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Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
MLB Network's Only in Hollywood documentary recounts L.A. Dodger Kirk Gibson's legendary 1988 World Series home run
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Bryan Cranston narrates the documentary airing Sunday night, featuring Rob Reiner, Bob Costas, Gibson, Tommy Lasorda, Vin Scully and Orel Hershiser.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 1:14PM EDT
YouTube Red orders baseball buddy comedy High & Tight starring Danny Pudi and Sung Kang
The Community alum and The Fast and the Furious franchise vet will star in a comedy set in the world of Major League Baseball. Pudi will play a translator who works for Kang's "ill-behaved" Korean outfielder character.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
How Star Trek: Deep Space Nine brought baseball back to the future
Gene Roddenberry didn't like famous sports being part of the Trek's future universe. But Deep Space Nine was able to change that as the first Trek series premiering following his death. "Nothing was less Gene than Deep Space 9 somehow managing to integrate human baseball back into its world of the future," says Corbin Smith. "Futurism as a philosophy necessitates that something new and great replaces something old, and there are few things older than baseball. But the beloved moldy-oldy bat swingin’ game somehow made a perfect companion for a show about animal nature dancing in concert with the world of the future."
Posted Tuesday 3/27/18 at 2:09PM EDT
Major League Baseball teams will feature Game of Thrones-themed events this summer despite the show's long hiatus
Last summer, 20 MLB teams participated in the Game of Thrones-themed promotional activities that were timed for Season 7. But even though Season 8 won't premiere until next year, MLB will continue promoting Westeros this summer.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 2:00PM EST
Facebook inks 25-game streaming deal with Major League Baseball
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Weekly games will stream on the social network starting April 4.
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Are play-by-play sports announcers the new anchors?
Source: The Ringer
The two jobs are similar, but with the network news anchor job diminished, play-by-play announcers may be the most-trusted and recognizable faces on network TV.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
ESPN and Fox to share Alex Rodriguez
Source: New York Post
The former New York Yankee will join ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, while continuing to work as a baseball analyst on Fox Sports’ playoff coverage.
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 2:05PM EST
Bob Costas on Dick Enberg: “He was a sentimental man but there was nothing inauthentic about that enthusiasm”
Source: Sports Illustrated
“With all due respect to other great announcers in the ‘70s and ‘80s if you were to have a decathlon of play-by-play, he would have won that decathlon of play-by-play because he did so many things exquisitely well,” said Costas of his former NBC Sports colleague, who died Thursday at age 82. “He did seven or eight things really, really well, and was at or near the top of all those things. And he did with the combination of extraordinary craftsmanship, meticulous preparation, facility with words and a genuine—not a manufactured, but a genuine—boyish enthusiasm. He was a sentimental man but there was nothing inauthentic about that enthusiasm.”
- Enberg wasn't flashy -- he was truly at his best reacting in the moment
- Watch six games Enberg called, including John Elway's helicopter play in the Super Bowl
- Sports broadcasters from Mike Tirico to Chris Fowler pay tribute to Enberg
- Tom Brokaw, Keith Olbermann, Chuck D and Cher also offer their condolences
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 1:50AM EST
Sports broadcasting legend Dick Enberg dies at 82
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune
Enberg, who died Thursday morning of a possible heart attack, retired after a 60-year career just last year, in October 2016. His career included stints at CBS, NBC, ESPN and, until last year, Fox Sports San Diego, where he called Padres games. Enberg called 10 Super Bowls, covered 28 Wimbledon tennis tournaments and even announced the Rose Parade. Enberg and former NBC Sports colleague Vin Scully retired on the same day, Oct. 2, 2016, with the two legends discussing their respective broadcasting careers.
Enberg -- who has been honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame -- said of his career: “To be with the greatest in the history of the game and sit next to them and pick their brain every day, and they pay me for it and they put me in a good seat, too, behind home plate or midcourt or at the 50-yard line. It’s an incredibly privileged life and part of it is because of those who you were able to share a broadcast with.”
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 2:17PM EST
Bill Murray and brother Brian Doyle-Murray to star in a Facebook comedy series on minor league baseball
The unscripted comedy Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray’s Extra Innings debuts on Facebook Watch next Monday.
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 2:43AM EDT
World Series Game 7 was down 27% from last year’s Game 7
Source: Ad Week
About 40 million watched the Chicago Cubs end their World Series drought last year. This year, about 29.3 tuned in as the Houston Astros became world champions for the first time.
Posted Thursday 11/02/17 at 4:29AM EDT
Keith Hernandez apologizes for appearing to tell a homophobic joke on Fox's World Series pregame show
Source: New York Daily News
“I made a poor attempt at humor and never intended for it to be taken the wrong way," the former New York Met said after his “I’m not from San Francisco, bro!” comment was interpreted as homophobic. ALSO: World Series ended with a live TV proposal.
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 2:48PM EDT
This year’s World Series Game 6 topped last year’s Game 6
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Last night’s game marked a series high for the Dodgers-Astros series, up 18% from Game 5 on Sunday night.
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 3:54AM EDT
World Series Game 6 honored the victims of the Manhattan Truck Attack
A moment of silence was held before the start of Tuesday’s game.
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 9:37PM EDT
About 18.9 million watched the World Series in the 1 a.m. ET hour this morning
Many viewers stayed up late until last night’s game ended at about 1:42 a.m. ET this morning.