MLB NETWORK ADDS SEAN CASEY TO ON-AIR TALENT LINEUP
Three-Time All-Star Joins Versatile Roster as Studio Analyst
SECAUCUS, N.J. – MLB Network today announced that Sean Casey, who announced his retirement from baseball today after a 12-year Major League Baseball career, has joined its roster of on-air talent. Casey will join the cast of MLB Tonight, the live, nightly studio show that will be the signature program of the new network, and Hot Stove, a live, nightly off-season studio show, joining Barry Larkin, Al Leiter, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds and Mitch Williams as a studio analyst. All of the on-air personalities will appear on both shows, as well as other programming across MLB Network, which launched on January 1, 2009, in approximately 50 million homes as the
largest network debut in cable history.
“Sean’s reputation within baseball as one of the most likable players in the game will help him transition easily into an on-air role,” said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network. “We have no doubt he’ll be able to jump right in and add to the great chemistry we’ve already developed with our studio team.”
“I really don’t feel like I’m retiring, I just feel like I’m moving on to the next stage of my career,” said Casey. “Joining MLB Network is allowing me to do the two things that are most important to me, and that’s staying in baseball while getting to spend more time with my family.”
A three-time National League All-Star as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, Casey batted .302 with 130 home runs and 735 RBI in his career. He played for the Cleveland Indians (1997), the Reds (1998-2005), the Pittsburgh Pirates (2006), the Detroit Tigers (2006-07) and the Boston Red Sox (2008) and finished among the N.L.’s top 10 hitters three times in his career while batting over .300 in six seasons. In 2004, the University of Richmond graduate was the recipient of the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds’ Most Valuable Player. After being dealt from the Pirates to the Tigers at the trade deadline in 2006, Casey helped lead the team to its first American League pennant in 22 years. He was the Tigers’ top hitter in the postseason, going 16-for-37 overall – a batting average of .432 – and he starred
in the 2006 World Series, going 9-for-17 (.529) with a pair of home runs and five RBI in his first Fall Classic.
Known as “The Mayor” for being one of baseball’s most outgoing and likeable players, Casey was voted “the friendliest player in baseball” by fellow players in a Sports Illustrated poll in May 2007.
MLB Tonight will air live beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET until the final MLB game of the night ends between Monday and Saturday, and will be based out of MLB Network’s headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey. The program will feature live look-ins of games in progress, updates, highlights, reporting and analysis. Hot Stove airs during the off-season at 7:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and features news, reports, and analysis of the moves clubs are making and planning in preparation for the upcoming season.
MLB Network launched in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes on January 1, 2009 as the largest debut in cable television history, exceeding any other cable television launch by approximately 20 million. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans. For more information, go to mlbnetwork.com.