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For a Hardcore Baseball Fan, The MLB Network is Like Heaven on Earth!
Jul 2, 2009
When I first heard that there was going to be a network that focused soley on Baseball, I was in Heaven. I was watching the stupid soft launch loop like a little girl waiting for a Jonas Brothers concert! The first thing I thought to myself was that I would no longer have to wait for SportsCenter to get to the baseball news and highlights. I wanted my baseball all the time, which happens to be part of their tagline. The point is, if you are a hardcore baseball fan like myself, than the MLB Network is your channel. No matter who your team is, they have equal coverage, even if they have the worst record in the League *cough* Nats *cough*.
Part of what is so appealing about the network for me was its coverage of the offseason. The channel actually featured a show called 30 Clubs in 30 Dayswhich took you to each teams Spring Training camp and informed you of pitching rotation spot battles, who is hitting and who isn't and so on and so forth. On top of that, their nightly show, Hot Stovekept you informed about possible trades, who was yet to sign on a team and who they thought was going to get that prized fifth spot in the pitching rotation. Despite the fact that I'm a Phillies fan living in Philadelphia where I have all the local coverage, I sometimes got better coverage from the MLB Network. When the season finally started, I was thrilled. If I missed a game or wasn't allowed to watch one (My fiance isn't a baseball fan; luckily she is a football fan), I could just hop on the MLB Network to get highlights and analysis on MLB Tonightor Quick Pitch. Believe it or not, the channel is also a great way of keeping up your Fantasy Baseball stats as every team gets highlighted on both shows.The other appealing part of all this is the broadcasters; they are all either former announcers or former players.
I happen to be very lucky when it comes to the MLB Network's broadcasters. Besides the fact that they all know what they're talking about, one of them also happens to be a former Phillies Closer and current Comcast Sports Net analyst, Mitch Williams. But besides Mitch, all of the analysts know what they're doing. They all have either playing experience like Harold Reynolds or announcing experience like Matt Vasgersian who I think happens to be an awesome host. What you end up with with this team of broadcasters is a solid crew who know baseball like no others.
When it comes down to it, I rarely watch SportsCenter anymore because I can skip right to baseball on the MLB Network. All of the programs look great in HD and you never get bored with what they are showing on the network (unless you don't like baseball where I suggest you change the channel). I get to watch my teams bullpen get followed around for the season and I can keep track of everything from injuries to fantasy stats. If you love baseball, you should be watching the MLB Network, 5/5!