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“E:60”: Dustin Pedroia, Polo Horse Deaths, Terrance Haynes And Jason Belmonte

By Ryan Features on the May 5 (7pm ET) edition of ESPN’s sports newsmagazine series E:60: The Darkest Day in Polo — A few weeks ago, the genteel world of polo was rocked when 21 prized horses died during the U.S. Open Polo Championship in Wellington, Fla., the Super Bowl of the sport. Lechuza Caracas, one of eight teams in competition, was one win away from the semifinals and favored to win until the team’s horses became ill and started falling to the ground one by one. Spectators watched in horror as veterinarians, players, grooms and total strangers worked together […]

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More Awesomeness From MLB Network: Introducing Saturday Night Baseball

By Ryan On the day that MLB Network is to have its first ever live game broadcast — Brewers at Giants at 7pm ET — the network announced that it has doubled its live games this season and will add a game on Saturday nights, bringing the network’s total number of live games this season to 52. Originally, MLB Network was to only air a live game on Thursday nights. This is pretty awesome news, considering the TV crapfest that is Saturday night. You can now go straight from FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week right over to MLB […]

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FOX Saturday Baseball Game Of The Week Returns April 11

By Ryan FOX returns with Major League Baseball regional action on April 11, opening its 14th season of carrying MLB. This season features a new start time — 4pm ET (except when games precede NASCAR races, see schedule below). This season also features new-look pregame and postgame shows, as Chris Rose brings fans late-breaking baseball news and notes and sets the scene for the day’s MLB action. Once the game begins, Rose joins the FOX broadcast team on location, serving as a field reporter. Back for the 14th straight season is FOX’s top announcing crew of Joe Buck and Tim […]

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Curt Schilling Is Plugged In With The Kids

By Ryan Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, he of bloody sock fame, announced via his blog 38 Pitches that he was retiring, and even held somewhat of a press conference on his blog. Ever the new-media savvy one, now Schilling is bypassing all the major sports TV networks and giving an exclusive interview with video game network G4 (maybe ESPN doesn’t find Schilling newsworthy anymore, but I find that hard to believe). Adam Sessler, host and editor-in-chief of G4’s X-Play is the first to bring you an exclusive interview with former World Series MVP and future Hall of Famer […]

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Where To Watch The World Baseball Classic

If you got up early to watch the World Baseball Classic game between China and Japan on Thursday morning, then you, my friend, are hardcore. The rest of us are probably going to catch a few WBC games when it’s convenient, and this weekend should give plenty of opportunities as the tournament begins in earnest. The U.S. will play its first game on Saturday at 2pm ET against Canada in Toronto on ESPN. Here’s the full schedule of WBC action on ESPN, ESPN2 and MLB Network: 2009 World Baseball Classic Schedule All Times Eastern ROUND 1 Pool A (Tokyo Dome, […]

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MLB Network Debuts “30 Clubs In 30 Days”

By Ryan MLB Network’s spring training preview series 30 Clubs in 30 Days will premiere Feb. 20 at 8pm ET. The series devotes an hour to each MLB team, giving viewers an inside look at preparations for the 2009 season with field reports, interviews and a look back at each team’s 2008 season and offseason activity. Each episode also looks back at the best moments in team franchise history, and includes a roundtable discussion featuring a panel of front-office personnel and baseball writers. Reporters Hazel Mae and Trenni Kusnierek will report on-site at each club’s training facility, and an interactive […]

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MLB Network Snags Bob Costas

Posted by Cubicle QB The month-old MLB Network made its biggest talent announcement to date — Bob Costas will join the network in a cable-exclusive multiyear deal. Costas will host original programming and serve as a play-by-play announcer for a number of the channel’s 26 live game broadcasts in 2009. Costas will remain with NBC Sports for its NFL and Olympics coverage, but will no longer do projects on HBO, such as Costas Now. This move is a perfect fit for both MLB Network and Costas. The network gets one of the game’s preeminent voices and historians, while Costas finally […]

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Talkin’ More “Baseball”

Posted By RabbitEars PBS has announced a new documentary film from Ken Burns that serves as an addendum to his classic 1994 film series, Baseball. The Tenth Inning, set to debut in 2010 along with a re-airing of the original 9-part documentary, follows baseball’s trajectory from 1993 — when the original series left off — through 2008. Obviously, even the casual baseball observer knows that this 15-year span has seen its share of heroics, tragedy and controversy, from the strike-shortened ’94 season that left us without a World Series, through the single-season home run chases of ’98 and Barry Bonds’ […]