The rivalry between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies is on display in the premiere episode of MLB Network's first-ever game show, Baseball IQ, tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET, immediately followed by a matchup between the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays participants at 9:30 p.m. ET. Hosted by Matt Vasgersian, MLB Network's Baseball IQ is a recall-based trivia show featuring two participants, 30 minutes and a chance to win up to $45,000 for charity. Questions cover all things baseball, from current players and managers to World Series champions, MVPs, Cy Young Award winners, Hall of Famers, milestones and more.
MLB Network surveyed all 30 Clubs, MLB.com and the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum for the best and brightest trivia minds in their organizations to represent them, and thirty-two participants will be matched up in a bracket-style tournament across 31 episodes. Two new episodes will air every Tuesday through Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET from January 24 through February 23, leading up to the start of Spring Training.
Baseball IQ features participants including front office personnel, equipment managers, scoreboard operators and museum curators. Future first round episodes will include participants matched up in a bracket opposite their clubs' rivals, pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the Chicago Cubs, the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim against the Texas Rangers. The winning player of each episode will win $5,000 for the organization's charity they represent. The championship episode will award $25,000 for the winner's organization's charity and $15,000 to the runner-up's organization's charity.
MLB Network's programming schedule for the first round of Baseball IQ is available below. The complete bracket and information on rules, participants and charities can be found here. Additional show information and programming updates will be posted to MLB Network's Facebook page and Twitter feed via #MLBNBaseballIQ.
MLB Network's Baseball IQ - First Round Episode Schedule (all times Eastern)
Tuesday, January 24:
9:00 p.m. - Mets (Ben Baumer, Statistical Analyst) vs. Phillies (Jay McLaughlin, Baseball Information Analyst)
9:30 p.m. - Orioles (Jay Moskowitz, Coordinator, Baseball Information) vs. Rays (Shawn Hoffman, Asst., Baseball Research & Development)
Wednesday, January 25:
9:00 p.m. - Royals (Curt Nelson, Dir., Royals Hall of Fame) vs. Blue Jays (Howard Starkman, VP, Special Projects)
9:30 p.m. - Giants (Greg Marinec, Manager of Client Relations) vs. Dodgers (Seth Bluman, Dir. of Ticket Operations)
Thursday, January 26:
9:00 p.m. - Braves (Mark Lehman, Corporate Partnerships Manager) vs. Marlins (Dan Noffsinger, Asst. Dir. of Pro Scouting)
9:30 p.m. - Brewers (Jeff Hibicke, Senior Account Exec., Client Services) vs. Nationals (Samuel Mondry-Cohen, Baseball Operations Analyst)
Tuesday, January 31:
9:00 p.m. - Reds (Rich Linville, Scoreboard Operator) vs. Pirates (Steve Morse, Account Mgr., Premium Seating)
9:30 p.m. - Rockies (Aaron Heinrich, Dir. of Retail Operations) vs. Padres (Fred Gerson, Executive VP and CFO)
Wednesday, February 1:
9:00 p.m. - Angels (Shane Demmitt, Asst. Equipment Manager) vs. Rangers (Chuck Morgan, SVP, Ballpark Entertainment)
9:30 p.m. - Cardinals (Brian Finch, Mgr. of Stadium Tours/Museum Outreach) vs. Cubs (Ryan Balogh, Account Exec., Corporate Partnerships)
Thursday, February 2:
9:00 p.m. - MLB.com (Cory Schwartz, VP of Statistics) vs. Hall of Fame (Craig Muder, Dir. of Communications)
9:30 p.m. - Astros (Benjamin Coburn, Ticket Sales Rep.) vs. D-backs (Josh DeFamio, Supervisor, dbTV Graphics)
Tuesday, February 7:
9:00 p.m. - White Sox (Dan Fabian, Dir. of Baseball Operations) vs. Tigers (Ron Wade, Dir. of Marketing)
9:30 p.m. - Athletics (David Nosti, Account Manger) vs. Mariners (Tony Blengino, Special Asst. to the GM)
Wednesday, February 8:
9:00 p.m. - Red Sox (Billy Broadbent, Video Coordinator) vs. Yankees (Brian Richards, Museum Curator)
9:30 p.m. - Twins (Craig Nordquist, Guest Services) vs. Indians (Jeff Stocker, Season Ticket Account Exec.)
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