas, Kaat and Ryan)

Thu., April 10, 7:00 p.m.:         Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees (Costas, Smoltz and Verducci)

Thu., April 17, 7:00 p.m.:         St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals (Vasgersian, Smoltz and Ryan)

Mon., April 21, 11:00 a.m.:      Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox (Costas, Kaat and Verducci)

Tues., April 22, 7:00 p.m.:        New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (Costas, Kaat and Verducci)

Tues., April 29, 7:00 p.m.:        Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees (Costas, Smoltz and Ryan)

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.

MLB Network’s commercial-free, highlights-focused Strike Zone channel will return on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET, taking viewers on a high-speed trip around MLB on Tuesday and Friday nights during the regular season. When live game telecasts air on MLB Network, MLB Network Strike Zone brings fans to every game across the league, with up-to-the-minute highlights, live look-ins and updates. MLB Network Strike Zone is available on providers across the country including AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, DirecTV, DISH, Google Fiber and Time Warner Cable.