12/05/2008 2:36 PM ET
MLB Network adds Dan Plesac to on-air talent lineup
Former Comcast Sportsnet Chicago studio analyst and MLB pitcher joins versatile studio roster
SECAUCUS -- Veteran Comcast Sportsnet Chicago studio analyst and former Major League pitcher Dan Plesac has been added to MLB Network's roster of on-air talent, joining Matt Vasgersian, Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds, Joe Magrane, Trenni Kusnierek and Hazel Mae. Plesac will join the cast of MLB
Tonight, the live, nightly studio show that will be the signature program of the new network, and Hot Stove, a live, nightly off-season 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 Jan. 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 pregame and postgame 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, participating in the Midsummer Classic each year from 1987-1989. 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. Plesac remains Milwaukee's all-time leader in games pitched (365), saves (133) and earned run average (3.21; min.: 500 IP). 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). Plesac was the last Phillies pitcher to appear in a game at Veterans Stadium in 2003. Plesac is one of 10 first-time candidates
listed on the 2009 Hall of Fame ballot.
MLB Tonight will air live beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern until the final MLB game of the night ends between Monday and Saturday, and will be based out of MLB Network's headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey. The program will feature live look-ins of games in progress, updates, highlights, reporting and analysis. Hot Stove will air during the off-season at 7 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday and feature news, reports, and analysis of the moves clubs are making and planning in preparation for the upcoming season.
Projected to launch in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes on Jan. 1, 2009, MLB Network will be the largest debut in cable television history, exceeding any other cable television launch by approximately 20 million. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network will be the ultimate television destination for baseball fans.