Larkin will be part of the first broadcast, which will go on the air at 6 p.m. ET on Jan. 1 with a live, one-hour Hot Stove studio show. Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series will follow, airing for the first time since its original broadcast and featuring new commentary by Larsen and Yogi Berra.The MLB Network is projected to launch in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes, exceeding any other cable television launch by approximately 20 million. It will feature live games, original programming, highlights, classic games and coverage of baseball events. Larkin is considered one of the best shortstops in Reds history, collecting 2,340 career hits with a lifetime batting average of .295. Larkin also won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1995 and three Gold Gloves. He will bring his insight to a pair of the Network's key programs. MLB Tonight will air live on Monday-Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. ET until the final MLB game of the night ends, and will be based out of MLB Network's headquarters in Secaucus, N.J. The program will feature live look-ins of games in progress, updates, highlights, reporting and analysis. Hot Stove will air during the offseason at 7 p.m. ET from Monday-Friday and will feature news, reports and analysis of the moves clubs are making and planning in preparation for the upcoming season.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.