MSG to Unveil the Greatest New York Baseball Players of All Time
"The Lineup" Will Feature a Distinguished Panel and Interviews
with Legendary Players to Determine the Best Ever by Position
10-Part Series Set For Tuesday Nights at 10:30 p.m.,
Premieres on March 23
New York, NY (March 4, 2010) - Who is the best centerfielder in the history of New York? Easy: Mickey Mantle! No wait, Willie Mays. No no ... it's Joe DiMaggio! Let the debate begin. MSG Network announced today that it is launching a new original series this spring that will determine the best baseball players in the history of New York. "The Lineup: New York's All-Time Best Baseball Players" will premiere on Tuesday, March 23 at 10:30 p.m. ET on MSG Network with "Catchers," the first of ten weekly episodes.
Each 30-minute episode of "The Lineup" will present a number of nominees for consideration at each position, from the Yankees, Mets, New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, with one episode dedicated to the best New York manager of all-time. MSG's Fran Healy will host a panel, consisting of Hall of Fame Mets catcher Gary Carter, former Yankee bullpen ace Sparky Lyle, New York Magazine contributing editor and baseball aficionado Will Leitch, and executive vice president of the Elias Sports Bureau Steve Hirdt. The panel will whittle down a larger list of players from each position and determine the top five from each spot on the diamond. By the end of each episode, they will crown the top player at each position and name him to the official "Lineup" card.
"Discussing baseball in New York City is more intense than anywhere else in the country," said Healy. "Everyone will have an opinion, and people will really get caught up in the debate about New York's greatest players."
The show will include original interviews with some of New York's most famous former baseball stars, managers, coaches, celebrities and media, including: Yogi Berra, David Cone, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Willie Randolph, Andre Dawson, Bucky Dent, Wade Boggs, Davey Johnson, Tony Kubek, Rusty Staub, Don Zimmer, Bert Sugar, Charles Grodin, Rudy Giuliani, Steve Schirripa and Michael Rapaport.
"We have compiled an unbelievable roster of baseball legends and luminaries to help identify New York's all-time baseball team," said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks. "Filling out an all-time lineup card will certainly spark a healthy debate amongst New York's extremely passionate baseball fans."
Starting March 16, MSG.com/lineup will feature an interactive fantasy game in conjunction with the on-air program. Fans will try to predict the five players who will be nominated each week and ultimately who will be selected as the starter in the final "Lineup." Participants will receive points for each correct pick and will be eligible for weekly prizes throughout the series. At the end of the series, the participant with the most points will win a Grand Prize. The site will also feature chats for fans to interact and debate each position, quizzes about the nominated players, photo and video galleries, and player statistics for fans to comb through before making their picks.
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