The highest-rated and most-watched sporting event of the summer (except for the Olympics) returns next week in the MLB All-Star Game. While MLB Network will not be involved in any of the festivities like the Home Run Derby or the actual game itself, MLB Network will have plenty of ancillary programming so fans can see the fun at hand.
The network will have Greg Amsinger and his raspy voice along with Brian Kenny, Chris Rose (?), Alanna Rizzo, Harold Reynolds, Dan Plesac, Al Leiter and the always yelling Kevin Millar to Kansas City for the coverage.
It all begins Monday with coverage of Media Day, the press conferences and batting practices and then on Tuesday, MLB Network will air the Red Carpet Show (as long as Ryan Seacrest isn’t there, I’ll watch) and then on Wednesday, it’ll carry the AAA All-Star Game live from Buffalo, NY.
Here’s your MLB Network press release.
Over 14 Hours of Coverage from Kansas City Begins Monday, July 9
Triple-A All-Star Game to Air Exclusively on MLB Network on July 11
Secaucus, NJ, July 2, 2012 – MLB Network is set to cover the 83rd MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City with over 14 hours of coverage starting Monday, July 9. MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Sean Casey, Peter Gammons, Brian Kenny, Al Leiter, Kevin Millar, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Alanna Rizzo and Chris Rose will bring viewers behind the scenes and on the field with access to batting practice, player and manager interviews, media day and the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show.
Coverage begins on Monday, July 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET at the All-Star player and manager media day, followed by a special 90-minute Intentional Talk: All-Star Edition with Rose and Millar on the field at Kauffman Stadium at 4:30 p.m. ET, MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition live from batting practice at 6:00 p.m. ET, and a highlight-filled MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition after the Home Run Derby.
On Tuesday, July 10, MLB Network will exclusively telecast the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show, hosted by Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds and Alanna Rizzo, at 4:00 p.m. ET, featuring all of the 2012 All-Stars, MLB All-Star Ambassador and 13-time MLB All-Star George Brett, and NL and AL All-Star team managers Tony La Russa and Ron Washington as they make their way to Kauffman Stadium for the All-Star Game. Following the parade, MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition will air live on the field at 5:00 p.m. ET, including a special interview by Harold Reynolds with George Brett, leading up to and immediately following FOX’s coverage of the 83rd All-Star Game starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition in Kansas City will be presented by Firestone.
“Mind Your Manners,” the second single by electro-inspired hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang, from their critically acclaimed full-length debut album BREAKFAST, will be featured throughout all of MLB Network’s 2012 All-Star Game programming and promotions. The song samples the now buzzed-about Swedish group Icona Pop!.
MLB Network will round out its All-Star Week coverage on July 11 with the exclusive live telecast of the 25th annual Triple-A All-Star Game. The game will be called by MLB Network’s Paul Severino and MLB.com draft and prospect expert Jonathan Mayo, with reporting from MLB Network’s Sam Ryan, live from Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY, home of the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets.
MLB Network’s 2012 All-Star Week Programming:
All times ET and subject to change. Check MLBNetwork.com for updates.
Monday, July 9:
1:30 p.m.: All-Star Media Day
4:30 p.m.: Intentional Talk: All-Star Edition at Batting Practice
6:00 p.m.: MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition at Batting Practice
Post-Derby: MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition
Tuesday, July 10:
4:00 p.m.: MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show
5:00 p.m.: MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition at Batting Practice
7:30 p.m.: MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show (abbreviated)
Postgame: MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition
Wednesday, July 11:
7:00 p.m.: 25th annual Triple-A All-Star Game
There you have it.