THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRODUCTIONS
April 13-19, 2011
THE FRANCHISE: A SEASON WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
PREMIERES TONIGHT AT 9:30 p.m. ET/PT ON SHOWTIME
Showtime will air a 30-minute sneak preview of The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants, MLB Productions' original documentary series featuring the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The sneak peek also re-airs throughout the week on Showtime channels and will be available on demand from April 14-May 11. The new six-part series, set to premiere with hour-long episodes this July, will give viewers a front row seat into the lives of the players, coaches and team personnel as they begin the task of defending their World Series title through the 2011 MLB season. Check out the trailer (http://atmlb.com/eE0F4G) as well as a clip from tonight's preview episode (http://atmlb.com/eYdtsi).
THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL PRESENTED BY PEPSI
SATURDAY, 3:30 p.m. ET ON FOX, SUNDAY, 1 ET, MLB NETWORK
This Week in Baseball, presented by Pepsi, travels to Toronto to see how the Blue Jays are faring this season. First, we get a behind-the-scenes look at Silver Slugger Jose Bautista's pre-game ritual, with a distinctive warm-up that lays the groundwork for his monumental home runs. Later, we check in with one of the youngest pitching rotations in the game, hearing from both coaches and players about what the organization is doing to compete in the deep AL East.
TWIB checks in again on MLB Fan Cave stars Mike O'Hara and Ryan Wagner, and TWIB again teams up with MLB Network for "Diamond Demos," as Harold Reynolds and Jerry Hairston Jr. take us through Jose Bautista's batting stance. "Going All Out" features hustle players and moments in the game, this week paying homage to Joe Carter's 1993 World Series-winning home run. TWIB continues with "Big League Blast," "Rookies" and "Winning Road Trips." The show will close with the great plays and bloopers of the week in "How 'Bout That," featuring the track "Hello Fascination" by Breathe Carolina.
>This Week in Baseball also airs internationally in Canada, Australia, China, Japan, Vietnam, Central and South America, Caribbean (including Puerto Rico) and across Europe, with full episodes available here.
LETTERS FROM JACKIE: THE PRIVATE THOUGHTS OF JACKIE ROBINSON
AIRS SATURDAY AT NOON AND 6 p.m. ET ON MLB NETWORK
Letters from Jackie: The Private Thoughts of Jackie Robinson highlights Jackie's role in the Civil Rights movement, predominately after his playing days. This documentary features numerous unedited and uncensored letters written by Jackie throughout his lifetime to Branch Rickey, Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Eisenhower, among others. Letters from Jackie will also show the large role he played in the Civil Rights movement, evident in interviews with his daughter, Sharon Robinson; his pen pal, Ron Rabinovitz; historian Joe Dorinson; and an array of MLB players for whom he paved the way.
FROM THE FIELD
MLB Productions crews travel across the country this week, making stops in New Jersey and Nebraska. Sportswriter Bill Madden shares his thoughts for upcoming Prime 9 episodes Greatest Postseason Catches, Greatest LCS Games, and Greatest Hitting Duos. This Week in Baseball takes us to the heartland to follow up with Royals prospects Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer, as the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers host the Nashville Sound. Our TWIB feature takes a look at long-time hitting coach Mark Wetzel, who has succeeded despite being legally blind since the age of 14.
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