MLB Network will reportedly air at least 10-12 minor league games this year.
Triple-A All-Star Game Highlights Season Schedule
Secaucus, N.J. (Tuesday, April 20, 2010) – In an impressive move of cohesion, MLB Network announced today that it will begin airing a slate of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) games this season. The planned schedule of events this year will include the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game, along with a steady stream of MiLB afternoon outings throughout the season.
“We want to provide viewers with as many live baseball games as possible," said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network. “Minor League Baseball on MLB Network will give fans the chance to watch MLB's future standout players.”
MiLB President Joe O’Connor was equally as pleased to see MLB Network broadcasting minor league outings.
“Minor League Baseball is pleased to expand its relationship with MLB Network by adding one of our marquee events in the Triple-A All-Star Game, as well as additional regular season games from our various leagues," he stated.
The first MiLB broadcast on tap will air next Monday at 11:00 a.m. when the Gwinnett Braves, Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, play at the Durham Bulls, who are the Triple-A club of the Tampa Bay Rays. The following Monday, the Single-A Burlington Bees (Kansas City Royals) will visit the Quad Cities River Bandits (St. Louis Cardinals) at 12:00 p.m.
The Triple-A All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 14th, with former MLB relief pitcher Mitch Williams and Philadelphia Phillies play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy working in the booth as the broadcast team. The first pitch of that evening will be thrown at 7:00 p.m., and the game will be shown live from the home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Coca-Cola Park) in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
For the latest news regarding MiLB, visit www.minorleaguebaseball.com and check out www.mlbnetwork.com for the MLB Network’s latest broadcast schedule.