MLB EXTRA INNINGS® ON DIGITAL CABLE BEGINS MARCH 31 WITH LONGEST EVER FREE PREVIEW OF THE OUT-OF-MARKET PACKAGE

03/29/2011 8:48 AM - Devo
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Thank you to iN DEMAND for this press release;

NEW YORK,
March 28, 2011 – Major League Baseball and digital cable systems around the country    shake off winter with the 2011 MLB EXTRA INNINGS package distributed nationally by iN DEMAND. With Opening Day coming early this year, the free preview will run for 11 days, from March 31 through April 10.  With over 2,000 out-of-market baseball games during the regular season, and up to 80  games each week, the package on digital cable is a great value at $179 (a $20 savings off of the full-season price if they order before April 11).  Cable will then offer the package at last year’s price of $199 (SRP)* for the regular season. Free enhancements add to the fun, plus up to 24 HD games are offered each week (HD carriage varies by system).  

Among the cable MSOs offering MLB Extra Innings this year from iN DEMAND are: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Cablevision Systems, Bresnan Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent, and many independent affiliates serving fans across the nation.  

This year’s enhancements include: 

DUAL FEEDS: iN DEMAND will deliver both the home and visiting team broadcasts of the same game whenever possible, so that fans can choose which telecast they want to watch.
  
MULTI-SCREEN MOSAIC: Preview which game to watch with this popular rotating mosaic of multiple screens that shows all the live action from games being played at the time, along with scores, inning and channel location. Find this on the first channel of the system’s package lineup.   

More information about MLB EXTRA INNINGS is available at www.getbaseball.com, where baseball fans can enter their zip code to find the channel locations on their system and the current schedule.  

Residential customers or commercial establishments can order by calling 1-888-SPORTS-iN or their local cable provider.  
Consumers can also find more information about the Major League Baseball broadcast season at www.mlb.com

About iN DEMAND L.L.C.
iN DEMAND L.L.C. is the pioneer and world leader in providing exciting transactional entertainment delivered through television’s most innovative technologies. iN DEMAND creates and delivers programming through cable Pay-Per-View (PPV), Video-On-Demand (VOD) as well as on digital platforms.  PPV programming includes movies, boxing and mixed martial arts events and the digital out-of-market subscription professional sports packages for MLB, the NBA, the NHL and MLS. The company also offers a range of VOD products including first-run movies and serves as the exclusive TV home of Howard Stern via its Howard TV On Demand offering. Content is delivered in SD, HD and 3D.  iN DEMAND’s owners are Comcast iN DEMAND Holdings, Inc., Cox Communications Holdings, Inc., and Time Warner Entertainment - Advance/Newhouse Partnership. Further information about the company can be found at www.indemand.com

Barry Bonds and the steroid saga leaves us unfulfilled

03/27/2011 11:53 AM - Devo

Barry Bonds.jpgArguably the greatest player the game has ever seen should be praised… correct? 

Instead he is the poster-boy of everything that was wrong with the game. 

Barry Bonds has been a star everywhere he went. From Arizona State University to the Pittsburgh Pirates then in San Francisco where he elevated his game to superstardom. 

There was never any doubt of how good he was, except there was always suspicion as to why his abilities never diminished as he got older. 

I have read all the books; Love me, Hate me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero, Game of Shadows etc. The alleged evidence is very overwhelming. 

Now, the trial is in full swing and with Bonds admitting to using steroids, that should be the end of story right? Not quite. Bonds’ lawyer claims he was misled him into taking them. His trainer told him he was taking flax seed oil and arthritis cream.   

Ok, well not the answer we were all looking for but that is probably all we’re going to get at this or any point in the future. Bonds’ has continually denied his involvement since day one. In all reality the dye was cast years ago and the myth/legend of one of baseballs greatest ended after the 1997 season.

Mark McGwire admits to using, so does Alex Rodriguez and Any Pettitte.  Since their outing, their involvement in the scandal has all but been forgiven for the most part. 

Bonds on the other hand, has bucked the establishment since the beginning, more or less played the game by his own rules, and always set the tone in the clubhouse (good or bad). 

That being said, when you are the best in the game some are more guarded than others. Maybe he was in the right maybe he wasn’t, except, now that cold shoulder given to many over the years is the least of his worries. 

A legacy is tarnished forever and despite what anyone says Bonds is guilty no matter what happens at trial and no matter what I or anyone else says. 

No normal reputation can withstand what Bonds has gone through and as many denials he spits out or whatever reason is given for “using in error”, the words user, cheater and liar will always be associated with the man on top of the greatest record in all of sports.

Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective

Devon is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey.  He is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  Devon is a Demand Media Studios writer, featured writer on Examiner.com , member of the Yarbarker Network, contributor to FullCountPitch Magazine and is an Associate member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada.

Devon is a former professional baseball player with the
River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies

He has continued to further his knowledge by completing Sports Management Worldwide's Baseball General Manager Class and interning with The Football Outsiders.

Currently, Devon is a Branch Manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com

You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and facebook

 

 

Is the end near for Scott Kazmir?

03/25/2011 4:30 AM - Devo

Scott Kazmir 9.jpgScott Kazmir, the once highly touted first-round pick of the New York Mets in the 2002 amateur draft, might have pitched his last game for the Angels. 

Last year was horrendous; 9-15, 5.94 ERA. He struggled with velocity (chalk that up to a variety of injuries), could not locate his fastball, and was not the pitcher he used to be. 

This year was supposed to be a rebirth of sorts, a chance for the former gunslinger to solidify his spot in the Angels rotation. 

It doesn’t look like that will happen, in my estimation, a spot in the bullpen is also improbable. 

Today, Kazmir faced the Milwaukee Brewers and got lit up for eight earned runs while surrendering eight hits. With what Kazmir and the club are expecting, at this point I can’t really comment on, except for the fact that things are not getting easier, they are getting worse. 

After this unforgettable appearance Kazmir, still has confidence in his abilities.  In an article from ESPN, he believes in his fastball, and still has hopes of earning that final spot in the rotation. 

"I felt like I threw the ball well," said Kazmir, who figures to be the Angels' No. 5 starter again this season. "I felt like I was attacking the strike zone. A couple of things didn't go my way and it snowballed. That's baseball. You've got to have luck on your side. They were putting pretty good swings on." 

At 27, the majority of athletes are hitting their prime, realizing their full potential.  Kazmir, on the other hand seems to be regressing. 

 As discouraging as a spring training ERA of 7.79 sounds, Kazmir can still get batters out, history shows that. Ultimately the decision will lie with Mike Scioscia and the coaching staff. As for the staff, the final verdict may not be based on talent alone.   

The possible No.5 starter is in the final year of a three-year, $28.5-million contract. The question is; can he make it to Opening Day? Worst case scenario, the Angels release him and have to live with shelling out $14.5 million. 

Let him play and let him go out in a blaze of glory.  He has at least earned that.

Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective

Devon is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey.  He is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  Devon is a Demand Media Studios writer, featured writer on Examiner.com , member of the Yarbarker Network, contributor to FullCountPitch Magazine and is an Associate member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada.

Devon is a former professional baseball player with the
River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies

He has continued to further his knowledge by completing Sports Management Worldwide's Baseball General Manager Class and interning with The Football Outsiders.

Currently, Devon is a Branch Manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com

You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and facebook

 

Is potential at the catching position a handicap for the Blue Jays?

03/21/2011 4:31 AM - Devo

jp arencibia.jpgCatching is a position in baseball that deserves immense credit, and those able to combine power and average with All-Star calibre defense are far and few between. 

Look at the likes of Joe Mauer and Ivan Rodriguez; 16 Gold Gloves, 2 MVP’s and 11 Silver Sluggers. Within this generation, they are two of the very best. 

So, when teams claim to have the next superstar of the future, many are skeptical. 

When J.P. Arencibia arrived on the scene late last year, no doubt Jays fans everywhere were ecstatic when he had a game to remember; 4-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI. The problem is that 1-35 the rest of the way raised more eyebrows than his historic Blue Jays debut. 

The future is indeed bright for the former Tennessee Volunteer, unfortunately ole rocky top could transform into a rocky road. The starting job is his to lose and if anyone remembers Eddie Zosky than you know what I mean. 

With really no one challenging Arencibia for the starting roster spot, he really does have to disappoint for Jose Molina to be named starter. Except after 45 spring training AB’s and a .140 batting average, it doesn’t instil much confidence. 

I am very high on the Jays this year.  With the New York Yankees in, what you could call, rebuilding mode and the Tampa Bay Rays missing a lot of ammunition, the birds from the North are in an ideal spot to become the surprise front-runners for the AL Wild Card. 

However, with Arencibia’s struggles and tendency to strikeout, the club might have another problem on their hands; developing another catcher. If Arencibia doesn’t lock in quick, and Molina, who isn’t known for his abilities at the plate, the Jays are all but an eight man line-up. 

Travis d’Arnaud who was acquired as part of the Roy Halladay trade in 2009 is another young catching prospect opening eyes at camp this year.  It’s almost inevitable that d’Arnaud should make an appearance with the big club in the next two to four years, the question is, will he be there as the go to guy if Arencibia continues down the path he’s on? 

For the Jays to contend they need contributions from each position player especially Arencibia, who has been given immense responsibility. If not, all the high hopes going into this year were just that; hope.

Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective

Devon is an author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey.  He is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network.  Devon is a Demand Media Studios writer, featured writer on Examiner.com , member of the Yarbarker Network, contributor to FullCountPitch Magazine and is an Associate member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada.

Devon is a former professional baseball player with the
River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies

He has continued to further his knowledge by completing Sports Management Worldwide's Baseball General Manager Class and interning with The Football Outsiders.

Currently, Devon is a Branch Manager at a financial institution in Southern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at devon@thegmsperspective.com

You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and facebook

 

 

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