Tuesday, April 14, 2009

MLB Network dazzles during first week of regular season

The MLB Network has been on the air since January 1st of this year and has put together some great programming during that time, highlighted by their "30 Clubs in 30 Days" show. The network has been even more impressive during the first week of the regular season, with their "MLB Tonight" program.

The show features live look-ins and up to the minute highlights and stats, along with analysis from the network's plethora of commentators, such as Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds, Billy Ripken, Sean Casey, Barry Larkin, Joe Magrane, Mitch Williams and Dan Plesac. The studio hosts -- Bob Costas, Greg Amsinger and Matt Vasgersian, among others -- are great as well.

The "MLB Tonight" shows start when the games start on that particular day and go until the games end. Tonight, for instance, the show will air from 6pm to midnight, with different hosts and analysts rotating in every two hours.

Let's not forget the channel's live baseball broadcasts, which feature a game of the week on Thursday nights and an occasional Saturday night game that will be simulcast using the home team's broadcast. They'll sneak a day game in there every once in a while also, as they did with yesterday's Philles-Nationals 3:00 tilt.

"MLB Tonight" is clearly better than ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" after only one week and their game coverage is probably better as well, since we don't have to put up with Joe Morgan, Jon Miller and Steve Phillips on MLB Network's broadcasts.

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