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Coming to a cable system near you on January 1, 2009
2008-10-03 07:41
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Seacaucs, it will be the MLB Network, the first 24/7 baseball only channel. Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports on the ambitious plans for a network that will be taking on ESPN in many ways.

Presumably, since there are a lot more baseball games than football games, there will be more programming than the NFL Network showing you the Draft Combine.

On-air personnel haven't been named, but Harold Reynolds and Al Lieter are expected to work as studio commentators.

And in other baseball media news, longtime (33 years) Pirates broadcaster Lanny Frattare is retiring. Frattare started with the Pirates in 1976 after Bob Prince and Nellie King were fired, but overcame that to become a beloved figure to most Pirates fans.

2008-10-03 07:57:54
1.   jonnystrongleg
Bob, re: your comment on DT on the defintion of a drag bunt:

I'm sure you're right about most of the stuff most of the time, but I believe a pure "drag bunt" can only be executed by a left handed hitter bunting down the first base line. The hitter is literally "dragging" the bat and ball behind him as he takes his first steps towards first base. The term apparently has been expanded to include right handed batters bunting down the third base line, but logistically, that is not purely correct because the batter is not "dragging" anything. He is merely deflecting the ball one way and running in the opposite direction.

Perhaps enough people over enough time have called the right handed bunt to third a "drag" bunt to make its use acceptable, but it's logically unsound.

Sorry to be off topic, and maybe this was discussed and setteld on DT, but just wanted to point that out.

2008-10-03 08:03:33
2.   Mattpat11
That could be fun
2008-10-03 08:28:55
3.   yankee23
1 You must've missed the part where Bob retracted his stance on drag bunts.
2008-10-03 08:30:19
4.   jonnystrongleg
cheerfully withdrawn

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