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Friday, April 24, 2020

MLB The Show Players League games to air on ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 & MLB Network

Select games from the final 10 days of the MLB The Show Players League, including the Playoff tournament, will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and MLB Network beginning this Thursday, April 23rd. The Players League is benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada with a total of $175,000 being donated across the 30 MLB Club communities.

ESPN2 will broadcast select regular season matchups this Thursday and Saturday from the first-ever competitive league of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s MLB The Show, solely featuring Major League players. MLB Network will broadcast select regular season matchups this Sunday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network will also air a one-hour MLB The Show: Recap program highlighting the latest action in the tournament on Sunday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Following these regular season contests, the top eight teams advance to a Playoff tournament slated for air on ESPN, ESPN2 and FS1.

The Quarterfinals begin Friday night, May 1st, on FS1 with two best-of-three series. The Quarterfinals continue on Saturday afternoon, May 2nd, on ESPN2, before the Semifinals Saturday evening. ESPN2 and FS1 will each air a best-of-three Semifinal series on Saturday night, May 2nd. The winners of each Semifinal face off in the best-of-five Championship Series on Sunday, May 3rd, on ESPN. (A complete schedule is attached to the end of this release).

Last week, Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) launched the formation of the league where 30 players are representing their Major League Clubs in this inaugural online event to engage fans around the world and raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. The lineup includes 11 former All-Stars, five World Series Champions, and eight players age 25 or younger. Each participant is playing in a round-robin format (i.e., playing every team one time) for a total of 29 regular season, three-inning games.

Does this mean that they were willing to agree to the terms that the KBO objected to?

 

QLE Posted: April 24, 2020 at 12:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, espn, fs1, mlb network, mlb the show

Saturday, April 11, 2020

MLB players to compete in a streaming MLB The Show league

We can’t watch baseball — well, current baseball — but we will soon be able to watch baseball players competing against one another in fake baseball. Fresh off the press release machine:

“Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced today the creation of the MLB The Show Players League, the first-ever competitive MLB The Show league solely featuring Major League players. Thirty players have agreed to represent their Major League Clubs and play each other in this inaugural online event to engage fans around the world and raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.”

League play begins tonight at 9PM when Blake Snell of the Rays — who made the news the last we saw playing video games — plays Amir Garrett of the Reds. The stream will be available here. There will be multiple platforms, actually, from that one on Twitch to YouTube and, I suspect, MLB.com or some other places. To keep up to date with where and when games are being played, follow the Twitter accounts for @MLB, @MLB_PLAYERS, @MLBTheShow and the competing players.

So, any of you want to watch?

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2020 at 12:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb the show, players

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Giants’ Gabe Kapler playing popular video game to help stay in managerial shape

With Major League Baseball on hiatus, Giants manager Gabe Kapler and his staff are using a cornucopia of technologies to stay on top of the game and keep players as ready as they can be, including videos, statistical tools, video games, virtual-meeting sites and …

Wait. Back up a minute. Video games?

Indeed.

Kapler said he and some of his coaches are employing a PlayStation baseball game called “MLB: The Show” to study tendencies of major-league players, an idea suggested by hitting coach Justin Viele.

Things are going to be rough on us Giants fans if the team ever takes the field again, aren’t they?

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2020 at 01:24 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, mlb the show, video games

 

 

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