During Rick Sutcliffe’s epic drunken on-air rant back in 2006 in San Diego, he kept asking Padres announcer Matt Vasgersian why he was still in San Diego, and that he should be doing bigger and better things. Well, you finally got your wish, Sut. Vasgersian has been hired as the lead anchor of the new MLB NETWORK, which is launching in January.
Vasgersian is one of “those guys” in the sports announcing world. It seems like he’s everywhere. He calls football games for Fox, worked for NBC at the Olympics this year, and also hosts poker shows. His rapport with Mark “Mud” Grant on Padres broadcasts have helped make the Padres actually watchable over the past few seasons.
SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY’s John Ourand was the first with the details:
As the main host of MLB Network’s nightly show, Vasgersian will be the net’s most visible on-air personality. An official announcement could come as soon as tomorrow.
MLB Network is launching January 1 to about 50 million homes. It has been talking with Harold Reynolds and Hazel Mae about on-air positions and has had conversations with Bob Costas about an on-air role.
Sounds like a fun crew. Just don’t let Harold take Hazel to Boston Market.
The SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE first reported today that Vasgersian was leaving San Diego, but didn’t have the details of where he was going. He said it was going to be weird not being there anymore:
“I’m sure there will be moments, especially in spring training, when my body clock is telling me to start booking a Southwest flight to Peoria and I call Mud (Grant) to tell him what time to meet at Chili’s for baby back ribs.”
I suppose the MLB Network is inevitable, since the other major sports all have their own network. Heck, the Mountain West Conference has a channel. MLB promises this from its network:
With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network will be the ultimate television destination for baseball fans.
Really, all they have to say is “it’s baseball, but without Steve Phillips and John Kruk,” and I’ll be hooked.