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Several years ago — before I even conceived of doing my 501 book — I saw a program on the then-fledgling MLB Network featuring Zev Chafets talking about the new Hall of Fame elections. Chafets was on in his capacity as author of the book Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the […]

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Welcome back, Kostner

March 15, 2011

Guess he missed making baseball movies so much, he had to do something to keep involved. And wouldn’t it be so cool if this earns Brian Wilson gets a new nickname: Santa.

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I looked and looked but could not find any on-line video for the scene in Field of Dreams in which a young Archie Graham stands in awe and rattles of the names of some of the ghost players that Shoeless Joe Jackson has recruited to play. Doesn’t this commercial from the MLB Network remind you […]

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Kaplan…for the defense

December 4, 2010

(A nod to one of my favorite old lawyer shows, Judd for the Defense, which starred Carl Betz, who played the father on The Donna Reed Show, which once featured a guest appearance by Willie Mays.) Anyway… I was watching the Top Defensive Plays of 2010 in the MLB Network (A TV fits on my […]

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The MLB Network will present Holy Land Hardball, the documentary about the lone season of the Israel Baseball League, on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 10 p.m.

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* Costas on the move

February 4, 2009

Sounds like the title of one of his many TV shows. Anyways, the elfin sportscaster will be leaving HBO to plight his trough with the new MLB Network. According to the press release from MNLN, Costas “will host special original programming with an emphasis on the game’s history and its most significant figures and topics, […]

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I know we’ve only just begun, but you know me: I have no filter. The first day of MLB Network was pretty much a disappointment, as far as I’m concerned. The opening hour-long show, featuring four talking heads (including Harold Reynolds, Al Leiter, and Barry Larkin) alternated with a replay of Don Larsen’s World Series […]

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* More MLB Network news

December 31, 2008

MLB Network will be hungry for content until the season opens. One wonders why they didn’t wait until at least Spring Training — if not opening day — to launch. I guess they wanted to start building their audience early. I watched a little but last night, mostly previews of what is to come. Among […]

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