Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 Top 10 MLB Network (MLBN) Analysts Right Now Part 2-(#5-#1)

Once again, my own version of the Top 10 MLB Network Right Now series as inspired by the network's very own Top 10 Right Now is  is back for a third year in a row in 2018. The purpose of this series is to of course rank the best of the on-air talent that MLB Network has to offer in its vast roster of Hosts and Reporters, Analysts and Insiders and Contributors.

I should point out that when I started these rankings about two years ago, I did it with the purpose of trying to provide a fun, informative and hopefully entertaining look and perspective of the people and faces who do their part in providing all fans of Major League Baseball like myself with all the latest news headlines and potential trade rumors throughout the season in a fun, informative and very entertaining way.

I also came up with the idea to do these lists some two years ago because I thought it would be cool to do so since there really were not any official or unofficial rankings of the on-air talent at MLB Network at the time.  Once they started debuting shows that were and still are geared towards looking at the game of baseball with a Sabermetric point of view such as MLB Now and Top 10 Right Now, the wheels in my brain started turning. I guess a part of me figured that if the hard working men and women of MLB Network put in the effort to look at the sport itself with a Sabermetric viewpoint, then why can't a fan of the network like me take the time to put together a list of their own. So that's what I set out to do two years ago and what I've tried to do now for three years running.

I hope all of you have enjoyed reading this series of blog posts as much as I've enjoyed putting them together over the last few years.

NEW ADDITION FOR THE 2017 SEASON: The Top 10 MLB Network (MLBN) Right Now Broadcasting Sabermetrics Glossary Of Terms: (There will be instances where not every statistical category will be included and each individual has been evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For example, there will be some people who won't have a Hot Take Expressed (HTE) and so on.)

Daily Signature Shows Hosted/Show Appearances Above Replacement Personality (D-S SHARP/D-S SAARP): Named after the Wins Above Replacement Player (WAR/WARP) sabermetrics statistic. The new Daily Signature Shows Hosted/Appearances Above Replacement Personality (D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP) statistic is a measurement of the total number of Daily Signature Shows (DSS) that any MLB Network (MLBN) personality appears on as either a host, analyst, insider or contributor or in any other capacity. The list of Daily Signature Shows (DSS) that are broadcast on MLB Network (MLBN) include the following:

1. MLB Central (airs Monday-Friday from 10 A.M. EST-1 P>M. EST from the start of the regular season through the Wild Card (WC) round of the playoffs during the postseason.)MLB Network's (MLBN) regular season morning show that features Matt Vasgersian (2015-2017), Robert Flores (2018-Present), Lauren Shehadi and Mark DeRosa. The first show of the day each week during the regular season that gets baseball fans and viewers ready for the day in baseball which includes looking at whatever games are on the schedule during a particular day, highlights and analysis from the previous day's action and keeping viewers informed and up-to-date on the latest news and notes from Major League Baseball (MLB). Interviews with players, coaches and so on are also a part of the show.

2. High Heat (airs Monday-Friday from 1 P.M. EST-2 P.M. EST throughout the year.): The second weekly Daily Signature Show (DSS) on MLB Network's (MLBN) daily programming schedule. High Heat features Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo as the main host with contributions from Bruce Schein and Elliot Kalb. On High HeatChristopher "Mad Dog" Russo delivers his own one-of-a-kind and very unique take about the day's news in Major League Baseball (MLB). Interviews with coaches and general managers are also featured.

3. The Rundown (airs Monday-Friday from 2 P.M. EST-4 P.M. EST from the start of the regular season through the League Championship Series (LCS) round of the playoffs during the postseason.): MLB network's (MLBN) mid afternoon regular season show that airs during the week and is hosted Scott Braun or Stephen Nelson and Kelly Nash or Alexa Datt. Like the other shows on MLB Network (MLBN)The Rundown gets viewers ready for that day's schedule of games along with the latest baseball news and notes and includes interviews with players, coaches, general managers and beat writers.

4. MLB Now (airs Monday-Friday from 4 P.M. EST-5 P.M. EST throughout the year except during MLB Spring Training. During the off season, the start time of MLB Now moves up to 2 P.M. EST with a replay at 4 P.M. EST. During the MLB Winter Meetings it goes back to the 4 P.M. EST time slot instead of the 2 P.M. EST time slot.): MLB Network's (MLBN) first and only Daily Signature Show (DSS) that puts a Sabermetric spin on the game of baseball with analysis about the Sabermetric statistical numbers of the game such as Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and so on. It is hosted primarily by Brian Kenny.

5. Intentional Talk (airs Monday-Friday from 5 P.M. EST-6 P.M. EST throughout the year during the regular season and during the MLB Winter Meetings (MLB WM). During the Postseason, the start times of the show may vary. Lastly, the show is only a half hour long during the off season at 3:30 P.M. EST with a replay of it at 5 P.M. EST.): The first show on MLB Network's (MLBN) daily programming schedule that takes place during the early evening part of the day if you happen to live somewhere in the Eastern part of the United States or Canada. It is hosted by Chris Rose and Kevin Millar. During the show both Rose and Millar offer their takes on the latest news and notes about the game of baseball and conduct interviews with players and coaches as well. The show also does various baseball themed segments that put a spotlight on the lighter side of baseball such as Let's Fake A DealKevin's Highlights and Got Heem!

6. MLB Tonight (During the regular season and postseason the flagship program of MLB Network (MLBN) airs 7 days a week and approximately 5 days a week during the off season. The hours that the show is on can vary from a maximum of 7 hours during the regular season (6 P.M. EST-1 A.M. EST) to a minimum of 1 hour during the off season (6 P.M. EST-7 P.M. EST).: MLB Network's (MLBN) flagship program. During the regular season MLB Tonight offers viewers and fans more than enough insight and analysis about all the baseball games that take place on a particular day throughout the season. The coolest feature of the MLB Tonight show is the Live Look In segments in which viewers and fans are shown what is actually going on at a particular moment during a specific game.

MLB Tonight is hosted by a wide variety of the MLB Network (MLBN) hosts/reporters. During the regular season, the hosts/reporters who are on the show usually work in a total of shifts consisting of 2-3 hours each. During the first shift from 6-8 P.M. EST a team of one host and two analysts will host the show during that time and then hand the duties off to a new time at 8 P.M. EST. The second team will then host the show for a couple more hours and then switch places with a third and final team of the night at 10 P.M. EST. The third and final hosting team will then be in charge of hosting the rest of the show until 1 A.M. EST.       

7. MLB Network Showcase (airs periodically throughout the regular season): MLB Network Showcase is MLB Network's (MLBN) game of the week program that is similar to the MLB On FOX or Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN game broadcasts. It is usually hosted by Matt Vasgersian or Bob Costas as the Play-By-Play announcer, John SmoltzJim Kaat or someone else as the Color Analyst or Commentator and Tom Verducci, Jon Paul Morosi or Ken Rosenthal as the Field Reporter (FR).

8. Quick Pitch (airs throughout the regular season from 1 A.M. EST-2 A.M. EST or 12 A.M. EST-1 A.M. EST on weekends (live version). Replays of the show are aired throughout the rest of the night and early morning until 10 A.M. EST.): Quick Pitch is MLB Network's (MLBN) one hour highlights show that recaps all of the day's news and highlights of games from a particular day during the regular season. It is hosted by Heidi WatneyJamie Hersch, Alexa Datt, Jackie Redmond and Stephen Nelson.  

9. Hot Stove (airs Monday-Friday from 9 A.M.-11 A.M. EST during the off season. Replays from 11 A.M. EST-1 P.M. EST and from 3-3:30 P.M. EST.): Hot Stove is MLB Network's (MLBN) off season morning show. It is hosted by host Matt Vasgersian and analyst Harold Reynolds with contributions from Lauren ShehadiHeidi WatneyKelly NashKen RosenthalJon HeymanJoel Sherman and Keith Costas.

10. MLB Network Countdown (airs mostly on weekends during the off season at various times.): MLB Network Countdown is a countdown show on MLB Network (MLBN) that counts down various baseball-related subjects and themes such as the top however many fan moments from the previous season or the top however many greatest bat flips of all time and so on. It is hosted by a wide variety of the MLB Network (MLBN) hosts/reporters. 

Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segments (D-S-S BNSPS): Measures the number of brand Brand Name Star Power Segments from the network's programming lineup of Daily Signature Shows (D-S-S BNSPS) that any MLB Network (MLBN) personality is a part of. Some examples of these show segments within a show include Matty V's Mix Tape, Central Scribbles, The Walkoff, Say Something, Hashtagging Up, The Brushback and many more. 

Hot Takes Expressed (HTE): This statistic measures how many times any MLB Network (MLBN) personality says something exciting or interesting about the game of baseball throughout the year. Fun fact: whenever any MLB Network (MLBN) personality is credited with expressing a Hot Take (HTE), a graphic of a sign with the words "Hot Take" on it will usually appear on the TV screen. The best part of the "Hot Take" sign graphic that makes it fun and interesting to see of course are the flames that are included in the graphic which makes the sign complete and fun to look at.
  
Marquee Events Score (ME Score): This is the one new broadcasting sabermetrics statistic that I've come up with which is one of the more interesting and exciting statistical categories for measuring sports broadcaster excellence and it is also something that each and every member on MLB Network's (MLBN) roster of talent should strive to be  at or near the top of. That's because the Marquee Events Score or M.E. Score is a scoring measurement that takes into account exactly how many Marquee Events in Major League Baseball (MLB) a broadcasting talent member (i.e. Hosts/ReportersAnalysts or Insiders/Contributors) of MLB Network (MLBN) is assigned to cover throughout the regular season, postseason and off season. These Marquee Events of Major League Baseball (MLB) consists of all of the following big name marquee events:

-The 2017 MLB Spring Training (MLB ST) slate of team training camps for the 30 Clubs In 30 Days show series segments on MLB Tonight.

 -The 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC).

-The 2017 MLB Opening Day (MLB OD) festivities. 

-The 2017 MLB First Year Player Draft (MLB FYPD).

 -The 2017 MLB All-Star Game (MLB ASG).

 -The 2017 MLB National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (MLB HOF IC).

 -The 2017 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (July 31st MLB NWTD).

 -The 2017 American League and National League Wild Card (ALWC, NLWC) games.

 -The 2017 American League Division Series and National League Division Series (ALDS, NLDS) games.

-The 2017 American League Championship Series and National League Championship Series (ALCS, NLCS) games.

-The 2017 MLB World Series (MLB WS).

-The 2017 Major League Baseball World Series (MLB WS) games and the 2017 MLB Winter Meetings (2017 MLB WM).

-The 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Election Announcement (2018 MLB HOF EA).

-The 2018 MLB Spring Training (2018 MLB ST) season. 

-The 2018 MLB Opening Day (2018 MLB OD) festivities.

-The 2018 MLB All-Star Game (2018 MLB ASG) festivities.

-The 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2018 MLB HOF IC).

-The 2018 July 31st MLB Non Waiver Trade Deadline (2018 July 31st MLB NWTD).

-The 2018 American League Wild Card (2018 ALWC) game (coming in October of 2018).

-The 2018 National League Wild Card (2018 NLWC) game (coming in October of 2018).

-The 2018 American League Division Series (2018 ALDS) (coming in October of 2018).

-The 2018 National League Division Series (2018 NLDS) (coming in October of 2018).

-The 2018 American League Championship Series (2018 ALCS) (coming in October of 2018).

-The 2018 National League Championship Series (2018 NLCS) (coming in October of 2018).

-The 2018 MLB World Series (2018 MLB WS) (coming in October of 2018).

-The 2018 MLB Winter Meetings (2018 MLB WM) (coming in December of 2018).

It should be noted that any MLB Network (MLBN) personality will only be given credit for any marquee events that they covered for MLB Network (MLBN). If a network personality covered a marquee event for another network throughout the year, those will not be counted in this category. They will instead be reflected as part of their Multiple Broadcast Networks Star Appearance Profile (MBNSAP) as shown below.

Social Media Platforms and Followers Reached (SMPFR): A measurement of how many Social Media Platforms and Follower Reached (SMPFR) that each MLB Network (MLBN) personality has or does not have. The various types of Social Media Platforms (SMP) include FacebookTwitterInstagram and so on.

Multiple Broadcast Networks Star Appearance Profile (MBNSAP): 
Measures the number of other broadcast networks that an MLB Network (MLBN) personality is a part of besides MLB Network (MLBN).

NOTE: Analysts placement in rankings is based on their complete body of work and overall performance during the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season and postseason as well as their cumulative body of work from 2015-17 which includes their entire body of work during the regular season, postseason and the hot stove off season period of team and player trade rumors and free agent signings.

I should also point out that this list ranking series is from one fan's perspective and is meant to be fun, informative and entertaining and is not meant to be taken too seriously. I should also point out that as a fan of MLB Network, I am an in no way affiliated with them as an employee. These are just my own views and opinions. Most of all, this series of posts is meant to be fun and entertaining! With that being said, let's get this 2018 MLB Network Top 10 Right Now rankings party started with the Top 10 MLB Network Analysts Right Now!


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1. Eric Byrnes-In the 2018 edition of the Top 10 MLB Network Analysts Right Now, the race for the top two spots went down as one the one of the closest races that I have seen happen since I started doing this Top 10 countdown blog post series some three years ago or so.

As a matter of fact, the competition for the top two spots in the Analysts group of my countdown series has been so close for the last couple of years that if the MLB Network TV show that this countdown blog post series is based on also called Top 10 Right Now would allow for the naming of co-champions, then I would go ahead and do just that. Unfortunately, that show's current format does not really allow for there to be co-champions for any of its countdown category lists. Since I've been doing these lists in pretty much the same way as the actual Top 10 Right Now TV show series, that means there can only be one champion that occupies the number one spot for 2017. That lucky gentleman is the one and only Mr. Eric Byrnes.

The biggest factors that gave Eric Byrnes' a slight edge at number one atop the 2018 Top 10 MLB Network (MLBN) Analysts Right Now was that the vast majority of his Daily Signature Show Appearances (DSSA) on MLB Network (MLBN) during the early part of the 2017 MLB Season were made on MLB Tonight. This is an important item to take note of as part of the final Top 10 MLB Network (MLBN) Right Now rankings in 2018 since the MLB Tonight show is considered to be what is known in the TV and Radio business as the network's flagship program. The term flagship in this case is defined as the finest, largest or most important one of a series, network or chain according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Since the MLB Tonight show is widely considered to be the finest, largest or most important show on the network as the flagship program, any appearances made on that show will definitely carry more weight as compared to an appearance on any other program on MLB Tonight.

Furthermore, since the race for the number one spot among the network's analysts in 2018 was so close between the top two individuals, the early season appearances on MLB Tonight during the 2017 season for Eric Byrnes  were more than enough to give him the edge over Mark DeRosa who was primarily on the MLB Central morning show during 2017. While those early season appearances from 2017 on MLB Tonight certainly didn't hurt his case to be the number one MLB Network (MLBN) analyst right now heading into this season, the one thing that will be interesting to see going forward is if Eric will be given more appearances across MLB Network's other Daily Signature Shows (DSS). Due to his very passionate and fiery personality as an analyst, it would be very nice to see him being given even more playing time than he has already earned so to speak because he most definitely makes any show that he hosts or appears on much more exciting and interesting.

Another thing that cemented Eric's number one spot on this year's countdown is that he added the job title of author to his resume. That's because shortly before the 2018 MLB season began he apparently wrote a book that came out earlier this year in March called The F*It List: Life Lessons from a Human Crash Test Dummy. While I have not read the book yet myself as of right now, I do plan on reading it sometime in the future.

Eric Byrnes's 2018 Broadcasting Sabermetrics Profile:

Time Spent At MLB Network (MLBN): 2010-Present (9th year)

1. 2017-2018 Daily Signature Shows Hosted/Appearances Above Replacement Personality (2017-2018 D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP): MLB Central + High Heat + MLB Now + MLB Tonight=4 D-S-SHARP/SAARP in 2017-2018 for Eric Byrnes.

Eric Byrnes appeared on most of the daily signature shows that are currently on MLB Network (MLBN) during the 2017-2018 period of time. I think he even made at least one or two guest hosting appearances on Intentional Talk over the course of the last year or so. Unfortunately those appearances did not consist of a sample size that was sufficient enough to be included in the final total for 2017-2018.

Career Daily Signature Shows Hosted/Appearances Above Replacement Personality (Career D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP): Pretty much the same as the 2017-2018 total from up above with some additional appearances on Play Ball, which brings the career total of daily signature shows/hosted/appearances (Career D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP) to 5 total career shows for Eric Byrnes at MLB Network (MLBN).

2. Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segments (D-S-S BNSPS): 9 D-S-S BNSPS for Eric Byrnes in 2017-2018.

-On The Scene With Eric James Byrnes
-Byrning Questions
-Point/Counterpoint
-Fill The Plate
-Oppo Taco Tuesday
-The 5 Train
-Diamond Demo
-Live Look In
-7 Minute Stretch



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All of the at least 9 Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segments (D-S-S BNSPS) that Eric Byrnes is a part of come from more than one of the daily signature shows that he has either hosted or appeared on. The On The Scene and Byrning Questions show segments are from the Hot Stove and High Heat programs respectively while the rest of them are from MLB Central and MLB Tonight.

Of all those show segment that feature Eric Byrnes, the two that stand out the most are the On The Scene segment. The On The Scene from the Hot Stove show consists of a variety of clips that show Eric Byrnes doing a number of different things while he is on location or supposedly on the scene from somewhere. The way that this segment is introduced each time always makes it look like Eric is supposed to be a news reporter on T.V. doing a liveshot. Of course the actual clips of Eric that are shown during the particular segment have nothing to do with him being an actual news reporter and instead show him doing something funny or weird.

During the Byrning Questions segment from High Heat, Eric Byrnes will usually make occasional appearances on the High Heat show throughout the year to talk about various baseball related topics alongside Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo. While this segment is for the most part fairly interesting and entertaining, it will almost always end up with the two participants screaming and yelling at each other in order to get their point across at some point.

3. Hot Takes Expressed (HTE): 4 Hot Takes Expressed (HTE) (3 in 2017-2018 + 1 career Hot Takes Expressed (HTE)=4 total.

1. The first of Eric Byrnes' 2 Hot Takes Expressed (HTE) was when he reiterated his stance in favor of having an automated strike zone in an appearance on High Heat during the 2017-2018 off season. While I haven't really been in favor of baseball having an automated strike zone up to this point myself, I admire that this is one aspect of baseball in which Byrnes is not afraid to speak his mind and have an opinion that some baseball fans may or may not agree with.

2. The second Hot Take Expressed (HTE) for Eric Byrnes was also during the 2017-2018 off season period when he asked about who he would have voted for on the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame (2018 MLB HOF) election ballot during MLB Network's (MLBN) of the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Election Announcement (2018 MLB HOF EA). When he did reveal the players on the 2018 ballot that he would have voted for if he was an actual Hall of Fame voter, it only had 2 names on it. Those 2 players were Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens whose names have been associated and linked to Major League Baseball's (MLB) performance enhancing drugs (PED) scandal over the last several years. After he revealed his 2 choices for the Hall of Fame, Eric also said something along the lines of how if it was up to him that he would not vote for any other players for the Hall of Fame until those two players are elected into the Hall of Fame.

3. The third and final of Eric's Hot Takes Expressed (HTE) for 2017-2018 was about his charitable efforts for the Let Them Play foundation. This consisted of doing a bike ride across the United States of America in an effort to bring the subject of Physical Education or P.E. back to school for kids to enjoy.

While I would have voted for more than 2 players on the ballot if I had a vote, it sure takes a lot of guts and courage to say that you would vote for only 2 players for the Hall of Fame if you were given the chance to do so. I should point out that Eric Byrnes does not have an actual vote on who or who does not make it into the Hall of Fame. When he disclosed that he would have only voted for those two players mentioned above, it was just his opinion and not an actual voting ballot. Nonetheless, this kind of opinion is a perfect example of analysis that shows how Eric Byrnes is not afraid to speak his mind and express how he feels about something even if may or may not be well received by fans and viewers.

3. The third of Eric's Hot Takes Expressed (HTE) for 2017-2018 was about his charitable efforts for his Triathlon Across America and his very own Let Them Play foundation. This consisted of doing a swim/bike ride/run triathlon across the United States of America from July 22, 2018-September 15, 2018 in support of the Let Them Play foundation and their efforts to bring the subject of Physical Education back to schools and the students in the United States of America.


4. Career wise during his time at MLB Network (MLBN) Eric Byrnes has also had a tradition of making some very memorable and epic appearance entrances on MLB Central throughout the last few years that could also be considered hot takes as well. Beginning with the 2018 season however, those MLB Central appearance entrances have not been a part of the show. In honor of those entrances and also as a way to remember them, here is a sampling of some of the most memorable ones featuring Eric Byrnes:



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4. Marquee Events Score (ME Score):

1. Appeared on MLB Central during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 National League Wild Card (2017 NLWC) game between the Colorado Rockies (COL) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (ARI).

2. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 American League Championship Series (2017 ALCS) between the New York Yankees (NYY) versus the Houston Astros (HOU) as well as the 2017 National League Championship Series (2017 NLCS) between the Chicago Cubs (CHC) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD).

3. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB World Series (2017 MLB WS) between the Houston Astros (HOU) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD).

4. Appeared on MLB Now during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Election Announcement (MLB HOF EA). 

5. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Spring Training (2018 MLB ST) season from the Cactus (CACTUS) League in Arizona.

For Eric Byrnes this is one area where he could improve on heading into the 2018 season. Given how strong he is as an analyst overall, I think he should be featured on more than 5 Marquee Events (ME).

5. Social Media Platforms and Followers Reached (SMPFR): Facebook + Twitter + Instagram=3 SMPFR. 

On his Facebook page, Eric Byrnes is liked by 3,831 and counting people and followed by 3,854 and counting followers. On Twitter he is followed by 45.1 thousand and counting followers while having a total of 4,324 and counting tweets. Finally on his Instagram page, Eric Byrnes has a total of 35.1 thousand and counting followers and 1,221 and counting posts.

During the 2018 season Eric was also a color commentator for a few of the MLB Live game of the week broadcasts that have been viewed exclusively on Facebook.

6. Multiple Broadcast Networks Star Appearance Profile (MBNSAP): 0 MBNSAP for Eric Byrnes in 2017-2018.

During the 2017-2018 period of time, Eric Byrnes had no multiple broadcast network star appearances and was therefore a loyal MLB Network (MLBN) on-air personality.


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2. Harold Reynolds-Having been with the MLB Network (MLBN) since its inception in 2009, the overall performance of Harold Reynolds as an analyst in 2017-2018 was excellent enough and worthy of the number two spot amongst the MLB Network (MLBN) analysts in the Top 10 Right Now countdown for 2018. Since his debut in 2009 as part of MLB Network's (MLBN) inaugural class of on-air talent, Reynolds has become a very consistent fixture and figure on MLB Network's (MLBN) programming schedule of Daily Signature Shows (DSS) over the last few years throughout an entire year's worth of programming. For instance, during the regular season and postseason Harold spends the majority of his on-air time on MLB Tonight. When the network transitions to its off season programming schedule after the end of the postseason, Harold Reynolds will then usually shift gears and serve as a host of the Hot Stove as well as on MLB Tonight during a select number of the network's off season Marquee Events (ME) coverage such as the yearly MLB Winter Meetings (MLB WM) and the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Election Announcement (MLB HOF EA).

Harold Reynolds' 2018 Broadcasting Sabermetrics Profile (BSP):

Time Spent At MLB Network (MLBN): 2009-Present (10th year)

1. 2017-2018 Daily Signature Shows Hosted/Appearances Above Replacement Personality (2018 D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP): MLB Tonight + Hot Stove + Play Ball (Note: this show airs only once a week during the weekend.)=3 D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP in 2017-2018.

In addition to those shows listed above, Harold Reynolds made what I'm pretty sure was his first and only appearance on MLB Central during the July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (July31st MLB NWTD) in 2017. As usual though, since it was only one appearance, it was not a large enough sample size to be included in the final total number for 2017-2018. Over the last few seasons Harold Reynolds has also served as the main host of the weekly Play Ball signature show that is geared towards a younger audience such as teenagers and young kids. The biggest difference with this show in terms of the schedule is that it only airs during the weekend for the most part and is therefore technically not on the network's programming schedule as a daily show of the signature variety.

Career Daily Signature Shows Hosted/Appearances Above Replacement Personality (Career D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP): MLB Tonight + Hot Stove + MLB Now + Play Ball (Note: this show airs only once a week during the weekend.)=4 Career D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP since 2009 for Harold Reynolds.

Broadcasting career wise, Harold Reynolds has either hosted or appeared on a total of 4 Daily Signature Shows (DSS). The additional show that is included as part of his career total in this category is MLB Now since he was on that show during its first season along with Brian Kenny and then show moderator Kristina Fitzpatrick whose last name at that time was Akra.

2. Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segments (D-S-S BNSPS):

-Diamond Demo
-Mystery Caller
-Mr. Reynolds Goes To Washington
-Hot Stove Slot Machine
-Say Something
-7 Minute Stretch



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When looking at the 6 Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segments (D-S-S BNSPS) for Harold Reynolds most of them come from the Hot Stove morning show that he is a host of during the off season. Among each of those show segments, the most popular ones that have been featured over the last few years are probably the Mystery Caller one, Hot Stove Slot Machine and Say Something. Of those three show segments, they are all very good and entertaining but the Mystery Caller is probably my favorite one. The Mr. Reynolds Goes To Washington segment is also a pretty good one that was introduced during the 2017-2018 off season in which the name was inspired by the Mr. Smith Goes To Washington movie with James Stewart. The Mr. Reynolds Goes To Washington segment featured Harold Reynolds supposedly going all the way to Washington, D.C. to "speak" to various members of the United States government about various issues. In actuality those segments would always end with Harold telling a baseball story of some kind to the various "officials" of the U.S. government. Even though it is a fairly new show segment, it would be nice to see more of those on future episodes of Hot Stove.

In addition to all those show segments listed above, there is one more that is shown from time to time that includes Harold Reynolds. The last segment is one in which Harold is supposed to teach the viewer about all the different languages that he apparently knows how to speak. I can't remember the actual name of it, but I think it is called either Learning Linguistics With Harold Reynolds or Linguistics With Harold Reynolds.

3. Hot Takes Expressed (HTE): 1 Hot Take Expressed (HTE) in 2017-2018.

1. In the Hot Takes Expressed (HTE) department, the one that stood out among the rest for Harold Reynolds and was the most noteworthy for him in 2017-2018 were his thoughts in general on Hot Stove about the slow moving pace of team transactions and activity in the 2017-2018 free agency period during the off season.

4. Marquee Events (ME) Score: 22 Marquee Events (ME) covered in 2017-2018 for Harold Reynolds. (NOTE: Some of the following Marquee Events (ME) that are listed below for Harold ended up being placed out of order for one reason or another. The events that are listed below from numbers 10-16 actually took place before the events that are listed between the numbers of 7-9.) 

1. Hosted Hot Stove and appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB Spring Training (2017 MLB ST) and 2018 MLB Spring Training (2018 MLB ST) seasons. As one of the hosts of Hot Stove, he took part in the network's coverage from Studio K of both the Cactus (CACTUS) and Grapefruit (GRPFRT) leagues in Arizona and Florida respectively. When he appeared on MLB Tonight, Harold was on location from the Cactus (CACTUS) League in Arizona in 2017 and the Grapefruit (GRPFRT) League in Florida in 2018.

2. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 World Baseball Classic (2017 WBC) from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

3. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB Opening Day (2017 MLB OD) festivities.

4. Appeared on MLB Network (MLBN) during their coverage of the 2017 MLB First Year Player Draft (2017 MLB FYPD)

5. Appeared on MLB Network (MLBN) during their coverage of the 2017 MLB Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2017 MLB HOF IC).
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6. Appeared on MLB Central and on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2017 July 31st MLB NWTD).

7. Hosted Hot Stove during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB Winter Meetings (MLB WM) from Orlando, Florida.

8. Hosted Hot Stove and appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Election Announcement (2018 MLB HOF EA).

9.  Hosted Hot Stove during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Spring Training (2018 MLB ST) season.

10.  Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 American League Wild Card (2017 ALWC) game between the Minnesota Twins (MIN) and the New York Yankees (NYY).

11. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 National League Wild Card (2017 NLWC) game between the Colorado Rockies (COL) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (ARI).

12. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 American League Division Series (2017 ALDS) between the New York Yankees (NYY) and the Cleveland Indians (CLE).

13. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 National League Division Series (2017 NLDS) between the Chicago Cubs (CHC) and the Washington Nationals (WSH).

14. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 American League Championship Series (2017 ALCS) between the New York Yankees (NYY) and the Houston Astros (HOU).

15. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 National League Championship Series (2017 NLCS) between the Chicago Cubs (CHC) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD).

16. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) of the 2017 MLB World Series (2017 MLB WS) between the Houston Astros (HOU) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD) from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California and Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

17. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Spring Training (2018 MLB ST) season from the Grapefruit (GRPFRT) League in Florida.

18. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Opening Day (2018 MLB OD) festivities.

19. Appeared on MLB Network (MLBN) during their coverage of the 2018 MLB First Year Player Draft (2018 MLB FYPD).

20. Color commentator for the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and hosted the 2018 MLB All-Star Red Carpet show during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game (2018 MLB ASG) week festivities from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.. He also made several appearances on MLB Tonight for both pregame and postgame coverage as well during this time.

21. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2018 MLB HOF IC) and also hosted MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2018 MLB HOF IC).

22. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2018 July 31st MLB NWTD). (NOTE: Appeared on the July 31st, 2018 morning/afternoon episode of MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2018 July 31st MLB NWTD).

Among the analysts at MLB Network (MLBN), Harold Reynolds is by far the one who is assigned to cover the most Marquee Events (ME) in Major League Baseball (MLB) throughout the year on a fairly consistent basis. It was no different in 2017-2018 when he was assigned go cover or be a part of 22 of them for MLB Network (MLBN) When looking at this aspect of his on-air performance and comparing it in relation to his other colleagues, the only other personalities who come close to that excellent track record of consistency are Greg Amsinger, Chris Rose, Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo, Kevin Millar and Mark DeRosa.

5. Social Media Platforms and Followers Reached (SMPFR): 0 SMPFR for Harold Reynolds.

Harold Reynolds does not have a single official social media page of any kind so therefore his total SMPFR is 0. There is nothing wrong with that total by the way when it comes to this countdown as it didn't really a substantial effect on where he landed on it in the end.

6. Multiple Broadcast Networks Star Appearance Profile (MBNSAP): NHL Network (NHLN)=1 MBNSAP for Harold Reynolds in 2017-2018..

1. NHL Network (NHLN)-During the 2017-2018 off season, Harold Reynolds made one appearance on the NHL Network (NHLN) along with Ron Darling as part of the latest installment of the MLB Network (MLBN) Vs. NHL Network (NHLN) skills challenge program.


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3. Mark DeRosa-After beating out the rest of the competition last year, Mark DeRosa moves down two spots below number one to number three heading into the 2018 season.

While DeRosa, or DeRo for short, had yet another strong season as an analyst for MLB Network (MLBN) in 2017, his place in the number one spot for 2018 was relinquished to Eric Byrnes based on the number of appearances on MLB Network's MLB Tonight flagship show that Byrnes made on it during the early part of last season. Add in the fact that he only is on the MLB Network (MLBN) for only a half part of the year during the regular season and postseason for the most part as the main reason why Mark comes in at number three on the countdown in 2018. If he had more of an off season presence on the network besides the occasional appearance at the annual MLB Winter Meetings (MLB WM) or the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Election Announcement (MLB HOF EA), he probably would have been able to still have a spot somewhere in the top two portion of the countdown. Due to that very minimal off season presence, I am therefore exercising my right to use the Broadcasting Shredder (BS) machine to move Mark DeRosa down a couple spots in this year's edition of my Top 10 MLB Network (MLBN) Right Now countdown.

Having said that, Mark DeRosa still made a very good impression with a couple of Hot Takes Expressed  (HTE) on MLB Central during the 2017 season.

The first of the Hot Takes Expressed (HTE) for Mark DeRosa came out when both he and Preston Wilson got into a very spirited debate about whether bunting to break up a perfect game or no-hitter is an appropriate thing to do or if it somehow goes against the so-called unwritten rules of baseball after Jarrod Dyson of the Seattle Mariners did just that when facing Justin Verlander who was with the Detroit Tigers at the time to successfully break what was a perfect game up to that point during a game at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington on June 21, 2017. At the time that Dyson bunted for the Mariners first hit of the game that night, the game had reached the bottom of the sixth inning. When the game was over, the Mariners would be victorious in a come from behind victory by a final score of 7 to 5.

For the purposes of this blog post however, the final score of that game was not the big story. No sir! The big story the next day on the MLB Central morning show was the debate that got started about if it is acceptable or not for a perfect game or no-hitter to be broken up with a player trying to bunt for a hit. During the discussion that occurred between Mark DeRosa and Preston Wilson about the game, Mark commented that if it were him in that situation, he would have preferred that a player get a hit in that situation in the old fashioned way by swinging the bat instead of squaring around to bunt.

On the other hand, Preston Wilson didn't have too much of a problem with the bunt in that situation since it was still in the early part of the game and also because a player like Dyson was trying to get on base in any way that he could and since speed is one of Dyson's best skills as a player, he didn't seem to see anything wrong with the bunt in that situation for the most part. For me personally in this kind of game situation, while I have no problem with a player trying to bunt for a hit to break up a perfect game or a no-hitter at any point, I would prefer that they try to swing their way through an at-bat to get on base first before trying to bunt.

The second of the Hot Takes Expressed (HTE) that stood out for Mark DeRosa during the 2017 season was the player trading scenario that he came up as part of DeRo Demo Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segment (D-S-S BNSPS). During one particular installment of a DeRo Demo that aired on MLB Central sometime before the 2017 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2017 July 31st MLB NWTD)DeRosa came up with a trade proposal that would have sent Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (BAL) to the Houston Astros (HOU)! While that exact trade scenario did not actually happen at any point during the 2017 season, it was still noteworthy in the sense that Mark DeRosa actually included a big name player like Manny Machado in any kind of trade scenario. Even though a Manny Machado trade did not happen during the 2017 or even up to this point as of now , DeRosa has definitely done a very good job in the Hot Takes Expressed (HTE) as an analyst over the last few years at MLB Network (MLBN).

Mark DeRosa's 2018 Broadcasting Sabermetrics Profile (BSP):

Time Spent At MLB Network (MLBN): 2014-Present (5th year)

1. 2017-2018 Daily Signature Shows Hosted/Appearances Above Replacement Personality (2018 D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP): MLB Central + MLB Tonight=2 D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP in 2017-2018. During the 2017 season and the 2017-2018 off season, Mark DeRosa also made a couple appearances on MLB Now, but the sample size of his appearances on that show was too small to be included in the final total. If he continues to make even more appearances on MLB Now in 2018, then the total number of signature show appearances for him can and probably will be adjusted.

Career Daily Signature Shows Hosted/Appearances Above Replacement Personality (Career D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP): Pretty much the same as the 2017-2018 total in this category with the addition of occasional appearances on Intentional Talk from a few years ago when DeRosa was a player for the Toronto Blue Jays (TOR) to bring the career show total up to 3 D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP for Mark. Those occasional Intentional Talk from a few years ago were noteworthy because he made some of those appearances alongside then teammate Munenori Kawasaki who was from Japan. These appearances also helped to showcase what Mark DeRosa was like as a person and probably helped him later on when he was hired as an analyst for MLB Network (MLBN) in 2014. 

2. Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segments (D-S-S BNSPS):

-The D-Train
-The 5 Train
-DeRo Demo
-Dr. DeRo
-DeRo's Deep Dives
-Hitters' Meeting
-Point/Counterpoint
-Central Scribbles
-Believe/Make Believe (and all other classroom-themed related segments)
-Just Playin'
-Worried or Whatever
-Klub Kluber
-Soapbox
-Who Can It Be Now?



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In the Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segments (D-S-S BNSPS) department, the majority of show segments that Mark DeRosa has been involved in or is a part come from his time as a host on the MLB Central regular season morning show. Some of those noteworthy show segments include The D-Train, DeRo Demo and Dr. DeRo.

3. Hot Takes Expressed (HTE): 2 Hot Takes Expressed (HTE) in 2017-2018.

1. As mentioned from earlier up above, the first of Mark DeRosa's 2 Hot Takes Expressed (HTE) in 2017-2018 came during an episode of MLB Central in 2017 when both he and guest analyst Preston Wilson debated whether or not it is against the so-called unwritten rules of baseball to bunt for a hit in a game during a no-hitter when discussing that exact situation in a 2017 baseball game between the Kansas City Royals (KC) and the Seattle Mariners (SEA) that took place at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. From his perspective, Mark thought that bunting for a hit in that situation was not necessarily the right thing to do. On the other hand, Preston Wilson did not have a problem with it regardless of the point and time that the game was in.

The second of Mark DeRosa's Hot Takes Expressed (HTE) from the 2017 season was when he did a DeRo Demo show segment on MLB Central about which players the Baltimore Orioles (BAL) should have considered trading away to other teams leading up to the 2017 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2017 July 31st MLB NWTD). During this particular DeRo Demo show segment, Mark came up with a pretty exciting trade proposal that would have sent Manny Machado to the Houston Astros (HOU) in exchange for some other players who I can't remember that would have gone to the Baltimore Orioles (BAL). Unfortunately that particular trade scenario never came to fruition during the 2017 season but it was definitely fun and exciting to think about what could have possible from the hypothetical trade scenario that Mark DeRosa came up with.

While the Manny Machado trade discussions never resulted in an actual trade during the 2017 season, that was not the case in 2018 as Mr. Machado was finally traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD) a few days before the 2018 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2018 July 31st MLB NWTD) for a group of minor league prospects.  

4. Marquee Events Score (ME Score):

1. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 World Baseball Classic (2017 WBC) from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

2. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB Spring Training (2017 MLB ST) season from the Grapefruit (GRPFRT) League in Florida.

3. Hosted MLB Central during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB Opening Day (2017 MLB OD) festivities.

4. Hosted MLB Central during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2017 July 31st MLB NWTD).

5. Hosted MLB Central during MLB Network's (MLBN) pre game coverage of the 2017 American League Wild Card (2017 ALWC) game between the Minnesota Twins (MIN) and the New York Yankees (NYY).

6. Hosted MLB Central during MLB Network's (MLBN) pre game coverage of the 2017 National League Wild Card (2017 NLWC) game between the Colorado Rockies (COL) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (ARI).

7. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 American League Division Series (2017 ALDS) between the New York Yankees (NYY) and the Cleveland Indians (CLE).

8. Appeared on MLB Now and MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB World Series (2017 MLB WS) between the Houston Astros (HOU) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD) from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California and Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

9. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB Winter Meetings (2017 MLB WM) from Orlando, Florida. 

NOTE: From what I can remember, I think he only made one total appearance on MLB Tonight because I think he may have gotten sick while he was there. That single appearance on MLB Tonight was good enough to still be counted as part of his final Marquee Events (ME) covered score though.

10. Appeared on MLB Network (MLBN) during their coverage of the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Election Announcement (2018 MLB HOF EA).

11. Hosted MLB Central during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Opening Day (2018 MLB OD) festivities.

12. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2018 MLB HOF IC) and also hosted MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2018 MLB HOF IC).

13. Hosted MLB Central during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2018 July 31st MLB NWTD). (NOTE: Hosted both of the July 30th-31st episodes of MLB Central during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2018 July 31st MLB NWTD).

Since he has been one of the main hosts of the MLB Central morning show over the last few years in addition to his appearances on MLB Tonight during the postseason and off season, Mark DeRosa has been a part of a large number of MLB Network's (MLBN) Marquee Events (ME) coverage. In 2017-2018 he took part in 13 Marquee Events (ME). Going forward, I see no reason why (other than injury or illness) the total number of Marquee Events (ME) covered in 2018 won't be close to the same or even more for him at the end of the 2018 season.

5. Social Media Platforms and Followers Reached (SMPFR): Twitter + Instagram + Facebook=3 SMPFR for Mark DeRosa.

In terms of his online social media platform presence, Mark DeRosa has an official page on Twitter and on Instagram. On his Twitter page he has 30.8 thousand followers and counting but only 718 tweets and counting. On his Instagram page he is followed by 1,664 and counting followers. Up to this point however he has not been very active in keeping that page up to date as he has a grand total of 0 Instagram posts! That goose egg number did not have a big impact on his place in this year's rankings as the overall body of work for Mark over the last year or so was still good enough for the number three spot in 2018.

Mark appears to also have a Facebook but it seems like he is not very active on it since at least 2008.

During the 2018 season Mark was also a color commentator for a few of the MLB Live game of the week broadcasts that have been viewed exclusively on Facebook.

6. Multiple Broadcast Networks Star Appearance Profile (MBNSAP): 2 MBNSAP.

1. Discovery Channel-During the 2017 season Mark DeRosa appeared on an episode of the Diesel Brothers TV show on the Discovery Channel along with Cliff Floyd.

2. Golf Channel-During the 2017-2018 off season Mark DeRosa also appeared and played in the 2018 Diamond Resorts Invitational golf tournament on the Golf Channel.



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4. Bill Ripken-After just missing the cut in last year's Top 10 MLB Network (MLBN) Right Now countdown among the analysts' Bill Ripken is back in the countdown for 2018! His overall performance as an analyst was not the only thing that helped him get back into the good to great part of this countdown but it certainly didn't hurt. Actually, the biggest thing that helped Mr. Ripken get back to a spot within the top 10 portion of the countdown was the new Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segment (D-S-S BNSPS) that was introduced during the 2017 season called Bill's Blackboard.

The Bill's Blackboard Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power (D-S-S BNSPS) show segment became so popular during the 2017 season that at one point it had it's very own sponsor that it was presented by. That sponsor was Trip Advisor. There was also a mission statement that was a part of each Bill's Blackboard segment which stated that the purpose of it was to "educate and promote thinking in a pure baseball sense." Using that mission statement as a guide, the Bill's Blackboard segment makes an effort to teach fans and viewers what is the proper thing to do in a variety of different game situations according to analyst Bill Ripken. The name of the segment comes from the both the name of the person who is in charge of it and the fact that he uses a screen graphic in the shape of a blackboard that are in many school classrooms all over the world.

Bill Ripken's 2018 Broadcasting Sabermetrics Primer (BSP):

Time Spent At MLB Network (MLBN): 2009-Present (10th year) 

1. 2017-2018 Daily Signature Shows Hosted/Appearances Above Replacement Personality (2017-2018 D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP): MLB Tonight + MLB Central (guest analyst/host/Bill's Blackboard signature show segment in 2017)+ Hot Stove (fill-in host)=3 D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP in 2017-2018.

2. Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segments (D-S-S BNSPS):

-Bill's Blackboard
-Diamond Demo
-Live Look In
-Say Something
-7 Minute Stretch



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Of the 4 Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segments (D-S-S BNSPS) that Bill Ripken is a part of on MLB Network (MLBN), the most noteworthy and popular one is the Bill's Blackboard show segment that debuted last season. 

3. Hot Takes Expressed (HTE): 1 Hot Take Expressed (HTE) in 2017-2018 for Bill Ripken.

1. The fact that the Bill's Blackboard signature show segments from 2017 became so popular that the network created a new weekly compilation show that aired during the off season out of those segments with the same name is worthy of a Hot Take Expressed (HTE) in my book.

4. Marquee Events (ME) Score: 7 Marquee Events (ME) for Bill Ripken in 2017-2018 so far.

1. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 American League Division Series (2017 ALDS) between the New York Yankees (NYY) and the Cleveland Indians (CLE).

2. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 National League Division Series (2017 NLDS) between the Chicago Cubs (CHC) and the Washington Nationals (WSH).

3. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 National League Division Series (2017 NLDS) between the Arizona Diamondbacks (ARI) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD).

4. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 American League Championship Series (2017 ALCS) between the New York Yankees (NYY) and the Houston Astros (HOU).

5. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Spring Training (2018 MLB ST) season.

6. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Opening Day (2018 MLB OD) festivities.

7. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2018 July 31st MLB NWTD). (NOTE: Appeared on both of the July 30th-31st episodes of MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2018 July 31st MLB NWTD).

For Bill Ripken the majority of analyst work on the network's Marquee Events (ME) coverage was done on MLB Tonight during the 2017 postseason and the 2017-2018 off season. The most surprising thing though was that his final total in this category was only 7 Marquee Events (ME). The good thing was that 4 out of the 7 events (57%) that Bill Ripken helped to cover came during the 2017 postseason.

5. Social Media Platforms and Followers Reached (SMPFR): 0 SMPFR for Bill Ripken.

Bill Ripken is another MLB Network (MLBN) personality who does not a personal or official social media page of any kind. Like all the other MLB Network (MLBN) personalities who do not a social media page of any kind, I don't think Bill Ripken needs to add one for himself if he chooses not to do so. As was the case with the other MLB Network (MLBN) personalities on the list who do not have a social media presence, the lack of such a presence did not have any impact on where Bill Ripken landed on this year's list.

6. Multiple Broadcast Networks Star Appearance Profile (MBNSAP): 0 MBNSAP for Bill Ripken in 2017-2018.

Since he has been with MLB Network (MLBN) Bill Ripken has been an analyst for that network only for the most part. During the last year and a half or so, he has not made any appearances on any other rival broadcast networks.


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5. Kevin Millar-Thanks to the work that he has done on the Intentional Talk Daily Signature Show (DSS), Kevin Millar moves up a couple of spots on the countdown from last year at number six all the way number four in 2018.

Since his arrival at MLB Network (MLBN) in 2010 Kevin Millar has been one of the more consistent analysts at MLB Network (MLBN) over the last few years. It also doesn't hurt that Millar gets to go to pretty much all of Major League Baseball's (MLB) Marquee Events (ME) that take place throughout each season for Intentional Talk.

Kevin Millar's 2018 Broadcasting Sabermetrics Profile (BSP):

Time Spent At MLB Network (MLBN): 2010-Present (9th year)

1. 2017-2018 Daily Signature Shows Hosted/Appearances Above Replacement Personality (2017-2018 D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP): Intentional Talk + MLB Tonight + MLB Central=3 D-S-SHARP/D-S-SAARP in 2017-2018.

In 2017-2018, Kevin Millar either hosted or appeared on Intentional Talk and MLB Tonight for the most part with a few appearances once again on MLB Central during the 2018 season.

Career Daily Signature Shows/Show Appearances Above Replacement Personality (Career D-S-SHARP/Career D-S-SAARP): For the career portion of Kevin Millar's statistical numbers in this category, it is pretty much the same as the 2017-2018 total since Kevin doesn't really serve as a host or appear on any of the other shows for the most part besides Intentional Talk and MLB Tonight. 

2. Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segments (D-S-S BNSPS):

-Opening Act
-Let's Fake A Deal
-Irrelevant Video of the Day
-Monthly Predictions
-Kevin's Highlights
-Got Heem!
-Live Look In
-Diamond Demo


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3. Hot Takes Expressed (HTE): Kevin Millar had 0 Hot Takes Expressed (HTE) in 2017-2018.

4. Marquee Events (ME) Score: 14 Marquee Events (ME) covered in 2017-2018 for Kevin Millar.

1. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB Spring Training (2017 MLB ST) season.

2. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB Spring Training (2017 MLB ST) season from the Grapefruit (GRPFRT) League in Florida.

3. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 World Baseball Classic (2017 WBC) from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

4. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB Opening Day (2017 MLB OD) festivities.

5. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game (2017 MLB ASG) from Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.

6. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2017 July 31st MLB NWTD).

7. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 American League Wild Card (2017 ALWC) game between the Minnesota Twins (MIN) and the New York Yankees (NYY).

8. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 National League Wild Card (2017 NLWC) game between the Colorado Rockies (COL) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (ARI).

9.. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 American League Division Series (2017 ALDS) between the New York Yankees (NYY) versus the Cleveland Indians (CLE) and the Boston Red Sox (BOS) versus the Houston Astros (HOU).

10. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 National League Division Series (2017 NLDS) between the Arizona Diamondbacks (ARI) versus the Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD) and the Chicago Cubs (CHC) versus the Washington Nationals (WSH).

10. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 American League Championship Series (2017 ALCS) between the New York Yankees (NYY) and the Houston Astros (HOU).

11. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 National League Championship Series (2017 NLCS) between the Chicago Cubs (CHC) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD).

12. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB World Series (2017 MLB WS) between the Houston Astros (HOU) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD) from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California and Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

13. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2017 MLB Winter Meetings (2017 MLB WM) from Orlando, Florida.

14. Appeared on MLB Tonight during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Spring Training (2018 MLB ST) season from the Cactus (CACTUS) League in Arizona.

15. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Opening Day (2018 MLB OD) festivities.

16. Hosted Intentional Talk during MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game (2018 MLB ASG) week festivities.

As one of the main hosts of the Intentional Talk Daily Signature Show (DSS), Kevin Millar was able to take part in covering a total of 16 Marquee Events (ME) on MLB Network (MLBN) during the 2017 regular season and postseason as well as the 2017-2018 off season.

5. Social Media Platforms and Followers Reached (SMPFR): Twitter + Instagram=2 SMPFR for Kevin Millar.

On Twitter Kevin Millar currently has 236 thousand followers and counting to go along with 9,602 and counting total tweets. On Instagram he is followed by 38 thousand followers and counting with a total of 1,691 posts and counting. 

6. Multiple Broadcast Networks Star Appearance Profile (MBNSAP): 1 MBNSAP for Kevin Millar in 2017-2018.

1. Golf Channel-In 2018 Kevin Millar participated in the 2018 Diamond Resorts Invitational golf tournament that has been broadcast on the Golf Channel.

Final Thoughts:

1. It was nice to see that Harold Reynolds finally made an appearance on MLB Central during the network's coverage of the 2017 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2017 July 31st MLB NWTD). Up to that point, I don't think Reynolds had made too many appearances on any of MLB Network's (MLBN) regular season shows that air during the morning portion of the schedule. For the most part Harold is primarily featured on MLB Tonight during the regular season which starts airing during the late afternoon or early evening hours of the day depending on where you are watching from.  It will be interesting to see if he does get the chance to make another appearance on any of the MLB Network (MLBN) morning shows once again during the 2018 regular season.

So far he has not made any appearances in 2018 on any of the regular season morning shows that MLB Network (MLBN) has had other than appearing on MLB Tonight for MLB Network's (MLBN) coverage of the 2018 MLB Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2018 MLB HOF IC) and the 2018 July 31st MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline (2018 July 31st MLB NWTD). 

The off season programming schedule is a different scenario of course for Reynolds show appearances total on MLB Network (MLBN) since he has been one of the main hosts of Hot Stove over the last few years.

2. It was also nice to see Ron Darling being given the opportunity to make more appearances on the network during the 2018 regular season in addition to his body of work that he has done with his off season appearances over the last few years. With that being said though, the regular season appearances in 2018 came too late in the process for him to to move up into the top 10 for this year.

3. As was the case with my earlier post about the Top 10 MLB Network (MLBN) Hosts Right Now, there were some broadcasting sabermetrics stats that I had to leave on the cutting room floor when evaluating the analysts of MLB Network (MLBN) due to time constraints and overall post length.

4. The information that was gathered and put together about the analysts' overall contribution and body of work such as shows hosted and other appearances as well as other criteria, such as Daily Signature Show Brand Name Star Power Segments (D-S-S BNSPS), coverage of Marquee Events (ME) and more was carefully researched and vetted by me in order to provide and reflect the most accurate and most up-to-date information possible. The process for this was done through a combination of tuning in regularly as a viewer on a daily basis, taking notes and keeping track of and reviewing who did what and when by monitoring the various social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) of the MLB Network (MLBN) and their on-air talent roster of personalities as well as the various online video clip archives that can be viewed by doing a search in the Videos section of the network's Facebook page.

All of the information about the analysts' overall body of work and contribution will continue to be updated as the 2018 MLB season rolls along through the end of the 2018 regular season, postseason and the conclusion of the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings (2018 MLB WM) from Las Vegas, Nevada to be held during the early-to-middle portion of the upcoming 2018-2019 off season period of time.  

It should also be noted that while I tried my best to provide the most accurate and most up-to-date information as possible, I want to apologize for any mistakes or errors that I may have made or did make while putting this blog post together before it was finally published.

5. During the 2017 season there were also a wide variety of MLB Network (MLBN) analysts who appeared on the Quick Pitch daily signature show. Unfortunately I was not able to keep track of those appearances however since Quick Pitch was on after I went to bed. The replays of the show also stopped airing for the most part after I woke up in the morning so I wasn't able to see which analysts appeared on the show.

During the few times that I was able to tune in and watch the Quick Pitch show in 2017 though it seemed like there was a vast majority of the network's analysts who made appearances on the show.

As for the 2018 season, I don't know if any of the analysts made an appearance or two on the show.

6. This is the last year that I plan on doing this Top 10 MLB Network (MLBN) Right Now series of blog posts so that I can focus more on writing about different topics relating to sports and other aspects of life.      

Tim Musick
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