Happy Anniversary MLB Network!

A year ago Major League Baseball launched the MLB television network. It promised to provide baseball programming 24 hours a day seven days a week. No longer would I have to try and talk my wife into a vacation to Mexico or the Caribbean to watch a winter league game.

I was highly doubtful that the MLB Network would be successful. I had watched as the NFL Network launched and I have rarely watched any of their programming. I was afraid the MLB Network would suffer a similar fate.

Instead I find myself tuning into their program more than once per day. Not only do they host studio shows that recap game highlights or offer information on off-season moves but they also are producing their own content which has been very good.

The addition of Bob Costas was brilliant. His insight into baseball has produced several great shows. One of the more memorable was a replay of Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

During the telecast of that game Costas had Larsen and catcher Yogi Berra in the studio to get their insight as the game unfolded. It was interesting to watch their reaction to the telecast and give fans a look at how the players felt being there.

Now on the one year anniversary of the MLB Network they are about to add another personality to their reporting staff. Peter Gammons formerly of the Boston Globe and ESPN fame will now be on the MLB Network providing his insight to the game.

This week will be monumental for the MLB Network. Besides Gammons introduction they will also cover the Hall of Fame announcement of the 2010 inductees. What started off without much fanfare is now becoming an important resource and source of entertainment for baseball fans everywhere.

Happy anniversary MLB Network. Here’s hoping that you have many more in the coming years.

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