02/23/09 3:23 PM EST
Bullpen to have own reality show
'The Pen' scheduled to debut June 1 on MLB Network
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
There won't be any rose ceremonies or immunity challenges or Flavor Flav surprise drop-ins.
MLB Productions has been in Phillies camp the past week shooting footage for the debut episode of "The Pen," an inside look at the Phillies' bullpen, which is scheduled to debut June 1 on MLB Network. It will be MLB Network's first original programming.
"I think it'll be pretty neat," righty reliever Clay Condrey said.
MLB Productions chose the Phils' bullpen for a couple of reasons: First, it had tremendous success in 2008. And second, it has diverse personalities.
Six weekly episodes are scheduled to run through the All-Star break. The series is expected to show how a bullpen works, as well as how individual pitchers work together and rely upon each other throughout the course of the season. The show also will visit with the pitchers off the field to give viewers a sense of their personalities and interests.
Camera crews are expected to be with the team a few times a month, so they won't be followed everywhere (this isn't "Big Brother" or "The Real World").
And, hey, it just might make pitchers like Condrey a star.
"I ain't no star," Condrey said. "But it will be interesting to see the finished product."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.