Thursday, October 18, 2007

Professor Baseball

A profile of Bernie Walter, a Maryland high school baseball coaching legend who serves as the "educational consultant" to This Week in Baseball. His job: to watch each produced episode to ensure that it's segments are appropriately "educationally oriented."

TWIB? Educationally oriented? Yep:

This was the 30th season of This Week in Baseball, which began as a weekly highlights show but has evolved into something different. Jeff Scott, senior
writer for MLB (Major League Baseball) Productions, who has written the show since 1989, said TWIB is considered an educational show for Fox, and Walter helps ensure it stays that way."That was one of the provisions of the contract, that we maintain an educational theme to it," Scott said. "It's not a kid's show, necessarily, but with baseball you can make almost anything educational, and that's what we try to do."

That's nice and everything, but I am going to go on record as saying that I like my TWIB to be heavy on the Mel Allen "how about thats," and I like my baseball education to come from Johnny Bench and the Baseball Bunch. Putting them together in one show is madness. Madness, I tell you.

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