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THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRODUCTIONS
April 20-27, 2011

PRIME 9: ANIMAL NICKNAMES
PREMIERES SUNDAY AT 8:30 p.m. ET ON MLB NETWORK

A new Prime 9 episode premieres this Sunday, taking a look at the best animal nicknames in baseball history. Whether you are a baseball historian or a newcomer to the game, Prime 9: Animal Nicknames has recognizable faces from various eras that are guaranteed to start debates, not end them. Who do you think had the best animal nickname of all time?

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, polled players during Spring Training to see what they thought was on the horizon for this season. First, we ask players to fill out a tournament-style bracket to see which pitchers would come out on top in both the American League and National League. Then, we check out which current rotations are most respected. You won't be shocked that the group dubbed the "Phinest" topped the list.

TWIB checks in again on MLB Fan Cave stars Mike O'Hara and Ryan Wagner. Following that, TWIB again teams up with MLB Network for "Diamond Demos," as Harold Reynolds and Gary Sheffield take us through the art of hitting breaking balls. "Going All Out" features hustle players and moments in the game, this week taking a look at some of the greatest rotations the game has ever seen. Have a look at which historic rotations made it to the top of our list.

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 "Money Grabbers" by Fitz and Tantrums.

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.

FROM THE FIELD

MLB Productions heads cross-country this week to Missouri and Southern California. This Week in Baseball takes us to Kansas City to gather elements for the upcoming Royals show that will highlight outfielder Alex Gordon's path to the big leagues. Our second day in Kansas City focuses on "A Day in the Life" feature with Indians pitcher Chris Perez for the Indians TWIB episode, scheduled to air in late April. Finally, crews head out to Anaheim for production of an Angels Memories DVD. Joining us will be former LA Times columnist Ross Newhan, author Robert Goldman, and long-time Angels player Jim Fregosi, all offering insight into the club's 50th anniversary.

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