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MLB Network adds to on-air talent lineup11/12/2008 9:13 AM ET
MLB Press Release
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- MLB Network today announced four new additions to its roster of on-air talent, naming baseball veterans Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds as studio analysts, as well as Trenni Kusnierek and Hazel Mae as reporters. They join Matt Vasgersian, who last week was named 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. All of the on-air personalities will appear on both shows, as well as other programming across MLB Network, which will launch on January 1, 2009, in approximately 50 million homes as the largest network debut in cable history.
"The high caliber of on-air talent that we have been able to secure will ensure that our fans will enjoy informative and entertaining telecasts," said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network. "All of the MLB Network personalities have extensive experience covering Major League Baseball and that background will enrich MLB Tonight, Hot Stove, and MLB Network as a whole."
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 Network's 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.
Leiter spent the past three years as a color commentator for New York Yankees broadcasts on the YES Network. Prior to YES, Leiter worked as a postseason game analyst for FOX Sports, and also did work for ESPN. Leiter pitched for four Major League teams in his 19 year career, including the New York Yankees (1987-89 and 2005), Toronto Blue Jays (1989-95), New York Mets (1998-2004) and Florida Marlins (1996-97 and 2005), finishing with a career record of 162-132 and a lifetime 3.80 ERA. Leiter earned World Series rings with the Blue Jays (1993) and Marlins (1997), was named a National League All-Star in 1996 and 2000 and was the first pitcher to earn a victory against all 30 Major League teams. Leiter received the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy in 2000 for his community service.
Reynolds has been a baseball commentator for MLB.com since 2007, and in 2008 also did studio work for SportsNet New York and TBS as a game analyst for its Sunday baseball telecasts as well as the 2008 MLB Postseason. Reynolds spent 11 years at ESPN, as a studio analyst for Baseball Tonight, and provided analysis for the Little League Baseball World Series and College Baseball World Series for ESPN and ABC Sports. He won a Sports Emmy Award for his work at ESPN in 2003. Reynolds was a two-time All-Star second baseman with the Seattle Mariners and won three Gold Glove awards during a 12 year career (1983-94) playing for the Mariners (1983-92), Baltimore Orioles (1993) and California Angels (1994).
Kusnierek joined FSN Wisconsin in 2008 as a member of the Brewers broadcast team. She spent 2003 to 2007 with FSN Pittsburgh as a sports anchor/reporter. A native of Milwaukee, Kusnierek's sports broadcasting experience has included covering the Super Bowl, two BCS National Championship Games, two MLB All-Star Games and two U.S. Golf Opens. Prior to joining FSN Pittsburgh, Kusnierek spent two years at WDJT-TV 58 in Milwaukee and nine months in the sports department at WQOW-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Mae served as the lead anchor for SportsDesk on the New England Sports Network (NESN) from 2004-08. While at NESN, Mae also served as host of the Red Sox week-in-review program, The Ultimate Red Sox Show, and the Boston Bruins top-ten in-season show, The Buzz. Prior to NESN, Mae anchored the morning edition of Sportsnetnews on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. In addition to her duties on Sportsnetnews, Mae was the host of JZone, a weekly Toronto Blue Jays magazine show. Mae began her tenure at Rogers Sportsnet providing sports updates to Rogers Sportsnet radio affiliates throughout Ontario.
Projected to launch in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes on January 1, 2009, MLB Network will be the largest and most successful debut in cable television history, exceeding any other cable television launch by approximately 20 million. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network will be the ultimate destination for baseball fans on television.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.