Starting Jan. 1, 2009, baseball fans will be able to enjoy baseball 24/7.
The MLB Network will begin airing on New Year's Day. I think I speak for baseball fans all over when I say, "It's about time." No sport grabs the attention of its fans like baseball.
Yes, it is the national pastime, but baseball is so much more than a 162-game marathon. Fall ball, hot stove coverage, Hall of Fame inductions, and most recently a World Baseball Classic keeps fans' attention year round, even when there's 10 feet of snow in their front yard.
The MLB Network will feature some good analysts. Harold Reynolds is the best-known one of the bunch. Trenni Kusnierek will be on as well. Brewer fans know her for sure. Her year in Milwaukee was good practice. Many more reporters will soon emerge as good analysts of the game.
Personally, I can't wait for the premiere. As a huge baseball fan, it's nice to be able to have a place where I can always go for highlights, in-depth coverage, and nothing but baseball talk.
I'm interested to see how Baseball Tonight will do with the start of the MLB network. In the past many fans, including myself, got their baseball information from the Baseball Tonight crew. With all the other clutter on ESPN, I'm curious to see if there will be a drop-off in viewership.
Either way, the MLB Network will be a welcome addition, and one that this reporter can't wait any longer for.