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THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRODUCTIONS
May 11-17, 2011

PRIME 9: GREATEST RIGHT FIELDERS
PRIME 9: GREATEST PLAYERS NEVER TO PLAY IN A WORLD SERIES
SUNDAY, MAY 15th AT 10 & 10:30 p.m. ET ON MLB NETWORK

Prime 9: Greatest Right Fielders features the nine best right fielders of all-time. This is an enviable group, as each of the nine players profiled are members of the Hall of Fame. The list is so elite that Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and eight-time Gold Glove Award winner Dwight Evans didn't make the cut. However, Tony Gwynn snuck in at number nine (clip here). Does he make your list?

Prime 9: Greatest Players Never to Play in a World Series features some of the most beloved players of all-time. You had to be exceptional to make the cut, as seven of these featured players are Hall of Famers, and the remaining are likely to be Hall of Famers when they become eligible. The countdown starts here, with Phil Niekro at number nine.

PRIDE AND PERSEVERANCE: THE STORY OF THE NEGRO LEAGUES
RE-AIRS SUNDAY, MAY 15th AT 2 p.m. ET ON MLB NETWORK

The history of the Negro Leagues is often a forgotten part of baseball, and despite the Leagues' popularity and wealth of talent, was not well-documented in the first half of the 20th century. Pride and Perseverance: The Story of the Negro Leagues sheds light on this period and shows how it laid the groundwork for today's African-American Major League Baseball players. Narrated by Dave Winfield, the show highlights rarely seen footage from the 1920s through 1950s. These extraordinary clips illustrate the birth of the Negro Leagues and depict both the struggles endured and milestones achieved by its players. The Negro Leagues were at the forefront of innovation, with footage showing the first portable light towers being used for night games. See a clip from the show here, looking back on an important moment in the recognition of Negro League players.

THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL PRESENTED BY PEPSI
SATURDAY, 3:30 p.m. ET ON FOX, SUNDAY, 1:30 ET, MLB NETWORK

This Week in Baseball, presented by Pepsi, heads to the Midwest for the "Royal" treatment. First, we catch up with 2005 second overall Draft pick, Alex Gordon, who has had a torrid start to the season after a couple of quiet years. Next, we trot out to the bullpen to check in with a pair of rookie Royals closers. As of Wednesday, the Royals' young and talented bullpen is tied for third in the American League in strikeouts.

TWIB again heads to the MLB Fan Cave, stopping in to see what's new with "cave men" Mike O'Hara and Ryan Wagner. Following that, TWIB teams up with MLB Network for "Diamond Demos," where MLB Network talent team up with former players to teach fans at home the tools of the trade. "Going All Out" features hustle players and moments in the game, and this week TWIB tracks the journey of Kansas City rookie Eric Hosmer from Spring Training to life in the big leagues. 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," set to the tune of today's hottest hits.

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.

If you missed TWIB this past week, get caught up here.

FROM THE FIELD

Field production has a busy week ahead, flying to Missouri before heading home to New Jersey. This Week in Baseball takes us to St. Louis for an upcoming show about the Cardinals. We will visit with pitching coach Dave Duncan, rejuvenated slugger Lance Berkman, and journeyman pitcher Trever Miller. Interstitial shoots take us back to New Jersey, where we wrap up production on our retrospective Angels DVD, set to be released later this year.

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