Sunday MLB on TBS Continues August 31 with Tigers vs. White Sox at 2 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsSunday MLB on TBS Continues August 31 with

Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox at 2 p.m. ET

TBS Telecast to be Available in the White Sox Broadcast Territory

Sunday MLB on TBS will continue August 31 with an American League matchup between division rivals when the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera visit the Chicago White Sox and Jose Abreu at 2 p.m. ET. Rick Porcello (15-8) is scheduled to take the mound for Detroit against Chicago probable starter Jose Quintana (6-10). The Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will be available in the White Sox broadcast territory with Brian Anderson providing play-by-play alongside analyst Cal Ripken.

The upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS schedule will include the New York Yankees hosting the Kansas City Royals on September 7 at 1:30 p.m. Prior to the game at 1 p.m., TBS will televise the Yankees’ special ceremony to honor the historic career of long-time team captain Derek Jeter.

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., August 31
2 p.m. ET Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox
Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Cal Ripken (analyst)

 

Upcoming 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)

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

 

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Sunday MLB on TBS Continues August 24 with San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals at 1:30 p.m. ET

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TBS’ Giants/Nationals Telecast to be Seen Nationally

Sunday MLB on TBS will continue August 24 with a matchup of National League contenders when the Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper host the San Francisco Giants and Buster Posey at 1:30 p.m. ET. Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to take the mound for Washington against San Francisco’s probable starter Ryan Vogelsong. The Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will be seen nationally with Ernie Johnson providing play-by-play alongside analyst Ron Darling.

The upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS schedule will include the Chicago White Sox hosting the Detroit Tigers on August 31 at 2 p.m. The White Sox/Tigers telecast will be seen locally throughout the Chicago 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., August 24
1:30 p.m. ET San Francisco Giants @ Washington Nationals
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Sun., August 31  
 
2 p.m. Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox
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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Notes from “Sunday MLB on TBS” – Dodgers vs. Brewers – Sunday, August 10, 2014

mlb-on-tbsSunday MLB on TBS continues August 17 at 1 p.m. ET with the Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers.

The telecast will be available nationally.

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Los Angeles Dodgers (5) at Milwaukee Brewers (1)
Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. (analysts)

 

 

Darling on Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw: “Pedro Martinez was the last pitcher that I watched that every one of his pitches – fastball, curve and change-up – were the best in baseball. I think the same thing when I see Clayton Kershaw pitch. All three of his pitches are the best in the game right now.”

 

Anderson on Kershaw: “He has really evolved. He was really good to start and he has turned into something historically good at this point in his career.”

 

Ripken on the Dodgers losing shortstop Hanley Ramirez to injury: “They are going to miss their shortstop [Ramirez]. He’s a good two-way player, he’s a presence in the middle of the lineup and defensively as well. They are really going to miss his offense. He can carry a team all by himself.”

 

Darling on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez: “He might be one of the most underrated hitters in the game. He’s never mentioned when you talk about the great hitters in both leagues.”

 

Ripken on outfielder Carl Crawford: “He can do so many things to create havoc on the base paths and he’s got a lot of power. It would be nice to see him really get going.”

 

 

Ripken on how the Brewers’ aggressive base running resulted in missed opportunities: “You want to be aggressive and move up [on the bases] but those were the mistakes that led to outs on the bases. That limits the opportunities against a pitcher like Clayton Kershaw.”

Darling on how teams try to create offense when facing dominant pitchers: “Teams facing pitchers like Kershaw try to think outside the box when they’re on the bases. They try to do everything they can to push the envelope to try to get some runs because it’s too difficult to put three or four hits together.”

Ripken on the Brewers feeling disappointed despite winning the series against the Dodgers: “The Brewers should be happy. They won two out of three against the Dodgers but they’re a little disappointed because they had their chances [against Kershaw]. They had guys in scoring position and they couldn’t capitalize. They could’ve beaten him today.”

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.

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

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Sunday MLB on TBS Continues August 10 with Dodgers vs. Brewers at 2 p.m. ET

MLB_TBS-lacedTBS Telecast to be Seen Locally Throughout L.A. Dodgers Broadcast Territory

Sunday MLB on TBS will continue August 10 with a matchup of National League contenders when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Yasiel Puig visit the Milwaukee Brewers and Jonathan Lucroy at 2 p.m. ET.  Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (13-2) is scheduled to take the mound for Los Angeles against Milwaukee’s probable starter Jimmy Nelson (1-2). In the TBS broadcast booth, Brian Anderson will provide play-by-play alongside analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr.  The Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will be seen locally throughout the Dodgers’ broadcast territory.

The upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS schedule will include the Seattle Mariners visiting the Detroit Tigers on August 17 at 1 p.m. and the Washington Nationals hosting the San Francisco Giants on August 24 at 1:30 p.m. Both games will be full national telecasts.

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., August 10
2 p.m. ET Los Angeles Dodgers @ Milwaukee Brewers
Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. (analysts)

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Sun., August 17  
 
1 p.m. Seattle Mariners @ Detroit Tigers
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and Darling (analyst)
Sun., August 24
1:30 p.m. San Francisco Giants @ Washington Nationals
Johnson (play-by-play) and Darling (analyst)

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

 

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Sunday MLB on TBS Continues July 20 with Royals vs. Red Sox at 1:30 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsTBS Telecast to be Seen Locally Throughout Royals’ Broadcast Territory

Sunday MLB on TBS will continue July 20 with an American League match-up between the Kansas City Royals and All-Star catcher Salvador Perez and the Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz at 1:30 p.m. ET. With broader co-exist rights this season, the Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will be seen locally throughout the Royals’ broadcast territory. Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura and Boston’s Jon Lester are scheduled to take the mound as the probable starting pitchers. In the TBS broadcast booth, Brian Anderson will provide play-by-play with analyst Cal Ripken, Jr.

“The Royals are a really good, young team. I think they will hang around in the second half of the season and will be exciting to watch,” said TBS MLB analyst Cal Ripken. “I’m a little surprised by the Red Sox’s first half of the season but they are a good team and I expect them to have a strong second half.”

Upcoming match-ups on the Sunday MLB on TBS schedule will include the Toronto Blue Jays visiting the New York Yankees on July 27 at 1 p.m.

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 will have 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., July 20
1:30 p.m. ET Kansas City Royals @ Boston Red Sox
Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Cal Ripken, Jr. (analyst)

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Sun., July 27  
 
1 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees
Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)

 

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Notes from “Sunday MLB on TBS” – Sunday, July 6, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from “Sunday MLB on TBS” – Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday MLB on TBS continues July 13, with the St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers, at 2 p.m. ET. The telecast will be seen locally throughout Wisconsin.

 

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New York Yankees (9) at Minnesota Twins (7)
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts)

 

 

 

Darling on determining if your team is a contender or a pretender: “The hardest part of the game for a general manager is trying to identify whether you’re a contender or a pretender. With the extra Wild Card [spot], every team that is .500 through the middle of August has a chance to make a run…but your eyes should tell you, if you haven’t made a run all year, it’s probably not going to happen.”

 

Darling on the recent Cubs/A’s trade: “That trade pushed the time for a lot of teams…when [Oakland general manager] Billy Beane made that deal, a lot of other general managers said, ‘The race is on.’”

 

Darling on Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter: “He’s the face of baseball for his generation of players. He’s represented himself well, his team well and the league well. You can’t say more about a player than that”

 

Ripken on the Yankees this season: “Their expectations are high. The pitching staff has pitched pretty well to stay in ball games but the offense needs to start to get going. That’s why I’m optimistic [about them]…they’ll fix their offense.”

 

Ripken on Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran: “He’s been a significant player. He’s put up big numbers and you could make a case that’s he’s a Hall of Fame player.”

 

Darling on Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury: “He’s a five-tool player but he hasn’t had one of those monster years where he hits everything across the board.”

 

Darling on Twins outfielder Sam Fuld: “He is a highlight reel every single time he plays.”

 

Ripken on Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia: “He’s big and powerful and has a long swing. He almost has an ‘all or nothing’ mentality [at the plate]. These types of hitters are normally very streaky. When they have their timing mechanisms down, they’re on time. When they’re not, they’ll swing and miss at quite a few pitches.”

 

Darling on Twins second baseman Brian Dozier: “I like what I’ve seen defensively from Dozier. He makes good decisions. He’s got good range and a strong arm.”

 

Ripken on Dozier: “He makes the tough plays look easy.”

 

Darling on the Baltimore Orioles: “Baltimore is starting to play the kind of baseball they thought they’d play from the start. When Chris Davis is playing, they have one of the deepest lineups in all of baseball.”

 

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Sunday MLB on TBS Returns July 6: Yankees vs. Twins at 2 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsSunday MLB on TBS Returns July 6:

New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins at 2 p.m. ET

Yankees/Twins Match-Up to be Seen Locally Throughout Minnesota

Sunday MLB on TBS will return July 6 with the New York Yankees and Derek Jeter visiting the Minnesota Twins and Joe Mauer at 2 p.m. ET. With broader co-exist rights this season, the Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will be seen locally throughout Minnesota.  New York’s Hiroki Kuroda and Minnesota’s Ricky Nolasco are scheduled to take the mound as the probable starting pitchers. In the broadcast booth, Ernie Johnson will provide play-by-play with veteran TBS MLB analysts Ron Darling and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken.

Upcoming match-ups on the Sunday MLB on TBS schedule will include the St. Louis Cardinals visiting the Milwaukee Brewers on July 13 at 2 p.m., with the telecast shown locally in Milwaukee. On July 20, the Boston Red Sox will host the Kansas City Royals at 1:30 p.m. in a game that will be available in the Kansas City market.

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 will have 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 MLB Division Series presented by T-Mobile and one League Championship Series during the 2014 MLB Postseason.

Below, TBS MLB analysts Darling hands out some hardware based on the first half of the season:

Ron Darling’s Mid-Season Awards:

 

 
 
MVP Mike Trout Jonathan Lucroy
 
 
CY YOUNG Felix Hernandez Clayton Kershaw
 
 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Masahiro Tanaka Billy Hamilton
 
 
MANAGER OF THE YEAR Bob Melvin Ron Roenicke
 

 

Sunday MLB on TBS” Schedule:

 

Sun., July 6
2 p.m. ET New York Yankees @ Minnesota Twins
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts)

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Sun., July 13  
 
2 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals @ Milwaukee Brewers
Johnson (play-by-play) and Darling (analyst)
Sun., July 20  
 
1:30 p.m. Kansas City Royals @ Boston Red Sox
Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Ripken (analyst)

 

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Notes from the 2013 MLB Postseason on TBS – October 3, 2013

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Notes from the 2013 MLB Postseason on TBS – October 3, 2013

The MLB Postseason on TBS continues today, Oct. 4, at 2:30 p.m. ET with MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Jeep followed by a tripleheader — Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox (Game 1) at 3 p.m.; the Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves (Game 2) at 6 p.m.; and the Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics (Game 1) at 9:30 p.m. The night will conclude with The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Johnnie Walker.

Quotes of the Night

Prior to the game, Tom Verducci on Braves Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann – who went a combined 1-for-7 in Game 1 – facing Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw: “What I like about this match-up for the Dodgers, two of the best hitters for the Braves, Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann, are left-handed. Is there a more difficult assignment for a left-handed hitter than Clayton Kershaw? The onus is going to be on the right-handed hitters in the Braves lineup.”

Mark DeRosa on Atlanta’s Game 2 starter Mike Minor: “He has to step up. If the Braves lose two at home, this [series] is over. He’s been their best pitcher for most of the year. It’s his moment.”

Pedro Martinez on Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig: “People are amazed by the things he does, but you haven’t seen anything yet. He is poised to do a lot of good things.”

Ron Darling on the Braves decision to leave Dan Uggla off the LDS roster in favor of Elliot Johnson: “The feast or famine Braves have lived and died with the home run all season long. Would you rather have Elliot Johnson at the plate four times in a game or Dan Uggla? That’s how I see it. They’ve done it all year [with Uggla]. To try to change now in the postseason seems counter-productive.”

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MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Jeep

Keith Olbermann (host), Mark DeRosa, Dirk Hayhurst, Pedro Martinez and Tom Verducci (analysts)

DeRosa on the challenge for a hitter to deal with shadows on the field: “In this moment, you can’t let it but I’d be lying if I said that guys don’t get frustrated with it. You’re asked to put your best foot forward, thousands of people in the stands, your season is on the line and you don’t even know if you’ll be able to see the ball.”

Verducci: “It’s so hard for a hitter to read spin when it looks like a grey blob.”

Verducci on the Pirates: “I’m not a huge believer in momentum, but I think they’re riding something here. If they can get [their momentum] into this game, it could be a long series.

Martinez: “If they were [dreaming], they better wake up and realize that they’re the real deal. They need to go out there and be confident, execute and understand that they have a lot to gain and very little to lose.”

Martinez on Pittsburgh’s Game 1 starting pitcher A.J. Burnett: “A.J. has all the tools to beat any team, but I’m concerned about him because if he could just be the ‘loose goose’ that doesn’t buy into the hype of the moment, he should have good results.”

DeRosa on St. Louis’ Game 1 starter Adam Wainwright: “He’s a beast. He’s what you want your organization to be represented by.”

Verducci on how to beat Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw: “You’re not going to beat Kershaw with runs, you’re going to have to out-pitch him.”

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Pittsburgh Pirates (1) at St. Louis Cardinals (9) – The Cardinals lead the series 1-0

Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Bob Brenly (analyst) with Matt Winer (reporter)

Brenly on Pirates veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd: “He’s a steadying influence [on the Pirates]. He’s a really good defender no matter where you put him in the outfield. He can hit for some power and he’s a high energy guy.”

Brenly on Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina: “He’s one of the most complete players in the game no matter what position they play.”

Brenly on Pirates catcher Russell Martin: “He’s a catch-first, call-a-game-first [player], his offense comes secondary. He has provided a lot of offense for the Pirates lineup, but his main value is how he’s handled this [pitching] staff.”

Brenly on the bullpens for the Cardinals and Pirates: “Like most postseason series, the bullpens are going to play a big part. The Pirates are very happy with the guys they have in their bullpen and the Cardinals bring one flame-thrower in after another.”

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Bank of America Game Break

Olbermann, DeRosa, Hayhurst, Martinez and Verducci

DeRosa on Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe: “He’s handled this [postseason] moment many times and I look for him to come up with some big things.”

DeRosa on Yasiel Puig’s approach at the plate: “This guy is doing it on sheer, raw ability. I don’t know what he’s thinking at the plate with some of the pitches he swings at…can you imagine him in a couple of years when he has a plan and has had time to work with some other great hitters? It could get scary.”

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Los Angeles Dodgers (6) at Atlanta Braves (1) – The Dodgers lead the series 1-0

Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)

Ripken on Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig: “He plays with reckless abandon. Sometimes you want to pull him back a little bit but, with the type of player that he is, you kind of want to let him go. That’s a tough task for [Dodgers manager] Don Mattingly.

Ripken on Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw: “Clayton Kershaw’s ball jumps on you. He’s got good velocity but also has hesitation in his motion that’s very deceptive to the hitter.”

Ripken on Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons: “He makes things look easy and that’s a really good trait. There are some shortstops that make every play look really hard. Watching [Simmons], he makes everything look easy.”

Darling on Clayton Kershaw’s curveball: “That pitch is what separates him from everyone else. He’s got one of the best curveballs I’ve ever seen from a left-handed pitcher.”

Darling on Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman: “Freeman is a big man but he has great quickness at first base. He’ll win some Gold Gloves [in his career].”

Ripken on the Dodgers performance in Game 1: “It was a perfect game for the Dodgers. They got everyone going.”

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The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Johnnie Walker

Olbermann, DeRosa, Hayhurst, Martinez and Verducci

Verducci on the Braves vs. Clayton Kershaw in Game 1: “When you’re going up against Clayton Kershaw, runs are going to be at a premium. You have to play a clean game and [the Braves] did not.”

Martinez on how the Cardinals lineup wore down A.J. Burnett: “The St. Louis Cardinals lineup was structured to make [Burnett] labor. The only chance I gave him was if he was perfect mechanically, mentally and stuff-wise. Even though his stuff looked good, he was laboring from the first inning on. It’s all because of the way [the Cardinals] approached Burnett.”

 

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Notes from the American League Tiebreaker – September 30, 2013

MLB-ON-TBSNotes from the American League Tiebreaker – September 30, 2013                             

The MLB Postseason on TBS gets underway tonight, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. ET with MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Jeep followed by the Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates at 8 p.m. in the Wild Card presented by Budweiser. The night will conclude with The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Johnnie Walker.

Quotes of the Night

Pedro Martinez predicted the Tampa Bay Rays will win the tiebreaker during the pre-game show: “Tampa Bay will say, ‘enough is enough.’ Momentum is on their side.”

Tom Verducci, during pre-game, on the key to the tiebreaker, the Rays would score in the first inning and go on to win the game: “The key to this game is [playing] small ball and getting out in front first.”

John Smoltz on the A.L. Wild Card bound Tampa Bay Rays: “They never cease to amaze me. They just get after it. They enjoy playing and nothing fazes them.”

 

Tom Verducci on the future of the Texas Rangers: “This team has got a lot of good young players, especially pitching, that’s locked up. They’re in good shape and they’re not going away. But the franchise history is not good. This is the eighth game they’ve played with a chance to get to the postseason or advance in the postseason…they’re 1-7. There is a history that the Rangers have to bear.”

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MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Jeep

Keith Olbermann (host), Pedro Martinez and Tom Verducci (analysts)

Martinez on Nelson Cruz being anxious at the plate in his return from suspension: “He might be anxious, he wants to do a lot for the team and he wants to come up with some answers for why he wasn’t there for the team. He will be anxious and I would take advantage of that. I would expand the strike zone and give him a taste of everything to see if he chases.”

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Tampa Bay Rays (5) at Texas Rangers (2) – The Rays advance to the A.L Wild Card to face the Cleveland Indians

Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Joe Simpson and John Smoltz (analysts) with David Aldridge (reporter)

Smoltz on a tiebreaker game: “Anyone who says it’s a regular game is kidding themselves. This is the closest thing to a Game 7.”

Smoltz on a starting pitchers’ mentality in a tiebreaker: “Starting pitchers have to come out like a closer…each inning could be your last.”

Smoltz on a pitcher’s mentality in high-pressure situations: “The hardest thing for a pitcher to do in this situation is thinking about ‘what-ifs.’ You have to lock in on one hitter and try to avoid the crooked number. You can’t worry about what might happen and giving up a big inning.”

Smoltz about pitching in big games: “What I love about these types of games is that every pitcher comes in with scripted plays like a head coach in football. You want to have a game plan that you can execute to its fullest. It’s when the hitters start making you change that execution that makes the difference [in the game].”

Simpson on Rangers starter Martin Perez pitching five-plus innings after a rough first inning: “I give him a lot of credit. He really could have folded in the first inning…he didn’t.”

Smoltz: “This is going to help him in the future. I know he didn’t want to give up any runs but he held himself together.”

Smoltz on Rays rookie outfielder Wil Myers: “He’s the second coming of a young Dale Murphy. He’s got the look, the [batting] stance and the raw ability he has to hit a fastball.”

Smoltz on the Rays’ patience at the plate: “Their patience has paid off in this game. You can get awfully anxious and the team that can play like it’s a regular season game and take what the pitcher gives you. Tampa has done that.”

Simpson on Rays’ outfielder Ben Zobrist: “Zobrist is good at dropping his bat on the ball. He doesn’t over-swing.”

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The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Johnnie Walker

Olbermann, Martinez and Verducci

Martinez on Rays’ winning pitcher David Price: “He deserves a lot of credit because he struggled the whole night. He was recoiling [with his delivery], he was having a hard time keeping the ball low and he was having a hard time spotting the ball. He still managed to keep Texas under control.”

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Notes from The MLB Postseason on TBS Conference Call

tbs-mlbParticipants: TBS MLB analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, along with Craig Barry, SVP of production & executive creative director, Turner Sports

For a complete replay of today’s call – MLB Postseason on TBS

Craig Barry on TBS’ coverage of the 2013 MLB Postseason: “We’re very excited for the start of the MLB Postseason and couldn’t be more pleased with our announcer teams and production updates that we have assembled, both for our game and studio coverage.

“As you may know, we have a deep roster of talent with four great commentator teams covering the Division Series and, of course, our all new studio team. We believe Ron [Darling] and Cal [Ripken] joining Ernie [Johnson] in the booth will provide the dynamic, compelling listen for the Wild Card Game all the way through the NLCS with a great pitcher and hitter dynamic.  We will also debut our brand-new studio team with Pedro Martinez, Tom Verducci and Keith Olbermann.

“In addition to the lineup of commentators, we are also unveiling a few new technologies, one of which is the first time use of what we refer to as a “Truss Cam,” a camera that sits [just beyond] the outfield wall, with anywhere from 125-300 feet of track. This camera will provide us a lot of dynamic movement as we are covering the game, ultimately creating a better experience for the fan and new angles [for TBS] to televise the game. Also, we have the phantom cam, which we refer to as “TBS Total Motion.”  This camera has the ability to capture 3,000 frames-per-second. This is a great analyst tool to see the release of the ball from a pitcher, the spin of the contact on the bat, and we plan to be seeing a lot of this at the remotes and in the studio as well.”

Ripken predicts the Los Angeles Dodgers will win the National League: “It almost appears to be the Dodgers’ year. They seem to have an energy and a magic. Maybe it’s [Yasiel] Puig, maybe its [Hanley] Ramirez coming in and really stabilizing the team with his play, but the Dodgers seem to have a little magic and those two hot pitchers [Kershaw and Greinke].”

Ripken predicts the Detroit Tigers will win the American League: “I like the Detroit [Tigers] coming out of the American League. The Red Sox have had a really good season, and they could win as well, but Detroit has a good starting [pitching] staff and the ability to score runs.”

Darling on the Dodgers’ postseason outlook: “They are definitely the wild card team that is not a wild card. They are so talented. With the postseason format, in a five game series, you have to have those high-end pitchers that can take away contact. You have certain pitchers that take the hitters out of play. [Clayton] Kershaw and [Zack] Greinke are two of those guys. In a short series, that makes the Dodgers a very tough opponent. That being said, the Dodgers offense is good, [but] you can’t substitute for two outstanding pitchers. When Kershaw is at his best, he’s just about unhittable.”

Ripken on the Dodgers: “The Dodgers are a hot team. It does concern me that they haven’t played meaningful games. Sometimes you have to ask yourself, ‘Can you flip the switch on at the right time?’ Overall, they proved they can be a really hot team and play really well together [and] those two, hot pitchers [Kershaw and Greinke] at the top of the rotation give [the Dodgers] a great chance to go deep into the playoffs. I like the Dodgers moving on [to the NLCS].”

Darling on Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe: “The guy to look for that could be kind of a wild card is third baseman Juan Uribe, who’s had a solid second half. We know what [Uribe] can do in the postseason. We saw it in 2010 with the [San Francisco] Giants. Here is a guy who has performed on a high level, on a high stage during the playoffs. I think he’s the guy that could be a wild card for that offense.”

Darling on the Boston Red Sox: “Boston has a lot of different ways to beat you. They played a lot of the summer without [Clay] Buchholz, who is going to play a big part [in the postseason]. [Buchholz] is on that level of [Zack] Greinke and [Clayton] Kershaw when he is on.

Ripken on the Red Sox: “It’s been an amazing turnaround from one year to the next. When you talk about chemistry and culture, you look at a really good team last year that couldn’t get it together. [Manager] John Farrell came in and helped fix the two guys at the top, [Clay] Buchholz and [Jon] Lester, that started this whole thing moving. They are a confident team [that] can win in many different ways. They’re a magical team that can win in the last at bat.”

Ripken on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia: “I like Dustin Pedroia’s leadership and the way he sees the game. It’s almost like a Derek Jeter in the middle of that lineup. [Pedroia] is very important.”

Darling on the Oakland Athletics: “The Oakland [Athletics] have had two fantastic years and you would love to see them showcase all of this talent that we are just learning about now.”

Darling on the Pittsburgh Pirates: “I like their chances. I think they are another team that is [going into the Postseason] hot. If they go deep into the playoffs, their ballpark might be the 10th man, and that’s an amazing thing. Pittsburgh has been so starved for so long that they have excitement there that might really lift their team up. I knew they had a lot of talent…this year they were able to finish it off. I’m excited for Pittsburgh and I hope they get a home game for the playoffs. They’ve had a magical season.”

 

Ripken on the Pirates:  “I would have never thought we would be talking about them in the playoffs; I was hoping for a .500 season. They are doing a lot of things right and rebuilding in the right way. As the season went on, you start to see the talent and the depth that they had developed. I think they have a legitimate chance in the playoffs. AJ Burnett is throwing the ball well, his leadership has been very good. Gerrit Cole has a very live arm, a power arm and you can’t forget about [Francisco] Liriano…I like them picking up Justin Morneau and Marlon Byrd with their experience. They give them some depth and a chance to score some runs. They’re a balanced team, I like their chances.”

Darling on the Texas Rangers’ late season struggles: “The Texas Rangers have been so good for so long. What I see is they were one pitch, one out, one catch away from celebrating, only to having their hearts broken. Occasionally, what happens is it makes it difficult to recapture that magical moment…That’s what you’re going against. You’re going against that karma, whatever it is that baseball gives you where you have that moment and it passes you by. Then you start to question, ‘That was our moment. I knew we were going to have more moments, but that was ours and we let it pass by.’”

Darling on Tampa Bay Rays rookie Wil Myers: “When I watch him hit, he reminds me of Bamm-Bamm [from the Flintstones]. That’s how he hits. He kind of stands in there and dares you to throw it over the dish. He doesn’t even follow through, and has a swing that just pounds it. In this day and age, where you have a lot of guys that have perfect swings, Wil Myers seems to see it and hit it.”

Ripken on the importance of a team going into the postseason on a hot streak: “It is all about how you are playing when you go into the playoffs. We make a big deal about wild card teams that are battling it out until the end, and they ride their momentum into the playoffs. The game is about some streaks. Sometimes when you are playing really cold, the playoffs become a new starting point for you. A team that is playing well, is confident and their pitching is going well is what you need in playoffs. If you match that with playoff experience, so now the playoffs aren’t new for you, then you really have something.”

Darling on hypothetically changing the Wild Card format to a best-of-three series: “That’s a good idea. I think it’s very difficult to play like the Rays and Indians have played [down the stretch] and have a one-and-done situation. I think that the days off that are scheduled in the postseason would be nonexistent and that’s alright. Watching the St. Louis and Atlanta [NL Wild Card Game] last year and seeing the infield fly rule being a big part of that game and having Atlanta having to go home, that’s a tough pill to swallow. The fairness of it all would be nice if they played the best two out of three.”

Ripken: I really like the one-game [Wild Card] playoffs. You’re expanding the playoffs to add another team which affects a lot of people down the stretch…We all love the excitement of a Game 7 mentality…I firmly believe that a wild card team should be a little handicapped. There should be a value for winning that division.”

Ripken on the difference between managing in the regular season and the postseason: “When you get to the playoffs you shorten the depth of your teams or you might expand the role of a closer. You have to be willing to start making more urgent decisions. The manager does play a role in the outcome of a series with how he makes decisions and how long he sticks with his pitchers. Many managers try to manage like it’s the regular season but I think there’s a danger to that. I think you really have to think more urgently than you do in the regular season.”

Darling on managers utilizing more “small ball” strategy in the postseason: “If you have this big power lineup and you score most of your runs during the regular season by hitting home runs, those tend to dry up a little in the postseason because you’re facing the best pitchers. That’s why I think you’ll see managers using the hit-and-run and trying to do some stuff small ball variety. Those are the kind of things I think managers will do.”

Ripken on the importance of having home field advantage during the Wild Card Games: “Both teams who won [Wild Card Games] last year were road teams. I know when you play in big games, there is pressure that starts to mount. Many times if the road team scores first and then it’s the sixth inning and you have a one run lead, the pressure starts to build on the team that is behind. In a weird way, home field advantage doesn’t matter as much in the one game situation.”

Darling on a manager’s mentality in a Wild Card Game: “You manage it like it’s a Game 7. You do everything you have to and answer questions later. If you’re watching your team and you see a pitcher that might not be performing his best, you would never take him out in the second inning of a regular season game but [in the postseason] it doesn’t look right, so you go get him. Those are the hard decisions that a manager has to make in the postseason.”

Ripken on managers needing to have a good sense of their team in the postseason: “Managers have to keep in mind, ‘How did we get here? What is the nucleus of our team?’ You don’t want to make changes just for the sake of making changes. Keep in mind that the pitching will be tougher. Maybe you do bunt earlier. I like the hit-and-run as a play because, by putting someone in motion, you can create a first-and-third situation, which takes a lot of pressure off the offense. Maybe you play a little ‘small ball’ to get a lead. I would avoid any drastic changes in your lineup. You’re a good team so you have to avoid being too radical. [Rays manager] Joe Maddon is radical with his defensive alignments and he’s not afraid to do things but he has a real good sense of his team.”

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