MLB Network announced more programming options for January as the network prepares for its launch on January 1, just 2 weeks from tomorrow.
Here are some program offerings coming for the MLB Network, which will be the largest in cable channel history, reaching 50 million homes on the basic tier.
Special programming in January includes (All times Eastern):
- Hall of Fame Election (Monday, Jan. 12, 2:00 p.m.)
The Hall of Fame Election Special will provide live coverage announcing the players who have been voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the class of 2009 and a prime time special at 9:00 p.m. celebrating the careers of those elected.
- Pride and Perseverance: The Story Of The Negro Leagues (Monday, Jan. 19, 9:00 p.m.)
On January 19, MLB Network will pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and air Pride and Perseverance: The Story of the Negro Leagues at 9:00 p.m. ET. This one hour documentary, never before aired, is narrated by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.
Other MLB Network prime time programming includes (all times Eastern):
- Prime 9 (Mondays, 8:00 and 8:30 p.m.):
This half-hour program breaks down the top nine all-time in a variety of areas in baseball history, such as players at different positions, great comebacks and unbreakable records. The show will premiere on January 5 with All-Time Centerfielders at 8:00 p.m., followed by All-Time Home Runs at 8:30 p.m.
- Cathedrals of the Game (Mondays, 9:00 and 9:30 p.m.):
This half-hour show provides behind the scenes footage of the ballparks and spotlights historical moments in some of the cities throughout the nation. The show will premiere on January 5 with Busch Stadium in St. Louis at 9:00p.m., followed by Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia at 9:30p.m.
- Baseball Seasons (Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m.):
This series of one hour episodes showcases unforgettable years in baseball history within the context of the culture and society of the time. The show will premiere on January 7 with a focus on 1995.
- AL and NL Awards Shows (Wednesdays, 9:00 p.m.):
These new shows will feature spotlights on the 2008 American League and National League MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year award winners, as chosen by the Baseball Writers Association of America. There will also be shows highlights the "Players of the Year" for both leagues.
In addition to these new shows, other weekly prime time programming will include Home Run Derby highlights on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET and World Series highlights on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. ET. Weekend programming during the offseason will feature theme days, beginning in January with recent World S eries games. The full prime time schedule is summarized below, and complete program listings are available at www.MLBNetwork.com.
Source: MLB Network
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