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12/05/2008 3:57 PM ET
Dan Plesac joins MLB Network
Former MLB pitcher signs on to star-studded roster
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The roster for MLB Network is getting bigger and stronger, with Major League depth at every position.

On Friday, it was announced that veteran Comcast Sportsnet Chicago studio analyst and former Major League pitcher Dan Plesac has been added to the already-star-studded clubhouse full of on-air talent, which includes Matt Vasgersian, Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds, Joe Magrane, Trenni Kusnierek and Hazel Mae.

Plesac will join the of "MLB Tonight," the live, nightly studio show that will be the signature program of the new network, and "Hot Stove," a live, nightly offseason 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.

"With extensive experience in the Major Leagues and at Comcast SportsNet Chicago to draw upon, Dan's thoughtful analysis will be a great addition to our current roster of on-air talent," said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network.

Plesac, who previously served as a studio analyst on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago for the Chicago Cubs live pre-game and post-game shows and made weekly appearances on "Chicago Tribune Live," covering the Cubs and White Sox, will now be a part of the MLB Network exclusively.

While in the Major Leagues, Plesac was a three-time American League All-Star reliever for the Milwaukee Brewers. The durable left-hander posted a 3.64 ERA and collected 158 saves in his 18-year Major League career, and his 1,064 games pitched ranks sixth in baseball history.

He also pitched for the Cubs (1993-94), the Pittsburgh Pirates (1995-96), the Toronto Blue Jays (1997-1999, 2001-2002), the Arizona Diamondbacks (1999-2000) and the Philadelphia Phillies (2002-2003).

Doug Miller is a Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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