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The Mayor Sean Casey Lines a ball off of Lauren Shehadi’s Head

On the set of the MLB Network in Studio 42, Lauren Shehadi was tossing some batting practice with whiffle balls to The Mayor, Sean Casey when something went wrong.

Casey was preparing for the softball game that will take place during the All-Star Game in Cincinnati later this summer.

Casey then does this:

Luckily Shehadi was not hurt.

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MLB Network to be Exclusive Broadcast Partner of the World Baseball Classic in the USA

World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) has selected MLB Network to be the English language telecast partner in the United States for both the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic tournaments.

The third edition of the tournament, in 2013, features the best players in the world. There will be thirty-nine games over a 2 1/2 week period beginning March 2 and ending March 19, 2013. The games will be played in seven stadiums in four countries.

MLB Network serves 70 million homes and this will help to add to continue its growth through exclusive premium content.

In the previous tournament in 2009, MLB Network televised 16 games. This time not only will they televise the games but they will also cover the tournament in its studio programming. With its shows like MLB Tonight, Hot Stove, Clubhouse Confidential, and Intentional Talk the network will have full tournament coverage for its viewers.

I think this is a step in the right direction for both MLB Network and the World Baseball Classic. There needs to be more coverage of the tournament both from a live game standpoint and everything that goes on around the games. Now fans will have one place to look to get all of the news and games. Sure they could have gone with a larger network like ESPN, TBS, or even Fox, but in the end I like that the tournament will be covered by baseball people.

I don’t think the difference in viewership will make too much of a difference at this point. Now fans won’t have to search for which network the games are on. It will also give MLB Network a chance to improve its coverage to the point that in 2017 they should be able to do a great job. Hopefully by that point the network will have grown as well.

The Classic needs to keep improving on and off the field and I think this is a step in the right direction. They improved the play on the field with the addition of qualifiers this year. If they can continue to make small steps toward improvements each year, they will keep building on the already great tournament that exists.

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MLB Network To Air Eddie Gaedel Story

UNITED STATES – MLB Network will air on Monday, August 31 MLB Network Remembers: The Eddie Gaedel Story, narrated by Bob Costas about 3’7” 65-lb Eddie Gaedel’s at-bat stunt between the Browns and Tigers for an MLB game in St. Louis in 1951. After Browns owner Bill Veeck concocted the idea to boost attendance, St. Louis manager Zach Taylor sent Gaedel, a stunt performer, to the plate to pinch hit for Frank Saucier. Veeck had instructed the diminutive Brownie to crouch low and to not swing his toy-like bat.

The piece includes original interviews with former St. Louis Browns outfielder Roy Sievers, former St. Louis Browns batboy Fred Buchholz, Gaedel’s nephew Bob Gaedel and St. Louis Browns Historian Bill Borst.

The piece will first air between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. ET and re-air throughout the night on MLB Tonight.

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MLB Network launched on January 1, 2009 and is currently in 52 million homes. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to mlbnetwork.com.


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Who will win the 2017 World Baseball Classic?

  • Puerto Rico (31%, 27 Votes)
  • Dominican Republic (13%, 11 Votes)
  • USA (13%, 11 Votes)
  • Mexico (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Other (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Cuba (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Venezuela (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Netherlands (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Japan (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Chinese Taipei (1%, 1 Votes)
  • South Korea (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Canada (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

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