MLB Network announces exclusive game telecasts from 2019 American League Division Series presented by Doosan
Game 1, MIN at NYY on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:07 p.m. ET and Game 3, HOU at OAK/TB on Monday, Oct. 7
MLB Network today announced the matchups and start times for its two exclusive game telecasts of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, marking the eighth consecutive year that MLB Network will exclusively televise two Division Series games.
Hall of Fame award-winning broadcaster Bob Costas, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci will be on the call for MLB Network’s telecast of ALDS Game 1 featuring the Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees this Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:07 p.m. ET, live from Yankee Stadium. MLB Network’s signature studio show MLB Tonight presented by Evan Williams Bourbon will air live from Yankee Stadium at 5 p.m. ET for a two-hour pregame show prior to ALDS Game 1, hosted by Greg Amsinger, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. Costas will then be joined by Joe Girardi, Jim Kaat and Verducci for ALDS Game 3 between the Houston Astros and the winner of the AL Wild Card – the Oakland A’s or Tampa Bay Rays – on Monday, Oct. 7, live from the Oakland Coliseum or Tropicana Field. Both games will be available nationwide and in each club’s home TV territory exclusively on MLB Network. MLB Network’s two game telecasts will be presented by GEICO.
To make its ALDS game telecasts available to even more viewers, MLB Network has partnered with several of its distributors to expand their existing carriage by providing a free preview from Oct. 1-11 to video customers of AT&T U-verse, Cablevision (Altice), Comcast (participating markets), Cox, DirecTV, DISH, Frontier, RCN, Sling TV, Verizon FiOS and many others, bringing MLB Network’s distribution for that period to approximately 82 million homes. MLB Network’s Postseason games are also available anywhere in the United States via an authenticated live stream to customers of participating pay TV providers through MLB At Bat, MLBNetwork.com/Watch and MLB.TV.
In each game, MLB Network will provide continuous on-field coverage during pitching changes and select mound visits by using a split-screen format in commercial breaks, as it has done for the past three seasons on MLB Network Showcase game telecasts. MLB Network also will incorporate advanced statistics and tracking technology via Statcast AI powered by AWS. MLB Network’s ALDS game telecasts will also feature four Phantom cameras and two super-slow motion cameras to provide dramatically increased resolution and clarity to replays.
Two-time American League All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt will serve as a guest analyst on MLB Tonight from Friday, Oct. 4, through Sunday, Oct. 6. MLB Network will produce 215 hours of live coverage throughout October, including special Postseason editions of the morning show MLB Central, plus interviews, game previews, highlights and in-depth analysis across all studio programming. The new single “Jopping” from K-pop supergroup SuperM will be featured across MLB Network’s programming throughout the 2019 MLB Postseason. MLB Tonight will air before and after every Postseason game, with reporters including Scott Braun, Fran Charles, Robert Flores, Kelly Nash, Stephen Nelson, Heidi Watney and Matt Yallof on-site at each ballpark. MLB Network’s daily Postseason programming schedule is available here.
@MLBNetwork will provide extensive complementary coverage of the Postseason across social media including:
- Instant Analysis: In-game analysis from MLB Network’s on-air personalities, whether from the studios, their offices, or the ballpark;
- NTT Ballpark Cam: Social-first alternate views of on-field moments via MLB Network’s NTT Ballpark Cam system;
- #WeKnowPostseason: MLB Network’s award-winning social media campaign returns for the fifth year, with MLB Network analysts including Sean Casey, Ron Darling, Ryan Dempster, Mark DeRosa, Cliff Floyd, Joe Girardi, Al Leiter, Mike Lowell, Pedro Martinez, Kevin Millar, Carlos Peña and Hall of Famers John Smoltz and Jim Thome looking back at famous Postseason moments, including from their own playing careers.