TBS will exclusively televise the announcement of the 2012 American League and National League All-Star rosters Sunday, July 1, at 1 p.m. ET during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell. Host Matt Winer will be joined by analysts Dennis Eckersley, Cal Ripken and David Wells to introduce the teams and provide analysis on the selections. The show also will feature live interviews with All-Star managers Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and Tony La Russa, who managed the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals last season.
The 2012 MLB All-Star Game will be held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. The American League team will have nine starters elected via fan balloting, while the National League team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by Washington and La Russa, in conjunction with MLB.
“Sunday MLB on TBS” will follow the Selection Show at 2 p.m. with an American League match-up featuring 12-time All-Star Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees hosting five-time All-Star Paul Konerko and the Chicago White Sox. Calling the action will be Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and John Smoltz (analysts).
In October, TBS will exclusively televise the American League and National League Wild Card games and will once again provide coverage of all four MLB Division Series (DS) and exclusive coverage of the American League Championship Series (ALCS).
TBS will announce future games on its schedule coinciding with its selection windows. The games included in the TBS MLB package will not be televised in the team’s home television territory.
TBS has broadcast MLB games for more than 30 years, serving as the exclusive home of the MLB Division Series (DS) and one League Championship Series (LCS) since 2007 and home of Atlanta Braves coverage from 1977 to 2007.