SiriusXM to Broadcast from Baseball Winter Meetings Dec. 7-11

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MLB Network Radio and Mad Dog Sports Radio channels will offer live coverage from San Diego

Listeners will hear insight and commentary from former GMs Jim Bowden, Jim Duquette and Steve Phillips, Rookie of the Year/World Series champion Todd Hollandsworth, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo and others

NEW YORK – December 3, 2014 – SiriusXM will broadcast live from the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego, CA, starting Sunday, December 7, through Thursday, December 11, offering listeners nationwide a place to get the latest news and participate in a daily in-depth discussion on free agents, trades and other ‘Hot Stove’ topics from Major League Baseball.

Two of SiriusXM’s exclusive sports talk channels – MLB Network Radio (Sirius channel 209, XM channel 89) and Mad Dog Sports Radio (SiriusXM channel 85) – will broadcast live from San Diego, where club owners, front office executives, managers and many others from the major and minor leagues will be gathered to discuss offseason baseball business.

SiriusXM’s hosts include experts in front office deals and decision-making – former general managers Jim Bowden, Jim Duquette and Steve Phillips – as well as former major league outfielder and World Series champion Todd Hollandsworth, who will provide a player’s perspective.  They will be joined by fellow MLB Network Radio hosts Mike Ferrin, Casey Stern, Jim Memolo and Scott Miller in San Diego, where they will interview many of the executives and managers in town, provide reports on the latest news, and talk with fans around the country about their team’s off-season needs.

Additionally, Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo will be in San Diego to host his daily radio and TV shows, Mad Dog Unleashed on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio channel and High Heat on MLB Network.

The following programs will broadcast live from San Diego: (All times ET)

Sunday, Dec. 7

On MLB Network Radio:

4 pm – 7 pm: The Front Office with Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette

Monday, Dec. 8Wednesday, Dec. 10

On MLB Network Radio:

10 am – 1 pm: The Leadoff Spot with Steve Phillips and Todd Hollandsworth

1 pm – 2 pm: MLB Network’s High Heat with Christopher Russo

2 pm – 6 pm: Inside Pitch with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern

6 pm – 7 pm: MLB Network’s MLB Tonight

7 pm – 10 pm: Power Alley with Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin

10 pm – 1 am: MLB Roundtrip with Jim Memolo and Scott Miller

On Mad Dog Sports Radio:

3 pm – 7pm: Mad Dog Unleashed with Christopher Russo

Thursday, Dec. 11

On MLB Network Radio:

10 am – 1 pm: The Leadoff Spot with Steve Phillips and Todd Hollandsworth

1 pm – 4 pm: Winter Meetings Wrap-up with Jim Bowden, Jim Duquette and Casey Stern

For more info visit www.siriusxm.com.

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

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

Peter Gammons, Jon Heyman, Ken Rosenthal & Joel Sherman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carlos Pena Joins MLB Network as Studio Analyst

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

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

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

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

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

Awards Coverage Includes BBWAA Awards, Players Choice Awards,

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

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

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

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

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

World Series Game 1 Drives FOX to Prime Time Ratings Win

MLB ON FOX: LOGONetwork Posts Best Prime Time Tuesday Since 2012

FOX Deportes Posts Record-Breaking Viewership;

Kansas City Posts Best Local Game 1 Rating Since 2007

Kansas City – The San Francisco Giants and starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner dominated the upstart Kansas City Royals to take Game 1 of the 2014 World Series 7-1 last night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, and viewership of the spectacle led FOX to dominate the night.

Game 1 of the 2014  World Series notched a 7.3/12 household rating share, with 12.2 million viewers, according to fast national figures issued today by Nielsen, and ranks as FOX’s highest-rated and most-watched prime time broadcast since an edition of AMERICAN IDOL in February.  Additional points follow:

•       From 8:05 to 11:00 PM ET, FOX averaged a 7.7/13 with 12.8 million viewers, and once final nationals are issued, it projects to win the night in prime time (A18-49) and to be the network’s best Tuesday night performance in over two-and-a-half years (Feb. 2012).

•       FOX Deportes’ coverage of World Series Game 1 averaged 273,000 total viewers, the most for a World Series game in Spanish language television history, +77% (273,000 vs. 154,000) vs. Game 1 last year, and +81% (273,000 vs. 151,000) vs. Game 1 in 2012, the last time San Francisco competed in the Fall Classic.  When viewership on FOX Deportes is combined with FOX, the total average audience for Game 1 is 12.5 million viewers, down from 14.4 million viewers for Game 1 last year, while up compared to Game 1 in 2012 (12.2 million viewers).

•       Ratings in the two competing markets were nothing short of spectacular.  Kansas City led all markets, posting a 48.2/68, the best rating for World Series Game 1 in any market since 2007, while San Francisco registered a 29.3/50.  Sacramento posted a 23.0/37, followed by St. Louis (13.3/20) and Las Vegas (11.1/19) to round out the top five.

•       Viewership for Game 1 would have greatly benefitted from a more competitive contest.  Initial tune-in was a 6.9/12 from 8:05-8:30 PM ET, with ratings peaking at 8.5/14 from 9:00-9:30 PM ET as the Royals threatened but failed to score in the home third. Ratings decreased throughout the evening as the Giants extended their lead to 7-0 and finished off with a 5.7/12 from 11:30-11:41 PM ET.

•      World Series Game 1 broke records for FOX Sports GO, reaching a new best day ever for authenticated viewership.  Yesterday’s reach outperforms the prior record-holding day (Oct. 12, 2014, Game 2 of the NLCS) by 13%.  FOX Sports GO was downloaded more yesterday than any weekday since its launch on iOS.

Live coverage of World Series Game 2 begins tonight on AMERICA’S PREGAME on FOX Sports 1 at 6:00 PM ET before shifting to Kansas City at 7:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Deportes and streaming live on FOX Sports GO at 7:30 PM ET.

– FOX SPORTS –

Dan Shulman to Serve as Voice of the World Series on ESPN Radio

ESPN-MLBDan Shulman to Serve as Voice of the World Series on ESPN Radio

  • ESPN Radio to Exclusively Broadcast Every Game with Aaron Boone Joining Shulman
  • Baseball Tonight & SportsCenter Roadshows in Kansas City, San Francisco
  • Karl Ravech, Curt Schilling, John Kruk, Barry Larkin, Buster Olney Among Dozens of Contributors to ESPN’s Multiplatform Series Coverage

ESPN Radio, in its 17th consecutive Major League Baseball postseason, will serve as the exclusive radio broadcast home of the Fall Classic. Dan Shulman – the voice of Sunday Night Baseball – and analyst Aaron Boone will describe the action for each game while Jon Sciambi, analyst Chris Singleton and ESPN MLB Insider Peter Pascarelli will lead on-site pregame and postgame coverage with in-studio host Marc Kestecher. Pregame coverage generally begins at 7 p.m. ET, one hour prior to first pitch. All World Series games will be available on ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com, via the ESPN Radio app, iTunes Radio, Slacker and TuneIn.

ESPN, in its 25th season of Major League Baseball coverage, will have on-site Baseball Tonight telecasts for each World Series game (generally at 7 p.m. and midnight) on ESPN2. Karl Ravech will be joined by Baseball Hall of Famer and Baseball Tonight analyst Barry Larkin, Sunday Night Baseball analysts John Kruk and Curt Schilling and ESPN MLB Insiders Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian for analysis, predictions, highlights and commentary. Veteran commentator Chris Berman and Baseball Tonight host Adnan Virk will also join the Baseball Tonight telecasts for on-field interviews and commentary in Kansas City, Mo. and San Francisco, respectively. Baseball Tonight coverage will begin Monday, Oct. 20, with a World Series preview show at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

SportsCenter with Linda Cohn and David Lloyd will air live from just outside of Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City in advance of Games One and Two on Tuesday, Oct. 21, and Wednesday, Oct. 22, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. SportsCenter will also provide daily, on-site updates throughout the World Series beginning at 9 a.m. with Ravech, Larkin, Kruk, Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian and analysts Aaron Boone, Chris Singleton and Rick Sutcliffe. Additionally, analysts Mark Mulder and Doug Glanville will offer insights on SportsCenter from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. studios.

ESPN.com will provide extensive World Series content including feature stories, previews, rankings, predictions and breaking news from ESPN MLB Insiders Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, Jayson Stark, Jerry Crasnick, Jim Caple, David Schoenfield and Jim Bowden. ESPN.com highlights include:

ü  Live, 15-minute Baseball Tonight at the World Series digital shows before each game;

ü  A dedicated World Series page with extensive game coverage, news, analysis, scouting reports, expert predictions, SportsNation polls, videos and statistics;

ü  Baseball Tonight Spotlight and Baseball Tonight Minute video analysis;

ü  Weekday Baseball Tonight podcast with Buster Olney and a cast of experts;

ü  Live social media streaming during each game on the MLB scoreboard page;

ü  Daily posts from ESPN’s Stats & Analysis group including interactive heat maps;

ü  Live blog updates before, during and after the games from SweetSpot blogger David Schoenfield;

ü  Jim Bowden’s ranking of all 50 players on the World Series rosters;

ü  Special features including:

  • World Series Timeline: An interactive look at all 109 previous Fall Classics;
  • Un-4-gettable: A collection of Chris Morris illustrations highlighting past World Series ending in the number “4;”
  • Armchair Manager: Grading and assessing the World Series managers with help from followers on Twitter and Facebook.

ESPN Deportes will cover the World Series across studio programming including SportsCenter, Los Capitanes, Cronometro, #Redes and Nacion ESPN.
ESPN Deportes Radio, in its tenth consecutive season broadcasting the World Series, will broadcast every game with Eduardo Ortega, the Spanish voice of the San Diego Padres, anchoring the coverage. Ortega will be joined by Renato Bermudez, Armando Talavera and Jose Francisco Rivera.

ESPN International will televise the World Series in Latin America, the Pacific Rim, the Caribbean and on cruise ships.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network(s)
Mon, Oct 20 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2, WatchESPN
Tue, Oct 21 TBD Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  7 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Chris Berman, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. World Series: San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals – Game One

Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone

ESPN Radio
  12:30 a.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed, Oct 22 TBD Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  7 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Chris Berman, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. World Series: San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals – Game Two

Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone

ESPN Radio
  1:30 a.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri, Oct 24 TBD Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  8 p.m. World Series: Kansas City Royals at San Francisco Giants – Game Three

Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone

ESPN Radio
  12 a.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat, Oct 25 TBD Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  8 p.m. World Series: Kansas City Royals at San Francisco Giants – Game Four

Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone

ESPN Radio
  3 a.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun, Oct 26 TBD Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  7 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, Adnan Virk

ESPN2, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. World Series: Kansas City Royals at San Francisco Giants – Game Five*

Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone

ESPN Radio
  12 a.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2, WatchESPN
Tue, Oct 28 TBD Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  7 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Chris Berman, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. World Series: San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals – Game Six*

Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone

ESPN Radio
  12 a.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed, Oct 29 TBD Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  7 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Chris Berman, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. World Series: San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals – Game Seven*

Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone

ESPN Radio
  1 a.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2, WatchESPN

*If necessary

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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.”

– FOX SPORTS –

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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