The architectural plans for the facility look lavish, with two enormous studios (one is designed to look like a ballpark). But the network will be judged by its programming, including the centerpiece “MLB Tonight” studio program, which during the season will offer updates, live game look-ins and wrap-ups from 7 p.m. until at least 1 a.m. Eastern.Certainly nothing beats watching the game itself, but if you're just looking to get the overview and flavor of what's going on in the league every night, that sounds like a pretty neat show. Unless they either (a) staff that thing with utterly grating personalities; or (b) try to give it some artificially-fast pacing in the interest of creating "excitement," I'm having a hard time seeing how that wouldn't be infinitely preferable to ESPN's Baseball Tonight. As for the first point:
The roster of commentators is expected to include Harold Reynolds and Al Leiter, but one of Petitti’s tasks will be to hire someone to be the undisputed voice of the network.I implore you MLB TV: Avoid the temptation to go with an empty suit with a pedigree of nepotism as opposed to merit. No Chip Caray. No Joe Buck. No Ernie Johnson Jr. Baseball fans don't want a mere pleasant looking studio host. Get someone who can talk baseball up, down, and sideways, even if his tones are less than perfectly dulcet and his chin less than perfectly square.