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Stadium’s Baseball Stories to Premiere April 10th

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Stadium announced an original 13 episode weekly interview series titled Baseball Stories, featuring senior baseball writer for The Athletic, Jayson Stark.

Each 30 minute episode will be available on Stadium’s linear TV channel as well as its digital platforms, with the premiere being Tuesday, April 10th at 7:00pm ET. Mark McGwire will be Stark’s first guest with the 1998 home run chase being the topic of discussion.

“The coolest thing about doing this series with Stadium is having the chance to sit down with a group of people who share an incredible passion for baseball and present it in a format that allows the world to see that passion as vividly as people inside the game see it,” said Stark. “On Baseball Stories, we’re going to let them tell their favorite stories, in their own words. And I’m really excited to play my part in letting the world hear those stories, in the kind of personal, informal setting you rarely see.”

Baseball Stories full schedule of guests:

  • Mark McGwire, San Diego Padres bench coach, 12-time All-Star, 2-time World Series Champion, 583 career homeruns (hit 70 HR in 1998).
  • Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees outfielder, 2017’s most-prized acquisition, 4-time All-Star and 2017 National League MVP.
  • Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians manager, 2-time World Series champion, 2-time American League manager of the year.
  • Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals pitcher, 3-time Cy Young Award winner, 5-time All-Star, 2,000+ career strikeouts, two career no-hitters.
  • Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman, 2017 NLCS MVP.
  • Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles Manager, 3-time American League Manager of the Year.
  • Justin Verlander, Houston Astros starting pitcher, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 American League MVP, A.L. Cy Young Award winner, 6-time All-Star, 2011 pitching Triple Crown winner, 2006 A.L. Rookie of the Year, ALCS MVP, 4-time A.L. strikeout leader, two career no-hitters.
  • Hank Azaria, 6-time Emmy Award winner, current star of IFC’s acclaimed baseball themed show, Brockmire.
  • Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman, 3-time All-Star, 2015 American League MVP, 2-time Silver Slugger.
  • Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox second baseman, 4-time All-Star, 2-time World Series Champion, 2008 American League MVP.
  • Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles outfielder, 5-time All-Star, 4-time Gold Glove Award winner.
  • Jeff Luhnow, Houston Astros General Manager and architect of the 2017 World Series champions, 2017 MLB Executive of the Year.
  • Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies third baseman, 3-time All-Star, only IF to win Gold Glove in each of first 5 MLB seasons, 3 straight Silver Slugger awards.

Stadium began as an OTT service less than a year ago, before expanding to include a broadcast channel available in over 75 markets. The platform, which already offers live games and studio coverage, is looking to expand into more original content with Baseball Stories being one of its first projects.

Jayson Stark signed on with The Athletic this past February, publishing his first article for the platform on April 1st. The former ESPN reporter will continue as a contributor for MLB Network in addition to his work with The Athletic and Stadium.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Kathryn Tappen Joining NBC’s Big Ten Coverage

“Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.”

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NBC has tabbed Kathryn Tappen as its sideline reporter for the network’s upcoming coverage of Big Ten football, according to a report from Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

According to Marchand, Tappen was in line to replace Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football but was passed over by the network in favor of Melissa Stark.

Tappen has hosted Notre Dame football’s studio coverage and Peacock Sunday Night Football Final. She also worked as NBC’s lead interviewer for its coverage of the PGA Tour, but left that broadcast team at the end of 2022 as part of the network’s larger shakeup of its golf coverage.

The appointment of Kathryn Tappen conceivably concludes the Big Ten on NBC broadcast crew. Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge are expected to pair as the network’s play-by-play announcer and color analyst, respectively. NBC has yet to officially unveil its coverage plans for the 2023 college football season.

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Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’

“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

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L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.

ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.

“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.

“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”

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Lisa Salters Makes Monday Night Football History Completing 11th Season on Sideline

“Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.”

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Monday night’s Cowboys/Bucs wild card playoff game set a new milestone for ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

The network tweeted that Salters completed her 11th season in that role. That makes her the longest tenured reporter in Monday Night Football history.

Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.

“When I first got the call to do Monday Night Football, I would have never thought that 10 years later I would still be doing it,” Salters said last year in a video reminiscing on ten years on Monday Night Football. “I was at home and I got a phone call from my boss Vince Doria and he said, ‘Hey, I was wondering if you would be interested in being a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football‘, and I couldn’t believe what he just asked me.”

Salters is also featured on network coverage of the NBA, something she’s been doing since 2005.

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