As first reported yesterday, Matt Vasgersian has been selected by the fledgling MLB Network as studio host and anchor of MLB Tonight, the live, nightly studio show that will be the signature program of the new network, and Hot Stove, a live, nightly off-season studio show. Vasgersian is the first on-air personality announced by MLB Network, which will launch on January 1, 2009, in approximately 50 million homes as the largest network debut in cable history.
âMattâs experience behind the mic, his ability to carry a broadcast and his enthusiasm for baseball make him ideally suited to serve as the âvoice of MLB Network,ââ said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of the MLB Network. âMLB Tonight and Hot Stove will be an important source of MLB coverage for baseball fans, and Mattâs presence will help ensure that the programs have an authoritative and experienced voice from day one.â
âAs a huge baseball fan, Iâm excited about how MLB Network will change the way we enjoy baseball on TV,â said Vasgersian. âThese live shows will be a dream come true for baseball fans and I canât wait to get started.â
With the MLB Network making the announcement, details of the two studio shows -- MLB Tonight and Hot Stove -- were released.
MLB Tonight will air live beginning at 6:00 p.m. Eastern until the final MLB game of the night ends between Monday and Saturday, and will be based out of MLB Networkâs headquarters -- the former MSNBC headquarters -- in Secaucus, New Jersey. The program will feature live look-ins of games in progress, updates, highlights, reporting and analysis. Hot Stove, will air during the off-season at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday and feature news, reports, and analysis of the moves clubs are making and planning in preparation for the upcoming season.
Source: MLB Network