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

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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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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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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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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

Sunday MLB on TBS to Televise Derek Jeter’s Final Regular Season Game September 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsTBS’ Yankees/Red Sox Telecast to be Seen Nationally

MLB on TBS Pregame Studio Show Previews the Action at 1 p.m.

Sunday MLB on TBS will feature the final game of New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter’s storied career when the Yankees visit the Boston Red Sox on September 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET. The nationally televised game will be called by Ernie Johnson alongside analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken with Matt Winer reporting. Prior to the game at 1:30 p.m., the MLB on TBS Pregame studio show will preview the day’s action and discuss MLB Postseason storylines with host Casey Stern and analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield, who will also make their picks for league MVP and Cy Young Awards.

TBS will begin its eighth consecutive year of MLB Postseason coverage with its exclusive presentation of the 2014 MLB Wild Card presented by Budweiser featuring the American League matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 30. TBS will also be the exclusive television 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.

This season marks the first of Turner Sports’ new eight-year multimedia rights agreement with Major League Baseball that will extend the partnership to more than 40 years.

This week’s Sunday MLB on TBS schedule:

Sunday, Sept. 28

1 p.m. ET

MLB on TBS Pregame

Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)

1:30 p.m.

New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox

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

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Sunday MLB on TBS Heads to Motown September 14 for Indians vs. Tigers at 1 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsTBS Telecast to be Available in the Cleveland Broadcast Territory

Sunday MLB on TBS will continue September 14 with an American League Central showdown when the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera host the Cleveland Indians and Michael Brantley at 1 p.m. ET. Max Scherzer (16-5) is scheduled to take the mound for Detroit against Cleveland probable starter Trevor Bauer (5-8). The Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will be available in the Indians broadcast territory with Brian Anderson providing play-by-play alongside analyst Cal Ripken.

The upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS schedule will include the Tigers visiting the Kansas City Royals on September 21 at 2 p.m. Prior to the game at 1:30 p.m., the MLB on TBS Pregame studio show will preview the day’s action. Casey Stern will host alongside analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield.

TBS will begin its eighth consecutive year of MLB Postseason coverage with its exclusive presentation of the 2014 MLB Wild Card presented by Budweiser featuring the American League matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 30.  TBS will also be the exclusive television 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.

This season marks the first of Turner Sports’ new eight-year multimedia rights agreement with Major League Baseball that will extend the partnership to more than 40 years. As part of the new agreement, TBS has enhanced rights for its Sunday MLB on TBS game of the week with increased co-exist rights in the local markets.

Sunday MLB on TBS” Schedule:

 

Sunday, Sept. 14
 
1 p.m. ET Cleveland Indians @ Detroit Tigers
Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Cal Ripken (analyst)

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Sunday, Sept. 21  
   
1:30 p.m. MLB on TBS Pregame
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)
 
2 p.m. Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts)

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2014 MLB Postseason Begins on TBS with Exclusive Presentation of the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday, Sept. 30

mlb-on-tbsTBS to be the Exclusive Home of American League Postseason Coverage

Including the Wild Card, Both A.L. Division Series & ALCS

 TBS will begin its eighth consecutive year of Major League Baseball (MLB) Postseason coverage with its exclusive presentation of the 2014 MLB Wild Card presented by Budweiser featuring the American League matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 30.  TBS will also be the exclusive television 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.

The MLB Postseason on TBS will once again feature the trio of Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken calling one of the ALDS series and the ALCS.  They will also provide commentary for the American League Wild Card Game.

TBS’ studio coverage will include analysis by eight-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez and nine-time All-Star Gary Sheffield, anchored by studio host Casey Stern.

The network’s complete roster of commentators for the 2014 MLB Postseason:

  • Johnson, a Sports Emmy Award winner, will provide play-by-play with analysts Darling, a World Series Champion and former All-Star pitcher, and Hall of Famer Ripken for the American League Wild Card, one ALDS series and the ALCS. Matt Winer will join them as a reporter throughout the postseason.
  • Analysts Martinez and Sheffield, both World Series Champions, will pair with host Stern for the MLB on TBS studio coverage.  Stern is a veteran personality at SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio where he hosts Inside Pitch and has covered the MLB Postseason for several years. He previously hosted various shows and has covered the postseason for MLB.com.
  • Coverage of the additional ALDS will feature play-by-play from Brian Anderson with Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley and veteran analyst Joe SimpsonJaime Maggio will join them as a reporter during the ALDS, and she will also report from the National League Championship Series.
  • Reporters David Aldridge and Rachel Nichols will contribute to the network’s MLB Postseason coverage, reporting from the National League Division Series.

“Our MLB roster is a collective of leading voices with untouchable credentials and a deep knowledge of the game that resonates with our fans,” said Craig Barry, SVP of production and executive creative director, Turner Sports.  “We’re fortunate to have such a talented team in place for this year’s highly anticipated MLB Postseason.”

Additionally, in support of the industry-wide TV Everywhere initiative – which gives TV customers access to live programming wherever and whenever they want to watch it as part of their television subscription – all MLB Postseason games will be available to watch live across digital devices. Viewers can log in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider for access to live MLB Postseason games via www.tbs.com or the Watch TBS app.

MLB on TBS

This season is the first of Turner Sports’ new eight-year multimedia rights agreement with Major League Baseball that will extend the partnership to more than 40 years. TBS has broadcast the MLB Division Series and League Championship Series since 2007, and was the home of Atlanta Braves coverage from 1977 to 2007. In 2012, Turner and MLB extended their agreement through 2021.  The partnership represents one of the longest-running relationships between a media company and league in the history of televised sports.

About Turner Sports
Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all multimedia screens. Turner Sports’ television coverage includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and professional golf.  The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across broadband and mobile platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated Team Stream app, NCAA.com and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live suite of products, PGA.com and the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship LIVE, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile sites and connected device apps.  Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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Notes from “Sunday MLB on TBS” – Royals vs. Yankees – Sunday, September 7, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from “Sunday MLB on TBS” – Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday MLB on TBS continues September 14 at 1 p.m. ET with the Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers. The telecast will be available in the Indians broadcast territory. 

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Kansas City Royals (2) at New York Yankees (0)
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)

 

 

 Darling on the Royals: “I love the Royals. They have something magical working with their fans and they have something magical working on the field. More importantly, the way the game is played today, they’ve got it. If they beat you through six [innings], they’re going to beat you [in nine innings]. They don’t score a lot of runs but their bullpen has been unbelievable.”

Darling on Royals veteran Omar Infante: “He is a clutch player. He’s the kind of guy that will do anything to win. He’ll hit the ball the other way and he’s a good hit-and-run guy. He does all the little things that helps a team win.”

Darling on what the Royals learned from being in the 2013 AL Central race: “They learned a lot from last year. They were trying to hunt down the Detroit Tigers and were kind of in the race last year. They saw the trappings that can come with [being in the race] like all the media attention. They grew from that and it will help them this year.”

Darling on the Royals learning how to compete on a big stage like Yankee Stadium: “Part of becoming a postseason team…you have to learn how to play [at Yankee Stadium] and win. It’s like an art lover going to the Louvre. If you’re a baseball player, you come to Yankee Stadium.”

 

 

 Darling on Derek Jeter: “He wasn’t the best player in the league and sometimes, he wasn’t the best player on his own team, but he was the best winner that baseball has had in a long time.”

Darling on the Yankees’ offensive struggles: “In [Yankee Stadium], you try to put together a team that will pull the ball and hit it out of the ballpark. They haven’t found that this year.”

This season marks the first of Turner Sports’ new eight-year multimedia rights agreement with Major League Baseball that will extend the partnership to more than 40 years. As part of the new agreement, TBS has enhanced rights for its Sunday MLB on TBS game of the week with increased co-exist rights in the local markets. The network will also exclusively televise one Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, two of the four Division Series with the MLB Division Series coverage on TBS presented by T-Mobile and one League Championship Series during the 2014 MLB Postseason.

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Sunday MLB on TBS Continues September 7 with Royals vs. Yankees at 1:30 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsTBS to Televise Coverage of Special Pregame Ceremony Honoring Yankees Captain Derek Jeter

Sunday MLB on TBS will continue September 7 with a matchup between the New York Yankees and Derek Jeter hosting the Kansas City Royals and Alex Gordon at 1:30 p.m. ET. Prior to the game at 1 p.m., TBS will present coverage of the Yankees’ special ceremony to honor the historic career of Jeter, the 14-time All-Star, five-time World Series Champion and long-time team captain. Shane Green (4-1) is scheduled to take the mound for New York against Kansas City probable starter Yordano Ventura (11-9). Ernie Johnson will be in the TBS broadcast booth providing play-by-play alongside analyst Ron Darling.

The upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS schedule will include the Detroit Tigers visiting the Cleveland Indians on September 14 at 1 p.m. The telecast will be seen locally throughout the Indians’ broadcast territory.

This season marks the first of Turner Sports’ new eight-year multimedia rights agreement with Major League Baseball that will extend the partnership to more than 40 years. As part of the new agreement, TBS has enhanced rights for its Sunday MLB on TBS game of the week with increased co-exist rights in the local markets. The network will also exclusively televise one Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, two of the four Division Series with the MLB Division Series coverage on TBS presented by T-Mobile and one League Championship Series during the 2014 MLB Postseason.

Sunday MLB on TBS” Schedule:

Sun., September 7
1 p.m. Pregame Ceremony Honoring Derek Jeter
 
1:30 p.m. Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Sun., September 14  
 
1 p.m. Cleveland Indians @ Detroit Tigers
Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Cal Ripken (analyst)

Visit the Turner Sports online press room for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR

 

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