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12/26/2008 11:53 AM ET
MLB Network Countdown: 7 Days to Go
Mitch Williams, Greg Amsinger and Jon Heyman join MLB Network
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With the debut of MLB Network on January 1 fast approaching, we will be counting down the final 10 days, New Year's Eve-style, until the Network's Opening Day. Each day through January 1, we will reveal a new piece of news about the largest launch in the history of cable television.

Let the countdown continue ...


MLB Network today announced three new additions to its on-air talent roster, naming former Major League Baseball pitcher Mitch Williams as a Studio Analyst, CBS College Sports veteran Greg Amsinger as a Studio Host, and Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated and as a "Baseball Insider." All three will appear on 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, 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.

MLB Network's growing roster of on-air talent now includes:

Studio Hosts: Matt Vasgersian, Greg Amsinger, Victor Rojas
Studio Analysts: Barry Larkin, Al Leiter, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Mitch Williams
Reporters: Trenni Kusnierek, Hazel Mae
Baseball Insider: Jon Heyman

We'll be back tomorrow with item #6. To recap, here's our list of news items to date:

10. Barry Larkin Joins MLB Network
9. MLB Network to Install "Ballpark Cams" in Every MLB Stadium
8. PRIME 9 Debuts on MLB Network
7. Mitch Williams, Greg Amsinger and Jon Heyman Join MLB Network


MLB Network will go on the air at 6:00 p.m. ET on January 1 with a one hour Hot Stove studio show, immediately followed by Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, airing for the first time since its original broadcast and featuring new commentary by Larsen and Yogi Berra. Projected to launch in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes on January 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.

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