Secaucus, N.J. - Minor League Baseball (MiLB) is coming to MLB Network this year, with select live games throughout the 2010 season and the Triple-A All-Star Game. Coverage begins on Monday, April 26 with the Gwinnett Braves (Triple-A - Atlanta Braves) at Durham Bulls (Triple-A - Tampa Bay Rays) at 11:00 a.m. ET, followed by the Burlington Bees (A - Kansas City Royals) at Quad Cities River Bandits (A - St. Louis Cardinals) on Monday, May 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
MLB Network's Mitch Williams and Philadelphia Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy will be in the broadcast booth for the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET live from Allentown, Pa., home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate. Williams, an 11-year MLB veteran, was a relief pitcher for the Phillies from 1991-1993. McCarthy, who called radio play-by-play for the Phillies from 2001-2005, is currently the Phillies television play-by-play announcer.
MLB Network's MiLB schedule also includes the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Triple-A - New York Yankees) at Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A - Pittsburgh Pirates) on May 19 at 11:00 a.m. ET, timed with Indianapolis' "Baseball in Education" promotion, and the Norfolk Tides (Triple-A - Baltimore Orioles) at Columbus Clippers (Triple-A - Cleveland Indians) on June 15 at 12:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network will air additional weekday afternoon games throughout the summer and each game will be a simulcast of local telecasts, including local announcers.
"We want to provide viewers with as many live baseball games as possible, and Minor League Baseball on MLB Network will give fans the chance to watch MLB's future standout players," said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network.
"Minor League Baseball is pleased to expand its relationship with MLB Network by adding one of our marquee events in the Triple-A All-Star Game, as well as additional regular season games from our various leagues," said Pat O'Conner, Minor League Baseball President.
The MiLB schedule is in addition to MLB Network's carriage of live MLB games during the regular season, including MLB Matinee, a series of weekday afternoon games, Thursday Night Baseball and Saturday Night Baseball. Thursday Night Baseball games will be produced by MLB Network and feature MLB Network on-air talent calling the games. All other games will be carriage of local telecasts, including local announcers.
About MLB Network:
MLB Network launched on January 1, 2009 as the largest debut in cable television history and is currently available in approximately 55 million cable and satellite homes. In its inaugural year, MLB Network was honored with 12 Sports Emmy Award nominations by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 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 and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.MLBNetwork.com. www.Facebook.com/MLBNetwork www.Twitter.com/MLBNetwork
About Minor League Baseball:
Minor League Baseball is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean that are affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Minor League Baseball office is involved in business phases and represents its member leagues and teams in negotiations with Major League Baseball. Through its subsidiaries, Professional Baseball Promotion Corp.; Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities (PBEO); and Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. (PBUC), it works in the areas of marketing, promotions, licensing, legal affairs, office employment recruitment and the training and evaluation of umpires. www.milb.com http://www.facebook.com/minorleaguebaseball