06/18/2004 12:56 PM ET
Futures video show live
MLB.com to broadcast rosters on June 21
By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com
How does that old song go? "Video killed the radio star?"
A year after breaking new ground by announcing the All-Star Futures Game rosters exclusively on MLB.com Radio, MLB.com and MLB's Minor League Operations are taking the show to the small screen.
On Monday, June 21, MLB.com will host a live video webcast at 12 p.m. ET to unveil the rosters for the sixth annual New York Mercantile Exchange All-Star Futures Game.
The exhibition, featuring the top prospects in the minors, will be played on All-Star Sunday, July 11, at Minute Maid Park in Houston and broadcast live on ESPN2 and MLB.com Radio at 4 p.m. ET.
"The attention MLB.com gives to this, that they are focusing on this so far in advance, is outstanding for us," said MLB Senior Manager of Minor League Operations Sylvia Lind, who is instrumental in selecting the rosters and will serve as an analyst on the 45-minute show. "To have that kind of support -- it's obviously a Major League event -- to get the support of MLB.com is outstanding and makes it a high-profile event.
"The lead promotion, starting with this video show, will really help us in Houston."
The Major League Baseball All-Star Futures Game Selection Show, free on MLB.com, will be co-hosted by Seth Everett and Sam Marchiano and will feature the official announcement of the 25-man rosters for the United States and World teams. Each team is selected by Major League Baseball in conjunction with the 30 Major League Clubs and Baseball America.
Video flashbacks of the previous five Futures Games -- including familiar names like Alfonso Soriano, Adam Dunn and Miguel Cabrera -- will also be aired.
"What's so great about the video show, people are going to really get to see who these guys are," Lind said. "When you see Soriano in the first Futures Game, it's going to make a mark that people will need to tune in and see what this is about."
Everett and Marchiano are no strangers to MLB.com multimedia events. Everett, in his fourth season with MLB.com, currently hosts Stayin' Hot on MLB.com Radio. He has also hosted MLB.com's World Series Pregame Show and many other video productions, along with the play-by-play at the All-Star Game, Spring Training and the 2002 All-Star Series in Japan.
Marchiano joined MLB.com in 2003 as a host of Postgame.TV. In addition to Postgame.TV, she has hosted MLB.com's 2003 Playoff Pregame Show and reported from Miami and New York during the World Series.
Guests on the show will include Jimmie Lee Solomon, Senior Vice President Baseball Operations and players who are selected for the teams.
"Unveiling the Futures Game rosters on MLB.com fits right in with our desire to be the most timely, deep and state-of-the-art provider of baseball content. These are players that will become Major League difference-makers in short order, so anything we can do to showcase their abilities and build name recognition among fans makes sense," said Dinn Mann, senior vice president and editor-in-chief at MLB.com. "This free, exclusively online TV show is a nice follow-up to the Hall of Fame picks and First-Year Player Draft, both of which were Webcast live on our portal."
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.