Notes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the American League Division Series Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Notes from TBS’ Exclusive Coverage of the American League Division Series

Thursday, October 2, 2014

TBS’ exclusive presentation of the ALDS will continue today, Friday, Oct. 3, at 11:30 a.m. ET with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, followed by the Detroit Tigers @ Baltimore Orioles (Game 2) at Noon. The pregame show will return at 9 p.m. prior to the Kansas City Royals @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Game 2) at 9:30 p.m. The night will conclude with The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil.

  

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MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield (analysts) and Todd Frazier (guest analyst)

 

 

 

Sheffield on starting pitcher Max Scherzer: “He’s grown into a complete pitcher. When he came into the league, he was wild and all over the place. He can blow the ball past you by setting it up with the change up. He has the whole package.”

 

Martinez on Scherzer: “He’s the complete package. He’s reached a point [in his career] where he’s matured, he’s been in the playoffs, he has good stuff and poise. He’s the real deal.”

 

Sheffield on Joe Nathan: “When you see [their starters] come out of the game and Joe Nathan comes in, your eyes light up as a hitter. No disrespect, but that’s what happens. Everybody in the dugout runs to the bat rack because they don’t have to face the three-headed monster [Price, Scherzer and Verlander] anymore.”

   

Martinez on starting pitcher Chris Tillman: “He’s very difficult to pick up with his arm angle. He has good movement and good command of the fastball. I’m not worried that he doesn’t have postseason experience. He’s cool and poised.”

Frazier on closer Zach Britton: “He’s dominant but if you can wait him out a little while, he can get wild at times…but knowing him, he’ll be really effective.”

Sheffield on first baseman Steve Pearce: “Steve Pearce came out of nowhere. Nobody ever heard of him but he’s been playing like an All-Star. He came in at the right time and picked [the Orioles] up…he’s going to have a big series.”

Frazier on the Orioles lineup: “The guys have to step up and welcome the challenge. They don’t’ really have anyone on the bench that can help them out so it’s hit-or-miss with this lineup.”
 

Martinez on starting pitcher Jason Vargas: “He’s a finesse pitcher. He’s a veteran and he knows what he’s doing. He has the guts to [win] but…he has to be almost perfect to control the Angels lineup.”

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Detroit Tigers (3) @ Baltimore Orioles (12) – Baltimore leads the series 1-0
Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson (analysts) with Jaime Maggio (reporter)

 

 

 

 

Simpson on the Orioles offense: “They are a mistake-hitting machine. If you leave the ball out over the plate, they’re going to crush it.”

 

Simpson on how the Orioles bullpen helps them “shorten” the game: “They’ve got four [go-to] guys. While most ball clubs are happy to have a seventh, eighth and ninth [inning] guy, [Baltimore] only needs the starter to go five [innings]. In a short series, they can go to these guys quite a bit and shorten the ballgame.”

Simpson on reliever Andrew Miller: “Pitchers used to think that if they weren’t in the big leagues and producing by age 26, then they aren’t going to. From a pitching standpoint, guys are starting to develop at a later age. [Andrew] Miller is one of those guys.”

Simpson on Jonathan Schoop: “All the scouting reports I went over and all the video I saw doesn’t do him justice.”

   

Eckersley on starting pitcher Max Scherzer: “When he’s on his game, it looks so easy. He just dominates. He dots the corners and changing speeds. He pretty much does anything he wants.”

 

Simpson on the Tigers defense: “The question mark for the Tigers is their defense. The outfield defense for the Orioles is so outstanding…not for the Tigers with [Rajai] Davis’ injury in particular. Will he be able to go back on balls? Will he be able to charge in on the ball? We’ll have to keep an eye on that all series.”

 

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Kansas City Royals (3) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2) in 11 innings – Kansas City leads the series 1-0
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

 

 

 

 

Ripken on the Royals offense: “[The AL Wild Card] was a crazy game. It’s a crazy kind of offense too. These Royals run, they run and they run. That’s who they are. That’s their identity. That’s how they score runs. I expect to see a whole lot more of that in this series.” 

Darling on the Royals defense in Game 1: “Kansas City is putting on a clinic of how to play outfield defense.”

Ripken on how the Royals are expanding the roles of their relievers: “Roles are expanded in playoff baseball. Normally, you might not see Wade Davis in a tie game. If you do, he might just have the eighth [inning]…not the seventh plus the eighth. The same is true for a closer, you might call on him for three outs in the regular season, but its four, five or six outs in the postseason.”

Darling on veteran second baseman Omar Infante: “If you asked players around the league what they think of Omar Infante they would say he’s a contact guy, he’s a winning guy…the kind of guy who gets big hits for his team. He’s got a great reputation around the league.”
   

Darling on Mike Trout: “You’re going to get a chance tonight to see the world’s greatest baseball player. He’s a guy that possesses all the tools…If you had a computer at home and wanted to spit out the world’s perfect baseball player, it would come up Mike Trout.”

Ripken on pros and cons of the Angels clinching a postseason spot early: “It’s a great pleasure to give your guys a rest by clinching early. But the risk is that you’re not playing at a high level of competitive ball. You might get a little rusty and then when you try to flip the switch back on right away.”

Darling on second baseman Howie Kendrick: “It always amazes me that when you talk about the great second basemen in the game, you talk about Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips or Chase Utley. Howie Kendrick’s name never comes up. He’s always flown under the radar. He’s one of the best in the game.”

Darling on closer Huston Street: “He doesn’t throw like a typical closer…a guy that throws 95 [mph] plus. He mixes up his pitches and has an excellent change-up.”

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The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Frazier

 

 

 

Sheffield on the Tigers’ bullpen imploding in the eighth inning: “No one that came out of their bullpen impressed anybody. They didn’t look like they could do it. Phil Coke didn’t have any idea where he was throwing any pitch. Joba Chamberlain was average. [Joakim] Soria didn’t have it. Detroit is in trouble as far as the bullpen is concerned.”

   

Martinez on manager Buck Showalter’s work in Game 1: “He hit every single button that he had to hit at the right moment. That’s what I expect from a good manager.”

 

 

 

Sheffield on outfielder Josh Hamilton’s body language: “Josh Hamilton concerns me. His body language is a bad sign. Maybe one of his teammates needs to say something to him about his body language. We’re in the playoffs, you have to show some fire and energy. Teammates feed off of that. When you see a guy strike out and walk back [to the dugout] like nothing is going on…that is a bad sign for this team.”

 

 

 

Martinez on the Royals: “Kansas City is playing like the best team in baseball. Anaheim didn’t play like that today. I have to give Kansas City a lot of credit for playing good defense and not giving up at any moment. They’re showing that they belong. ”

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NLDS Presented by Budweiser Coverage Begins 10/3 on FOX Sports 1 & FOX Deportes

MLB ON FOX: LOGOPregame, Between Game and Postgame Coverage Schedule Announced

New York – This week, MLB postseason coverage comes to FOX Sports 1 for the first time as America’s new sports network is scheduled to televise up to eight games of the National League Division Series presented by Budweiser, opening with a Game 1 doubleheader on Friday, Oct. 3.  That day, the Pittsburgh Pirates or San Francisco Giants take on the National League East Division Champion Washington Nationals in a National League Division Series Game 1, live from Nationals Park in Washington, DC.  Later, the National League West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers host the Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals in the other NLDS Game 1, live from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.  Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci call the action for the Cardinals/Dodgers series, with reports from Ken Rosenthal.  Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Jon Paul Morosi cover the series beginning in Washington.

FOX Sports is providing more hours of pre and postgame coverage devoted to MLB’s postseason than in any year prior.  FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes have over 60 hours of pre, between-game and postgame coverage planned, including expanded 90-minute editions of AMERICA’S PREGAME, hosted by Mike Hill and news anchor Molly McGrath, and special editions of FOX SPORTS LIVE, FOX Sports 1’s signature news, highlights and analysis program between games and following most games.

All NLDS games televised by FOX Sports 1 are also televised in Spanish exclusively on FOX Deportes, the leader in Spanish-language sports media, and for the first time via FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go.  FOX Deportes is poised to deliver its most comprehensive MLB postseason coverage ever, with pregame shows, plus special reports, interviews and postgame analysis on its signature studio show CENTRAL FOX.  Former Houston Astros first baseman, Jose Tolentino and seasoned commentator Pablo Alsina are joined by retired Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Duaner Sanchez to call the action. FOX Deportes’ Digital platforms supplement efforts through social media channels and provide behind the scenes coverage on FOXDeportes.com.

Below are FOX Sports 1’s and FOX Deportes’ National League Division Series presented by Budweiser schedules through Saturday, Oct. 4 based on the Pirates or Giants advancing to the DS round.  Included is all pregame, between-game and postgame programming.  Schedules are subject to change.  All times ET.

 

DIVISION SERIES (PIRATES ADVANCE)

 

DATE              ON AIR           SERIES                                  SITE                NETWORKS

Oct. 3              10:30 AM        NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Sports 1

11:30 AM        NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Deportes

12:00 PM        Pirates at Nationals    Gm 1    Washington     FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

3:00 PM          FOX SPORTS LIVE               LA                    FOX Sports 1

5:30 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Deportes

6:00 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Sports 1

6:30 PM          Cardinals at Dodgers  Gm 1   LA                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

9:30 PM          FOX SPORTS LIVE               LA                    FOX Sports 1

Oct. 4              4:30 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

5:30 PM          Pirates at Nationals    Gm 2    Washington     FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

 

DIVISION SERIES (GIANTS ADVANCE)

 

DAY/DATE     ON AIR           SERIES                                  SITE                NETWORKS

Oct. 3              2:00 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Deportes

2:30 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Sports 1

3:00 PM          Giants at Nationals     Gm 1   Washington     FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

6:00 PM          FOX SPORTS LIVE               LA                    FOX Sports 1

6:00 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Deportes

6:30 PM          Cardinals at Dodgers  Gm 1   LA                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

9:30 PM          FOX SPORTS LIVE               LA                    FOX Sports 1

Oct. 4              4:30 PM          NLDS Pregame                      LA                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

5:30 PM          Giants at Nationals     Gm 2   Washington     FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

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Notes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the 2014 A.L. Wild Card – Athletics vs. Royals – Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the 2014 A.L. Wild Card Presented by Budweiser

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TBS’ exclusive presentation of the ALDS will begin Thursday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m. ET with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, followed by the Detroit Tigers @ Baltimore Orioles (Game 1) at 5:30 p.m. ET and the Kansas City Royals @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Game 1) at 9 p.m. The night will conclude with The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil.

Cincinnati Reds All-Star Todd Frazier will be a guest analyst with the TBS studio crew on Thursday, Oct. 2.

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MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)

    Martinez on the Royals’ team speed: “It gets in your mind because speed kills. If they get on base, Kansas City has a clear advantage.”
   Sheffield on how trading Yoenis Cespedes earlier in the season impacted the Athletics lineup: “[The Athletics] were playing so well when Cespedes was there, but now that he’s gone it seems like these guys don’t know what to do. Now it’s time for them to step up and turn it around in the playoffs.”
 Sheffield on a hitter’s mentality in the postseason: “Stick to your game plan as a hitter. You know what you do well and you know what [the pitcher] does well. Take what he gives you. If you try to reinvent the wheel, that’s when the game speeds up and the next thing you know you’re home fishing.”

 

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Oakland Athletics (8) @ Kansas City Royals (9) in 12 innings – Kansas City advances to the ALDS to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

 

    Darling on the decision to use rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura in relief: “You’re asking a young man to do something that he’s never done and on this stage, it’s very difficult to have success that way. If you’re going to go with [Royals relievers] Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland…somehow get those outs from those three guys because they have been there. They are used to pitching with men on base. They are used to the big stage. Maybe not the postseason stage, but they are used to the big stage.”
Darling on Royals catcher Salvador Perez: “He is emerging as the [Cardinals All-Star catcher] Yadier Molina of the American League. Not only because of how he calls pitches but because of his durability and how he controls pitchers.”Darling on Royals starting pitcher James Shields: “He has so much confidence in himself that he instills confidence in his team. [He has a] great presence and great poise.”

Ripken on the Royals sticking to their game plan: “The Royals plan all along was to take [Lester] out of his tempo by creating havoc on the base paths. Even down [late], they are still employing that strategy.”

Ripken on Kansas City’s Jarrod Dyson: “A lot of people can pile up stolen bases when they don’t count. Dyson gets them when they count.”

   Darling on Oakland starting pitcher Jon Lester: “When he gets into a groove, it’s almost like a pitcher who has the ball on a string. That’s what he makes it look like.”

Ripken comparing Lester to former Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte: “As I watch Lester, I can’t help but be reminded of Andy Pettitte. Pettitte established his cutter inside but also had a good fastball he would use mixed in with his breaking ball. I always thought it made him much more effective.”

Darling on A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson: “This little man generates just about as much bat speed as anyone in the game.”

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The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

    Martinez on Royals manager Ned Yost removing James Shields from the game in the sixth inning: “How many times during the year did you see Ned Yost make this kind of move? You bring a rookie starting pitcher into a very difficult situation. I don’t agree with it.”Martinez continues on Yost: “Ned Yost made a panic move and almost gave the game again. If they would have lost, he would have been the ugly goat.”

Martinez on Yost’s postgame comments regarding his pitching moves in the sixth inning: “Anything [Yost] says that wasn’t ‘I screwed up and almost threw the game away’ is horrible.”

Martinez on Royals rookie pitcher Brandon Finnegan: “I can’t describe how high this kid is in my heart. He settled the whole team down and gave them an opportunity to come back. He’s got a great future.”

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TBS’ Exclusive Presentation of the 2014 MLB American League

Wild Card Game Delivers 5.2 Million Total Viewers

A.L. Wild Card – Oakland at Kansas City – Up 12% Among Total Viewers;

Network Wins the Night Across All of Cable Television

TBS’s exclusive presentation of the 2014 MLB American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser – the Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals – averaged 5,234,000 total viewers, an increase of 12 percent over an average of 4,675,000 total viewers for the two MLB Wild Card Games airing on the network last year.  The corresponding 3.3 U.S. HH rating is up 10 percent over the average 3.0 U.S. HH rating in 2013, based on Nielsen Fast Nationals.  Last night’s telecast propelled TBS to win the night across all of cable television.

The telecast – a Royals 9-8 victory in 12 innings – is up 14 percent among total viewers and 10 percent in U.S. HH rating when compared with last year’s N.L. Wild Card Game between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates (4,599,000 total viewers; 3.0 U.S. HH rating) which aired on the same day of the week and similarly marked the start of the MLB Postseason a year ago.

TBS’ coverage of the A’s/Royals game peaked with a 4.1 U.S. HH rating and 6.5 million total viewers from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET.  Locally, the telecast earned a 30.3 metered market rating in Kansas City – the highest rating on record for an MLB game on TBS in the market – and a 9.9 in the Bay Area.  In terms of market size, Kansas City ranks 31st among the 56 metered markets with 923,000 television households.

The 2014 MLB Postseason will continue on TBS – home of the American League throughout the postseason – with an A.L. Division Series doubleheader on Thursday, Oct. 4.  The network’s live game coverage will feature the Detroit Tigers visiting the Baltimore Orioles at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hosting Kansas City at 9 p.m. (both Game 1 matchups in their respective best-of-five series).

TBS’ coverage will begin with the pre-game show, presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, at 5 p.m. and will conclude with The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil following the Royals/Angels game.

Source: Nielsen Media Research, based on Live + SD data stream Fast Nationals for the 2014 MLB Wild Card on TBS.  Comparison to 2013 MLB Wild Card average and individual games on TBS (10/1 through 10/2/2014).  Cable Prime comparison based on ad-supported game programming for night of 10/1/2014. 

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FOX Sports’ MLB Postseason Broadcast Teams Blend Experience, Versatility & Depth

MLB ON FOX: LOGOBuck, Reynolds, Verducci Call

Cardinals-Dodgers N.L. Division Series, NLCS & World Series

Indians 1B/OF Nick Swisher Added to World Series Pre- & Postgame Coverage

Los Angeles — As October approaches, the month when baseball legends are born, FOX Sports prepares for its 19th consecutive year of MLB postseason coverage, relying on the strength of its on-air roster and added bench strength to field a versatile team of veteran announcers and fresh voices to cover every pitch, hit and throw.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, and analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, themselves Emmy Award winners, are MLB on FOX’s new lead broadcast team and carry the bulk of the postseason load.  The trio, plus reporter Ken Rosenthal, calls the National League Division Series presented by Budweiser between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers beginning Friday, Oct. 3 on FOX Sports 1.  Play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian, analyst John Smoltz and reporter Jon Paul Morosi call all games of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals against either the Pittsburgh Pirates or San Francisco Giants, also televised on FOX Sports 1.  After the Division Series round, reporter Erin Andrews joins Buck, Reynolds, Verducci and Rosenthal as the five-person team calling every game of the National League Championship Series and 110th World Series.

“As we gear up for our of MLB postseason coverage on FOX and FOX Sports 1, we’re proud to provide viewers the deepest roster of announcers, analysts and reporters we’ve had since baseball arrived at FOX Sports in 1996,” said John Entz, EVP, Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

This October, to complement its game telecasts, FOX Sports is providing more hours of pre and postgame coverage devoted to MLB’s postseason than in any year prior.  FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes have more than 60 hours of pre, between-game and postgame coverage planned, including expanded 90-minute editions of AMERICA’S PREGAME, hosted by Mike Hill with news anchor Molly McGrath and special guest analyst Royce Clayton; special editions of FOX SPORTS LIVE, FOX Sports 1’s signature news, highlights and analysis program between games; and regularly scheduled FOX SPORTS LIVE programs immediately following most games.  FOX Sports’ programming schedules are to be announced alongside MLB’s postseason game schedule.

FOX Sports’ comprehensive pre and postgame coverage is led by host Kevin Burkhardt alongside analysts Gabe Kapler, Frank Thomas, Eric Karros and CJ Nitkowski.  Come the World Series, current Cleveland Indians first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher, a World Champion with the New York Yankees in 2009 and one of MLB’s more ebullient personalities, joins the MLB on FOX studio team.  FOX Sports’ pregame and postgame coverage originates at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles during the National League Division Series presented by Budweiser and National League Championship Series before arriving on-site for the World Series.

“Between Gabe, Frank, CJ and Royce, we have a lot of baseball experience to break down the action,” added Entz.  “We’re also very excited to welcome Nick Swisher to our World Series studio team. He’s always been one of baseball’s best on-field ambassadors, and his personality is infectious.”

FOX Sports 1 is scheduled to televise up to eight of 10 National League Division Series presented by Budweiser games beginning with the historic Friday, Oct. 3 doubleheader.  FOX Sports’ coverage of the National League Championship Series gets underway with Game 1 on the FOX broadcast network, Saturday, Oct. 11.  NLCS Games 2, 3 and 4 are scheduled for telecast on FOX Sports 1, as are NLCS Games 5 and 7, if necessary.  NLCS Game 6, if necessary, is also set for broadcast on FOX, Saturday, Oct. 18.  Coverage of the 110th World Series, the 15th straight broadcast by FOX and the network’s 17th overall, begins Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the home ballpark of the American League pennant winner.

In another first, FOX Sports offers fans watching NLCS Game 1 a unique opportunity to experience postseason baseball as never before. While FOX Sports provides a traditional broadcast on FOX, FOX Sports 1 offers fans a more analytics-driven game viewing experience under the banner of FOXSports.com’s exciting new baseball blog, Just a Bit Outside (JABO).  NLCS ON FOX SPORTS 1 Powered by JABO is an unconventional game-viewing experience, with an emphasis on statistics, sabermetrics and graphics with open debate and conversation.  Burkhardt hosts NLCS ON FOX SPORTS 1 Powered by JABO, with analysis from Kapler, Nitkowski and Rob Neyer with special guests joining via video remote or phone.

All postseason MLB games televised by FOX and FOX Sports 1 also are televised in Spanish exclusively on FOX Deportes, the leader in Spanish-language sports media, and for the first time via FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go. FOX Deportes is poised to deliver its most comprehensive MLB postseason coverage ever, with pregame shows, plus special reports, interviews and postgame analysis on its signature studio show, CENTRAL FOX. Former Houston Astros first baseman Jose Tolentino and seasoned commentator Pablo Alsina are joined by retired Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Duaner Sanchez to call the action. FOX Deportes’ Digital platforms supplement efforts with live coverage across its social media networks, and provide behind-the-scenes access on FOXDeportes.com.

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TBS’ Exclusive Presentation of 2014 ALDS Begins with Doubleheader on Thursday, Oct. 2

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2014 MLB Postseason Begins on TBS with A.L. Wild Card Game Presented by Budweiser

Tuesday, Sept. 30, with Coverage Beginning at 7:30 p.m.

TBS’ exclusive presentation of the American League Division Series (ALDS) will begin Thursday, Oct. 2, with a doubleheader – the Detroit Tigers visiting the Baltimore Orioles, at 5:30 or 6 p.m. ET, followed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hosting the winner of the A.L. Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser (Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals) at 9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. (specific scenarios are outlined below).

Ernie Johnson will provide play-by-play for the Angels vs. Athletics/Royals series with analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken and reporter Matt Winer. Brian Anderson will call the best-of-five Tigers/Orioles series with analysts Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson and reporter Jaime Maggio.  TBS’s A.L. Division Series coverage is presented by T-Mobile.

TBS’ pregame coverage on Thursday, Oct. 2, will begin at either 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200 show hosted by Casey Stern with analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield.

As previously announced, TBS will exclusively televise the A.L. Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m.  Johnson will call the game with analysts Darling and Ripken and reporter Winer.  TBS’ pre-game coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m.

TBS will also exclusively televise the American League Championship Series, scheduled to begin Friday, Oct. 10, with Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.  Live streaming coverage of all MLB Postseason games airing on TBS will be available via www.tbs.com and the Watch TBS app.  Fans will be able to access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider.

Following is the opening week MLB Postseason on TBS schedule:

 

Date Time (ET) Games/Commentator Teams
Tuesday, Sept. 30 7:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)
  8 p.m. A.L. Wild Card Game: Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals

Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

  Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

     
  IF KANSAS CITY WINS THE A.L. WILD CARD GAME
Thursday, Oct. 2 5 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield
  5:30 p.m. ALDS: Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles (Game 1)

Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson (analysts) with Jaime Maggio (reporter)

  9 p.m. ALDS: Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Game 1)

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

  Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   
  IF OAKLAND WINS THE A.L. WILD CARD GAME
Thursday, Oct. 2 5:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield
  6 p.m. ALDS: Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles (Game 1)

Anderson, Eckersley and Simpson with Maggio

  9:30 p.m. ALDS: Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Game 1)

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

  Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   
  IF PITTSBURGH WINS THE N.L. WILD CARD GAME
Friday, Oct. 3 2:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield
  3 p.m. ALDS: Tigers at Orioles (Game 2)

Anderson, Eckersley and Simpson with Maggio

  9 / 9:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield
  9:30 p.m. ALDS: IF Royals at Angels (Game 2)

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

  10 p.m. ALDS: IF Athletics at Angels (Game 2)

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

  Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   
  IF SAN FRANCISCO WINS THE N.L. WILD CARD GAME
Friday, Oct. 3 11:30 a.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield
  Noon ALDS: Tigers at Orioles (Game 2)

Anderson, Eckersley and Simpson with Maggio

  9 / 9:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield
  9:30 p.m. ALDS: IF Royals at Angels (Game 2)

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

  10 p.m. ALDS: IF Athletics at Angels (Game 2)

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

  Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   
Sunday, Oct. 5 3 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield
  3:30 p.m. ALDS: Orioles at Tigers (Game 3)

Anderson, Eckersley and Simpson with Maggio

  7:30 p.m. ALDS: Angels at A.L. Wild Card Winner (Game 3)

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

  Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

 

 

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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.

Notes from Monday’s TBS MLB Postseason Media Conference Call

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TBS will begin its eighth consecutive year of MLB Postseason coverage with its exclusive presentation of the 2014 MLB Wild Card presented by Budweiser when the Oakland Athletics visit the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. ET. The network’s coverage will begin with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200 show at 7:30 p.m.  TBS will also be the exclusive home of the American League Division Series (ALDS) beginning Thursday, Oct. 2, and the American League Championship Series (ALCS).  The network’s coverage of the ALDS will be presented by T-Mobile.

Following are notes from today’s media conference call featuring TBS MLB studio analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield, and Craig Barry, senior vice president of production and executive creative director, Turner Sports.

 

 

 

Martinez on the Kansas City Royals: “I think Kansas City has as good of a chance as anybody….believe it or not, it’s all about momentum, and Kansas City has that right now. If I was Kansas City, I would try to maintain my focus, keep the momentum going and use the energy that those young guys have. That’s what they bring to the table — a lot of energy, nothing to lose and a lot to gain by being there. This is a team you go out there relaxed against, thinking these kids are not going to be a big deal and then, before you know it, they’ve got you in the hole.”

Sheffield on how the Royals organization built a winning team: “When you look at the Kansas City Royals, you have to give props to the organization, the way they’ve built this team. They started with everyday players, moved parts and took their prospects and moved them for veteran players. When they brought over [starting pitcher] James Shields, a move that wasn’t popular [at the time]…when they gave up an everyday player for a pitcher, people thought they needed young players. When you see these guys developing and you have a veteran pitcher on the mound, keeping you in ball games and helping to lead that staff, the guys come behind him and try to go out and do what he does every day. That breathes confidence into young players.”

Sheffield on what makes Kansas City so dangerous: “One thing that makes Kansas City so dangerous is they have a bunch of young players that are riding a high right now. They’re confidence level is going to go sky high. They’re not thinking about the pressure of the playoffs; they’re just thinking about being relevant in Major League Baseball. Now they are a relevant team. When they get into postseason play, they are just going to play free.”

   

Martinez on the Oakland Athletics: “I think everything they did at the end of the season is erased now. This is a new season. If this is a new season, the way they started the [regular] season tells me they should have a great postseason. They were the best team in the first half. If they are capable of doing what they did in the first part of the season no one can catch them. They have the tools and can outslug anybody. They can go right there with Detroit, or maybe better. It’s just a matter of how they perform from this [Wild Card Game] on. I think they’re going to go with everything they have. Now they’re in and now they’re dangerous.”

Sheffield on the A’s mentality entering the postseason: “[Staring pitcher] Sonny Gray has struggled of late but I think he’s set the tone for this team going into the playoffs. He put on a playoff performance [in their clinching game] and their bats woke up when he got that performance. I think they are prime and ready for the playoffs now. That game was their highest pressured game and they came through. Going into this [Wild Card] game, they are going to be a more relaxed team and will go out there and play phenomenal baseball.”

 

Sheffield on the strength of Detroit’s lineup: “I think the way Detroit set up their lineup with Torii Hunter, traditionally known as a middle-of-the-order guy, hitting second with the best player in the world Miguel Cabrera hitting behind him, it just sets their lineup up perfectly. These guys are capable of not only getting on base, but hitting it out of the park. It takes the pressure off of the guys in the middle of the order and makes the pitcher work a little harder before he can get to the middle of the lineup. They can do a lot of damage really early with the way they have their lineup set up…it’s going to be a tough time for pitchers.”

Martinez on approaching Detroit’s lineup as an opposing pitcher: “Detroit has a nine-headed monster. Everyone they throw out there is capable of doing damage. When you look at [Nick] Castellanos, he could have been the Rookie of the Year had Jose Abreu not been there with the White Sox. Then you have J.D. Martinez and the best hitter in the world with Miguel Cabrera; that lineup is loaded. When you’re the opposing pitcher you probably have a headache because you don’t know which way you’re going to approach that lineup.”

Martinez on the Tigers: “I think Detroit right now has the advantage, experience and all the tools to become a champion. If they focus and continue to want it I think Detroit is the team to beat.”

Sheffield on how to neutralize the Detroit lineup: “The one thing they’re lacking is speed. When you don’t have speed, you have to hit your way to the World Series. [The Tigers] can’t afford to struggle or think that getting three and four hits an inning is going to be feasible. If the pitchers keep them at bay and stay away from those big innings [they have a chance to beat Detroit]. Detroit is going to make mistakes and play off of atmosphere, because it’s intensified. You want to keep the pressure on them.”

Sheffield on how to beat Detroit: “If I was an opposing team, I would try to keep pressure on Detroit’s defense to steal a couple of runs, because you’re not going to match them [offensively]. That way, hopefully your pitcher can keep you in the ball game. You really want to keep the pressure on this team. You can’t just sit back and think you’re going beat Detroit.”

 

Martinez on Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw’s postseason struggles in previous seasons: “He has everything you need. We forget about how young he is and he is still growing. He struggled in his first postseason [in 2008] because of dealing with short rest for the first time. I said last year that I was worried about Kershaw because of the way he was used during the postseason [in 2013]. For Kershaw, this is the year where he is going to start realizing what he needs to do. He’s been there, done that and is now a more mature pitcher who will know how to handle this situation better than last year. Last year, he was full of energy and hype – he and [Yasiel] Puig didn’t know how to deal with it effectively. I wouldn’t label him as not having success in the postseason. I don’t think so. I think he’s mature this time.”

Martinez on how pitchers must approach games against the opposition’s ace: “You [mentally] eliminate one. If you are [Clayton] Kershaw, you eliminate [Adam] Wainwright. You have to think about the other players. The offense is my duty. I stay focused on the offense and I will try to limit that offense as much as I can. If I start thinking, ‘Oh, it’s Wainwright on the other side.’ I’m not giving myself enough credit. At that time, I want to believe that I can beat anyone who is coming up [against us]. He’s the last person I’m going to think about in the game. I’ll focus on the hitters and how do I keep men off base.”

 

Martinez on the mentality of pitcher going into a Wild Card Game: “You have to relax as much as you can and understand that everyone is 100% focused and full of energy. You feed off the energy of the atmosphere and you have to stay poised. Why is [Derek] Jeter so good during the postseason? Because he doesn’t alter his game. He stays focused and maintains that level. That’s what you have to do.”

 

Martinez on how pitching manages to step up during the postseason: “This time of year is crunch time. Everybody is a little more tired than usual. Also, hitters are facing the cream of the [crop] pitching out there. Every team is loaded with the best. They are sending up the best [pitchers] possible to try and get you to not hit the ball. If you see a lot of offense, it has to be a team that is loaded or a pitcher that went south.”

 

Craig Barry on the 6X camera technology TBS will utilize during the postseason: “As technology progresses, we continue to take advantage of it. We’re at a place now where slow motion technology is passing a lot more frame rate at a much higher resolution. So we’re able to leverage that into a better quality picture at slower speeds. The transfer of data has become easier and more efficient. Therefore, it translates to a better looking picture at a slower rate of speed. We will have four on every game for the Wild Card and ALDS and six for the ALCS. This is the first time we’ve gone out and used these cameras in a live scenario. [We’re] looking forward to the idea of access and being able to show the viewer and the fan, get them as close to the field and the players, give them the most unique view of the field and the game [we can provide].”

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TBS to be Exclusive Home of the A.L. Throughout 2014 MLB Postseason Beginning with A.L. Wild Card Game on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. ET

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TBS to be Exclusive Home of the American League Throughout 2014 MLB Postseason

Beginning with A.L. Wild Card Game on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. ET

Live Streaming for Every TBS MLB Postseason Game Available Via Watch TBS App

Turner Sports’ Postseason Game Coverage to Include Use of

6X Super Slow Motion Cameras for First Time

Facebook & Turner Sports Collaborate for Exclusive Social Media Content Integration

TBS will be the exclusive home of the American League throughout the 2014 MLB Postseason beginning with the presentation of the 2014 A.L. Wild Card Presented by Budweiser when the Kansas City Royals and Alex Gordon host the Oakland Athletics and Josh Donaldson on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. ET.  Sports Emmy Award winning commentator Ernie Johnson will provide play-by-play for the game with analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken and reporter Matt Winer.  Pregame coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200 show hosted by Casey Stern with analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield.

The network’s exclusive American League Division Series (ALDS) coverage will begin Thursday, Oct. 2, with the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera visiting the Baltimore Orioles and Adam Jones (time TBD), along with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Mike Trout hosting the winner of the A.L. Wild Card Game (time TBD).  Brian Anderson will call the best-of-five Tigers/Orioles series with analysts Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson and reporter Jaime Maggio.  Johnson will provide play-by-play for the Angels vs. Athletics/Royals series with Darling, Ripken and Winer.  TBS’s A.L. Division Series coverage is presented by T-Mobile.

Additionally, reporters David Aldridge and Rachel Nichols will contribute to the network’s MLB Postseason coverage, covering the National League Division Series.  The full ALDS schedule is listed below.

TBS will also exclusively televise the American League Championship Series, scheduled to begin Friday, Oct. 10, with Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.  Live streaming coverage of all MLB Postseason games airing on TBS will be available via www.tbs.com and the Watch TBS app.  Fans will be able to access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider.

The network’s coverage of the 2014 MLB Postseason will include:

  • 6X Cameras – with the ability to replay various speeds from a single camera angle and capturing six times the amount of slow motion than the normal replay device, 6X Cameras will provide viewers with gripping super slow motion replays during key moments of the game.  Each TBS MLB Postseason game telecast will utilize four 6X Cameras.
  • Super Slo Mo Cameras – in addition to the four 6X Cameras at every game, TBS will deploy two Super Slo Mo cameras during the ALCS.
  • Chevrolet Pitch Trax – the on-screen graphic will be used to show pitch location and type, while also illustrating other variables such as a swinging strike vs. being caught looking.  It is also able to display a hitter’s batting history against a specific pitcher.

Facebook Integration

In a first for both entities, Facebook will partner with Turner Sports throughout its MLB Postseason coverage.  The social media company will work closely with the TBS studio production team – including being embedded in the TBS control room in Atlanta during the opening week of the postseason – providing Facebook and Instagram content in real-time to best support on-air social integrations.  Content will include fan maps, polls and fan profiles for each team participating in the postseason.

Following is the TBS MLB Postseason schedule for the opening week:

Date Time (ET) Games/Commentator Teams
Tuesday, Sept. 30 7:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)
  8 p.m. A.L. Wild Card Game: Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals

Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

  Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   
Thursday, Oct. 2 TBD MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield
  TBD ALDS: Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles (Game 1)

Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson (analysts) with Jaime Maggio (reporter)

  TBD ALDS: A.L. Wild Card Winner at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Game 1)

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

  Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   
Friday, Oct. 3 TBD MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield
  TBD ALDS: Tigers at Orioles (Game 2)

Anderson, Eckersley and Simpson with Maggio

  TBD ALDS: A.L. Wild Card Winner at Angels (Game 2)

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

  Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   
Sunday, Oct. 5 TBD MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield
  TBD ALDS: Angels at A.L. Wild Card Winner (Game 3)

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

  TBD ALDS: Orioles at Tigers (Game 3)

Anderson, Eckersley and Simpson with Maggio

  Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Exxon and Mobil

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

 

Postseason.TV Returns for 2014 MLB Postseason

In addition to its exclusive live game telecasts, Turner Sports will team with MLB Advanced Media to bring fans up to 10 live alternative camera angles via Postseason.TV.  A digital companion product, Postseason.TV is available for every game televised by TBS allowing fans to customize their viewing experience.  Postseason.TV is accessible via broadband and mobile through MLB.com’s At Bat 14 app for smartphones and tablets.  Subscribers can watch one camera angle or view up to four different cameras simultaneously through a mosaic display.

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FOX Sports 1 Presents DEREK JETER: A NIGHT 2 REMEMBER

fox-sports-1-logoFor those lucky enough to attend Yankees Captain Derek Jeter’s final home game, the farewell scene was indescribable. Tens of thousands gathered in a 21st century sports cathedral to witness the final pinstriped chapter of a 20-year career no doubt guided by the baseball gods.  How else can one explain how New York’s rain-soaked skies miraculously gave way to a game-time rainbow and the storybook drama that unfolded in the ninth?

Fortunately, for those who wish to re-live the evening, FOX Sports 1 presents, DEREK JETER: A NIGHT 2 REMEMBER, a cinematic journey through his final home game as a New York Yankee.  Produced by Major League Baseball Productions and FOX Sports Originals, the special 30-minute program premieres Monday, Sept. 29 (7:30 PM ET).

Throughout the day and evening of Sept. 25, Major League Baseball Productions had an exclusive look at Jeter at Yankee Stadium, and along with elements from YES Network’s extensive coverage and that of MLB Network, a gripping mini-documentary that chronicles Jeter’s final home game, and its Hollywood script ending, has emerged.  DEREK JETER: A NIGHT 2 REMEMBER is a must-see original work featuring previously unseen images that pays tribute to a once-in-a-generation baseball hero’s final hours in his beloved home uniform.

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Derek Jeter Unplugged | Sports Illustrated

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NEW YORK, NY (September, 24, 2014) – Mr. November. The Jerterian Swing. Captain Clutch. Number 2. Derek Jeter may be the most familiar baseball player of all time; no one has been covered more or played in front of more people. After nineteen years in the league and fourteen Sports Illustrated covers under his belt (with hardly a scratch to show for it), Jeter gives senior writer Tom Verducci his “exit interview” through a series of interviews sharing everything from his leadership style and media approach to his plans for the future. The elusive athlete is unplugged – Jeter-on-Jeter.

Jeter on how the game has changed…”The game has changed a lot. The way the game is played. Now it’s more analytics and shifts and tendencies and pitch counts, and that really didn’t exist when I first came up.

Jeter on the media…”At times probably a lot of the media gets frustrated with me. But for me the only way I’m able to operate here for this long is I don’t like negativity. I don’t like to talk about it. I don’t like to answer questions about it. I always hear people say I give the same answers or I don’t you give you much. No, I just don’t give you much negativity.”

Jeter on being a public figure…”You have to assume that everything you do is public knowledge. Everything. Because now everyone is a reporter. Everyone is a photographer. Someone can take a picture and make a story, which has happened plenty of times, and twist it and turn it anyway they want to. You used to be able to go out…it’s all I’ve known.”

Jeter on using the same Louisville Slugger model for 20 years…“Maybe I’d pick up another one in batting practice if I broke one. But I’ve never had an at bat in a game with another one.”

Jeter on his leadership style…“One of the biggest things about leadership is you have to get to know your teammates. You have to get to know who you’re leading because there’s different buttons you push with different people. Some guys you can yell and scream at, and some guys you have to put your arm around. You can do that only if you get to know them as people.”

Jeter on what is next…“That’s the beauty of it. I don’t know. You know what I want to do? Wake up one weekend and not have to go anywhere and do nothing.There are things I want to do in the future. But I think for me I need to get away for a while first. Come see me in eight months, and then maybe I can answer that question.”

Private Practice: Alan Siegel

Jeter is almost as famous for his ability to avoid controversy as for his on-field skill, and New York’s reporters are in still in awe.

Ask any New York reporter about Derek Jeter and they will all tell you the same thing; his ability to fly under the media’s radar is almost as commendable as his hit total. Writer Alan Siegel dives into the Yankee’s relationship with the media and examines his talent for sidestepping controversy. The following are interesting insights into Jeter from a who’s who of celebrity gossip writers:

Former Page Six editor, Richard Johnson, in an email, writes, “If he has any flaws, I’m not aware of them.”

Despite the countless tipsters who claim to have spotted Jeter, Lachlan Cartwright, executive editor of Radar Online, rarely could confirm his presence. Even then, he was never able to run the story.“It is very clear that he was a protected species…there were only two people I came across in that space: Leonardo DiCaprio and Derek  Jeter.”

Very few club owners and publicists talk extensively about Jeter. “They’re happy to see everyone else’s name in the paper with their club, but they were afraid of the backlash from Jeter, [of him] saying, ‘Hey, I’m not gonna come to your place anymore.’”

When Gary Sheffield asked his teammate for media advice, Jeter answered, plain and simple, ‘Just be boring.’c