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Friday, December 05, 2008
At least it’s not funded with tax dollarsThe MLB Network has built itself a stadium:
Dubbed Studio 42 — after Jackie Robinson's number — the MLB Network will convert what used to be MSNBC's main set in Secaucus, N.J., into a sort of ballpark. Its infield is only half regulation size. But, says Tony Petitti, president of the MLB Network, which launches New Year's Day, it will have a "portable pitching mound" so analysts such as ex-pitcher Al Leiter can fire full-strength fastballs. Assuming there'd be somebody to catch.
There's a pic in the article.
I guess that's kind of cool, but if they're going to use it like studio shows typically use field mockups, I hope they do something about the dress code for on-air talent. It's bad enough when a retired athlete tries to reenact the motions of active players for TV, but it's even worse when they do it wearing a suit jacket.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 10:56am
I think it’ll take more than a catcher and movable mound to get Al Leiter to throw a full-strength fastball. It was painful to watch him pitch at the end.
Posted 12/05 at 12:12 PM
Everytime I see John Kruk in his suit I can’t help but think that he feels uncomfortable in it.
Posted 12/05 at 01:42 PM
I think John Kruk is uncomfortable all the time without his shoulder-legnth mullet.
Posted 12/05 at 01:46 PM
Any word on whether or not it’s taxpayer funded?
Posted 12/05 at 01:56 PM
Chris Simonds said...
So what you’re saying is that the MLB Network will broadcast from a padded room. That figures.
Posted 12/05 at 01:58 PM
How long do you think it will take for a team like the Rays or Marlins to threaten to move to Secaucus?
Posted 12/05 at 02:05 PM
More importantly, who will get the naming rights? OK, I’ll stop now.
Posted 12/05 at 02:06 PM
Whoops…HEY! I completely missed the title. No wonder my wife doesn’t let me use the power tools anymore. My apologies.
Posted 12/05 at 04:11 PM
APBA Guy said...
Come on, Harold Reynolds and Rob Dibble in suits re-enacting plays at the ESPN plate were hysterical. Great comedy. I think ex big leaguers should have to wear tuxedos on the air. It would be even funnier.
Generally speaking, pro athletes look pretty bad in street clothes. They are so overdeveloped somewhere that regular clothes hightlight the disproportion rather than disguise lt, like they do for you and me.
Posted 12/05 at 05:36 PM
Can we combine the tuxedo idea with the A-Rod Scarf?
Posted 12/05 at 06:02 PM
I’m with APBA Guy—ludicrously overdressed, for six straight months. Tuxedos for everyone, except Vasgersian, who’s wearing white slacks and the Hugh Hefner red velvet smoking jacket, and is, for that matter, smoking. Constantly. Like it’s 1955. Pipes. Cigars. Cigarettes. And there’s a glass of brandy on the newsdesk, but he never touches it on the air, no sir. Though sometimes, you can hear Uncle Matt screaming profanities just at the end of the show, when he thinks we’re at commercial break. Good times.
Posted 12/05 at 06:10 PM
I want to tread lightly here, but at some point MLB is going to stop going to the Jackie Robinson well, right? I mean, other inspirational people played baseball, right? Can Larry Doby get a little love? Just once?
Posted 12/05 at 07:03 PM