Big Papi Back in the Fall Classic

MLB ON FOX: LOGOThree-Time World Champion to Serve As Pregame & Postgame Analyst for

FOX Sports’ World Series Coverage

Slugger Joins Kevin Burkhardt, Gabe Kapler, Nick Swisher & Hall-Of-Famer

Frank Thomas for Games 1 & 2

Los Angeles – One of Major League Baseball’s best postseason hitters returns to the October stage this year, only this time he trades his lethal bat for a microphone.  David “Big Papi” Ortiz has been added to FOX Sports’ World Series pregame and postgame show roster for the first two games of the 2014 Fall Classic.  The announcement was made today by John Entz, Executive Vice President Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

Ortiz joins fellow major leaguer Nick Swisher, World Series Champion Gabe Kapler and Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas as analysts live from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City beginning Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 PM ET on FOX.  Kevin Burkhardt anchors all of FOX Sports’ World Series pregame and postgame coverage.

“I want to thank FOX Sports for giving me this opportunity to be involved with the World Series and their broadcasts,” said Ortiz.  “There is nothing more special than playing in the World Series and if I can’t be in the batter’s box, this is the next best place in the ballpark.”

“It’s rare to find an analyst who combines tremendous postseason credentials with the ability to convey immeasurable passion for this great game,” Entz said.  “It is obvious we have found both in David, and we are thrilled to be able to give our show the added star-studded presence and experience he brings to the set.”

Ortiz is one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball history, particularly when the calendar flips to October.  During his three World Series appearances, Ortiz was nothing but clutch, posting an astounding .455 batting average in 14 games. The three-time World Champion and nine-time All-Star has hit 466 career home runs and is the all-time MLB leader for home runs (415), RBIs (1,343) and hits (1,890) by a designated hitter.

After spending the first six seasons of his career with the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002), Ortiz signed a free-agent contract with the Boston Red Sox in 2003 and was a driving force in helping the club secure three World Series Championships in the last 10 seasons.  In 2005, Red Sox ownership presented Ortiz with a plaque proclaiming him as “the greatest clutch-hitter in the history of the Boston Red Sox.”

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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.

 

Notes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the ALCS, Game 4 – Orioles vs. Royals – Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the American League Championship Series – Game 4

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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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 play: “Everyone has the same focused look and determination to win a ball game. The whole team deserves a lot of credit for chipping in. They are doing everything they have to do and not missing a beat. They are really dangerous.”
   Sheffield on the Orioles not playing Delmon Young much in the ALCS: “Where have you been Delmon? He should’ve been playing in this series because he is clutch in the playoffs. He was brought in for these moments and he came through for his team [in the LDS]. To have him on the bench and not using him is baffling to me because they’ve been struggling to score runs.”

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Kansas City Royals (2) @ Baltimore Orioles (1) – The Royals sweep the series 4-0 and advance to the World Series
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

 

 

 Darling on the Kansas City bullpen: “They have the best bullpen going. It might be the best weapon in the postseason.”

Ripken on the importance of the Royals scoring early: “Early in the game you don’t want to play for one run. You want to play for a big inning but the way Kansas City has been pitching, they want to shorten the game, get the lead and apply the pressure.”

Ripken on Lorenzo Cain’s decision to bunt that resulted in Kansas City scoring: “It’s so indicative of the attitude that this Royals team has…they know how they play and how they want to manufacture runs. They are all willing [to sacrifice].”

Ripken on the Royals’ defense: “We always talk about the spectacular plays that make the highlight reel but I’ve been impressed with [Omar] Infante’s steady play at second [base]. [Alcides]Escobar has made some really nice plays and [Eric] Hosmer handles every play with ease.”

Ripken on the Royals: “We knew they were good and they’ve been a fun team to watch. They couldn’t play any better than they’ve played.”

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The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   Martinez on Lorenzo Cain being named ALCS MVP: “It couldn’t happen to a better person. He’s a humble kid who’s had to work his way through. He did everything the Royals asked him to do.”

Sheffield on the Royals: “You have to appreciate the baseball we just saw. We saw a little bit of everything from these guys. From the first game of this series until the end, they kept their focus the whole time and didn’t let up.”

Martinez on the Royals bullpen trio of Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland: “I have never seen a one-two-three punch better than this one…I’ll take this group over any other group.”

Martinez on the Royals: “The momentum that they are carrying over to the next series is something special.”

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Notes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the ALCS, Game 3 – Orioles vs. Royals – Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the American League Championship Series – Game 3

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TBS’ exclusive presentation of the ALCS will continue today, Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m. ET with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, followed by the Baltimore Orioles @ Kansas City Royals (Game 4) at 4 p.m. The night will conclude with The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1.

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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 Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, his long layoff between starts and other factors: “I would take advantage of the simulated game, but that’s not the most important thing. I think the chilly wind and the dryness on the field today is going to play a big role.”

Sheffield on outfielder Nori Aoki at the number two spot in the lineup: “I love this player. He’s seen 36 pitches in this series. And what that does, it allows the next hitter to see those same pitches and go up there with a better game plan.”

 

 

 Sheffield on first baseman Steve Pearce’s struggles: “This guy has to be proud of what he did during the season.  He’s one of the reasons why they’re here. But to me, it seems like this situation is getting a little too big for this kid. This kid is starting to press a little bit, instead of doing the things you did to get you here.”

Sheffield on outfielder Adam Jones and needing to demonstrate patience: “He’s not patient…as middle of the order guys, the last thing we want to do is be patient. We want to be the heroes, we want to hit the ball out of the park and be the big guy on campus, but the opposite applies in the playoffs. You have to go in and tell yourself, I have to set the stage, I’m a third place hitter for a reason.”

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Kansas City Royals (2) @ Baltimore Orioles (1) – The Royals lead the series 3-0
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

 

 

 Darling on Mike Moustakas’ diving catch in foul territory in the sixth inning: “On the 11th anniversary of the Steve Bartman game, the Royals fans let [Mike] Moustakas catch the baseball.”

Ripken on how to approach Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera: “You’ve got to get the bat started. You know you’re going to get fastballs, you’re going to get a lot of them. The approach should be, give yourself three chances. I wouldn’t go taking [pitches].”

Ripken on the Royals’ approach to winning: “They truly find a way to win. That’s a symptom of all the good teams that are winning and are hot like they are. The diversity of their offense, the threat of steal, the first to third, the ground ball, they do everything they can to scratch away a win. And I haven’t seen anything like it.”

   Darling on pitcher Kevin Gausman: “At some point he’s going to be one of their most valuable starting pitchers. I know he’s in the pen now, but at some point, he’s a guy that’s going to give you 200 innings, win you 15 games, that’s how much talent he has.”

Darling on Gausman’s relief performance: “A heroic effort. He came in, though, he got ahead with that one fastball against Billy Butler and then made too good of a pitch that cost him a sac fly.”

Darling on outfielder Nelson Cruz’s power to all fields: “What makes him so valuable, and tough to pitch to…is that he can take you deep to right field, coast to coast.”

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The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

 

 

 Martinez on the focus of the Kansas City team: “The whole Kansas City team, you can look at them in the eyes and they are all focused, and that impressed me from this young team.”

Martinez on the performance by starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie: “He surprised me and surprised I think everybody because he not only competed in the key situations, when he was rattled by the Orioles, he came back and made quality pitches…unexpected for a guy that has spent 19 days without pitching in a real game.”

Martinez on Kansas City’s superior defense throughout the playoffs: “I’ve seen many things in the game, but a defense like I’ve seen in this postseason, believe me, I’ve never seen in my 18 years in the big leagues, in the postseason specifically. It’s impossible. I’ve never seen something like it.”

 Sheffield on first baseman Steve Pearce getting back on track at the plate: “I liked his approach today. He took a couple pitches, he seemed relaxed today, he got the fat part of the bat on the ball and good things happen when you do that. He had some quality at-bats but unfortunately the defense was there for the Royals again.”

Sheffield on who needs to rally the Baltimore team: “That guy is Adam Jones. He needs to get in front of the team and step up and tell these guys, ‘Hey, we still have a game to play. We just have to focus on one game at a time. Our backs are against the wall right now, but we just have to play Orioles baseball, and if we can get back to that, we can turn this series around.’”

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Notes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the ALCS, Game 2 – Royals vs. Orioles – Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the American League Championship Series – Game 2

Saturday, October 11, 2014

TBS’ exclusive presentation of the ALCS will continue Monday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. ET with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, followed by the Baltimore Orioles @ Kansas City Royals (Game 3) at 8 p.m. The night will conclude with The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1.

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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 exciting comeback by the Royals in Game 1: “I could not fall asleep last night thinking about everything that happened in that crazy game.”

Martinez on the versatility of the Royals: “This is a team that is very dangerous. Kansas City can play any kind of game they choose. They can play small ball, play defense, play with speed…anything. They can adjust to any kind of game…pick your poison.”

Sheffield on the Royals’ speed on the bases: “No matter what they do, they let you know that they’re going to steal bases. They don’t care who’s the pitcher or how quick you are to home. If they’re hitting, their main objective is getting to second base and then get the timely hit. If they can’t get to second base [with a double], they’ll steal second base. They’ve been doing it all series long; they’ll tell you about it and they’ll continue to do it.”

Sheffield on the defensive strength of the Royals: “This might be one of the best defensive teams I’ve ever seen.”

Martinez on Royals catcher Salvador Perez: “This kid has a bright future. He’s a smart kid and can guide the whole staff by himself. He deserves credit for Kansas City’s success.”

   Martinez on the postseason struggles of Orioles outfielder Adam Jones: “I can understand what he’s going through. He wants to do a lot more. He’s such a competitor, but he has to settle down and watch [Orioles] Nick Markakis taking pitches and being selective. Jones can feed off of Markakis at bat. Jones is a guy that is capable of doing everything. That’s the reason he’s hitting third. He needs to be selective with his pitches and feed off of what Markakis is doing.”

Sheffield on Orioles lead-off hitter Nick Markakis: “He’s going to turn out to be one of the best lead-off hitters in the game. They did a smart thing by taking him out of that third spot where he felt like he had to hit home runs and drive in runs. In the lead-off spot he can settle in and set the table. He likes to set up pitchers, drive the ball when he is ahead in the count and be the difference maker.”

Martinez on Markakis: “He’s the complete package. He can play defense, throw, run and hit with power. He’s very underrated and is the one that will bring all of the energy to the Baltimore Orioles today.”

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Kansas City Royals (6) @ Baltimore Orioles (4) – The Royals lead the series 2-0
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

 

 

 Ripken on Royals outfielder Alex Gordon’s Game 1 performance: “It was the Alex Gordon show. He’s their all-around best player. He showed us many facets of his game, including toughness. I know there are a lot of heroes every night…but he is a hero most nights.”

Darling on Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura : “This kid has unbelievable confidence in himself and, of course, his stuff. You know a pitcher has a good fastball when you’re an accomplished hitter, you know the fastball is coming and you’re still late.”

Ripken on the Royals’ confidence: “If you’re another team watching this series, you are realizing the scary thing about the Royals is they have gotten more and more confident, and they are very talented.”

Ripken on the leadership of Royals catcher Salvador Perez: “Perez’s leadership, ability to calm pitchers during excitable times in the playoffs and ability to fix mechanics has been a big intangible for the Royals this postseason.”

Darling on the Royals’ early-inning offense: “I don’t know whether it’s the confidence, the youth, good coffee or white egg omelets, but they have outscored the opposition in the postseason 16-6 in the first three innings. They’ve been getting off to quick starts.”

Darling on Royals outfielder Alex Gordon: “The player that [Royals manager] Ned Yost wanted on this team was an athletic player who could play defense, doesn’t strike out a lot and is a leader…Gordon represents all of that.”

Darling on the Royals postseason strategy: “In a postseason where one of the themes as been ‘We don’t want to get away from what we’ve done all year,’ you look at this Kansas City team. [Royals reliever] Kelvin Herrera pitched two innings yesterday; he never pitched the next day in the regular season…he’s pitching today.”

   Ripken on Orioles All-Star Adam Jones’ recent struggles in the postseason: “You are that guy. You are the All Star. Your team is relying on you and you want to be that guy, but you can’t fight yourself. You have to play the way you did during the course of the season.”

Darling on the resiliency of the Orioles: “Baltimore is a team that has a lot of resiliency and fight in them. That bodes well for the Orioles and for this series.”

Darling on Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris: “He is an excitable pitcher, pitches on adrenaline and kind of has that football mentality. He has come out of the blocks firing!”

Darling on the diving catch made by Orioles outfielder Adam Jones in the 3rd: “Adam Jones really is one of the few guys on the Baltimore lineup that can match the athleticism of the Kansas City Royals.”

Ripken on the Orioles bullpen: “The Orioles have a really in-depth bullpen. They are fighting and going back and forth with the Royals. Really, really exciting baseball.”

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The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   Sheffield on the Royals: “They make it happen. No matter what they do, they push all the right buttons and make all the right plays. They are the new, young kids in town now. They are here to stay.”

Martinez on the exciting baseball being played by the Royals: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen more exciting baseball, and I’ve never been in a series when you’ve seen more excitement than you’ve seen today. Kansas City is outstanding. They are a fun team.”  

Sheffield on the winning combination for the Royals: “This is going to be the team that everyone is talking about for years to come, because it starts with their pitching and ends with their defense. You can’t beat these guys.”

 

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Notes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the ALCS, Game 1 – Royals vs. Orioles – Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the American League Championship Series – Game 1

Friday, October 10, 2014

TBS’ exclusive presentation of the ALCS will continue today, Saturday, Oct. 11, at 3:30 p.m. ET with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, followed by the Kansas City Royals @ Baltimore Orioles (Game 2) at 4 p.m. The night will conclude with The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1.

 

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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 Kansas City’s outlook: “Last year, after the first half, I saw a team that was capable of doing it [winning], had a lot of energy, a lot of young players, hungry to win. I think Kansas City has all the tools and the momentum, the energy, and not only that, the talent to actually do it. They’re very pesky around the bases. They can cause a lot of trouble to any pitcher and they’re resilient.”

Sheffield on first baseman Eric Hosmer: “He’s in the middle of everything. He’s been that leader that they all expected him to be. He’s hitting home runs, driving in big runs…and he’s playing a heck of a defense at first base.”

   Sheffield on Buck Showalter: “You got the best manager in baseball, that’s what you call momentum.”

Sheffield on the Orioles carrying three left handers in the bullpen: “That’s a Jim Leyland move, that [Showalter] brought a third lefty in the bullpen to neutralize these big bats. When it gets late in the game, what’s going to happen is, he’s going to be able to waste one of these pitchers and have two waiting on you later to get them out of trouble. This is a big move.”

Martinez on the Orioles re-signing shortstop J.J. Hardy and the message that sends to the team: “That’s typical GM Dan Duquette. That’s the kind of GM he is, very professional. He knows how to go about his business…for Nelson Cruz, this is a good sign to see the fact that Dan Duquette is willing to pull the trigger.”

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Kansas City Royals (8) @ Baltimore Orioles (6) in 10 innings – The Royals lead the series 1-0
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

 

 

 

 Ripken on Kansas City’s mistakes: “It’s all about the execution, and Kansas City has executed all the way around [the postseason] except tonight. Salvador Perez had him picked off… Moustakas throws the ball away over at first base, so they are prone to the error but their execution hasn’t been perfect like it’s been so far.”

Ripken on shortstop Alcides Escobar and the complexities of playing every day: “Mentally it’s a real challenge going out there every day. And [Alcides] Escobar proved he can do that. Physically, you’re going to have bumps and bruises, and obviously he can play through those; it’s mentally how you keep a good frame of mind every day.”

Darling on the Royals being a team of destiny: “It’s just amazing how resilient this team is, to not score in the top of the ninth after having the bases loaded on three walks, you just feel like destiny is falling out of your dugout.”

   Darling on Showalter’s bullpen approach changing for the playoffs: “Buck Showalter said, ‘Hey, listen, everyone’s available, and we’ll try to eek out a win today. We’ll figure out tomorrow tomorrow; great way to think in the postseason.’”

Darling on outfielder Nick Markakis wanting to capitalize on his opportunity this series: “With his three hits, [Nick] Markakis is seeing the ball well tonight. He missed that postseason in 2012 with that broken hand. [He] wanted a shot, and made the most of it tonight.”

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The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   Sheffield on Kansas City’s resiliency: “This team bends, but they don’t break. That’s what I’m seeing. We had these kids as underdogs, that they’re glad to be here, ok, [we assumed that] they’ll be out of the series soon. But now, we’re saying, ‘Who can beat these guys?’ I don’t see anyone beating these guys.”

Martinez on the outfield’s impressive defensive range: “In the outfield, it looks like they have State Troopers. They chase all over the place.”

Sheffield on the Royals possessing two different styles of scoring runs: “Once they get to these smaller ballparks, they can reach the fences, and they can still play small ball. They put up crooked numbers.”

 

 

 Sheffield on outfielder Adam Jones struggling in the playoffs: “You have to have a short memory. Hitting third is the toughest place to hit in the order because you can get the leadoff guy on, you can get the second guy on, but the pitcher is really still not in trouble if you’re [too] aggressive and swing at bad pitches. You have to shrink the strike zone, make them throw strikes when people are on base. Now you’re going to get your pitch to drive. Even if you just hit a long fly ball, you move the runner over to third base to give your cleanup guy a chance to drive him in.”

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TBS’ Exclusive Coverage of the ALCS – Royals vs. Orioles – Begins Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsMLB Postseason on TBS Studio Team On Site Throughout ALCS

TBS’ exclusive coverage of the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles will begin Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. ET with Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.  Sports Emmy Award-winning commentator Ernie Johnson will call the series with analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken with reporter Matt Winer.

TBS’ studio team of host Casey Stern and analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield will be on site throughout the ALCS.  The MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200 will preview the action with a 30-minute show prior to each game. Stern, Martinez and Sheffield will also provide live post-game coverage with The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1.

In addition to the network’s ALCS coverage, Jaime Maggio will report from the National League Championship Series.

Following is the 2014 ALCS on TBS schedule:

Date Time (ET) Games/Commentator Teams
Friday, Oct. 10 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. ALCS Game 1: Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles

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

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

 
Saturday, Oct. 11 3:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez and Sheffield
4 p.m. ALCS Game 2: Royals at Orioles

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

 
Monday, Oct. 13 7:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez and Sheffield
8 p.m. ALCS Game 3: Orioles at Royals

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

 
Tuesday, Oct. 14 7:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez and Sheffield
8 p.m. ALCS Game 4: Orioles at Royals

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

 
Wednesday, Oct. 15 3:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez and Sheffield
4 p.m. ALCS Game 5*: Orioles at Royals

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

 
Friday, Oct. 17 7:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez and Sheffield
8 p.m. ALCS Game 6*: Royals at Orioles

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

Saturday, Oct. 18 7:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez and Sheffield
8 p.m. ALCS Game 7*: Royals at Orioles

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

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ESPN Baseball Tonight Analysts Share Postseason Insights and Predictions

ESPN-MLBWith the 2014 MLB Postseason underway, ESPN Baseball Tonight analysts Manny Acta, Mark Mulder, Rick Sutcliffe, Jessica Mendoza and Doug Glanville shared insights and predictions about key storylines, compelling matchups and players poised for breakout performances. ESPN.com also has comprehensive predictions from the ESPN Forecast panel and a deep roster of ESPN MLB Insiders including Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, Jayson Stark, Keith Law, Jerry Crasnick and Jim Bowden.
Baseball Tonight will continue throughout the postseason with nightly analysis and highlights on ESPN2, generally at midnight ET or at the conclusion of the final playoff game each night. Additionally, ESPN Radio will broadcast every game of the postseason.
Manny Acta on the Kansas City Royals
I’m expecting to see close games between the Royals and the Angels due to Kansas City’s pitching and defense and the lack of dominant starters for Angels. I think the Royals can surprise a lot of people during this postseason. Solid starters, a great bullpen, air-tight defense and late-inning speed off the bench can spell trouble for opposing teams.
Mark Mulder on the San Francisco Giants
Among managers, Bruce Bochy will have the most impact during the postseason. He will have to make many moves with a limited lineup and a patchwork rotation. He’s been through this before. They are a veteran team with a lot of playoff experience.
Rick Sutcliffe on the Washington Nationals
I like Washington’s pitching staff the most as this postseason begins. I also think that Anthony Rendon is a star.
Jessica Mendoza on breakout performances
Throughout the postseason, I expect Mike Trout to leave no doubt that he’s the best player in the league and has been for three years. We could also see breakout performances from Ian Desmond, Alex Gordon and Howie Kendrick.
Manny Acta on the Detroit Tigers-Baltimore Orioles series
I expect trouble for Detroit if their starters don’t go deep into the games. That bullpen will continue to struggle against the Orioles’ powerful offense.
Jessica Mendoza on a potential Washington Nationals-Baltimore Orioles World Series
The Nationals are the most complete team. They are finally healthy and have the sour taste of two years ago that they want to get past. The top four in the rotation are absolutely fantastic. On paper, the Angels are the team in all of Major League Baseball to beat. But October erases all of that. The Orioles have found a way all year. I like the matchup with the Tigers because although they have the inferior rotation, they can shorten the starting pitcher to five innings with Andrew Miller, Darren O’Day, Tommy Hunter and Zach Britton. Buck Showalter is masterful with his bullpen and willing to be aggressive.
Doug Glanville on the style of play this postseason
This postseason will be remembered as the playoffs that brought back ‘80s baseball. I expect it will be aggressive on the bases with teams bunting and stealing bases. The big hit can truly come from anyone.
Mark Mulder on a potential Detroit Tigers-Washington Nationals World Series
I expect to see the Washington Nationals meet the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. Both teams have the deepest rotations with well-balanced offenses.
Jessica Mendoza on the emergence of young pitchers
As much as I hate to say it because I am a hitter at heart, this has been the year of the pitchers. And specifically the next great wave of young starting pitchers:  Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Shoemaker, Wei-Yin Chen, Yordano Ventura and Lance Lynn.

Rick Sutcliffe on key storylines throughout the postseason
There are so many interesting things to look out for this postseason – the Royals athleticism, Nelson Cruz’s home runs, Matt Kemp’s health, Bruce Bochy having to be perfect again, Anthony Rendon’s emergence and more.
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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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