MIAMI (March 2, 2015) – FOX Sports Florida, the statewide television home of the Miami Marlins, announced today the network will produce and televise 150 Marlins regular season games as part of the 2015 Major League Baseball season.
FOX Sports Florida will kick off the season on Opening Day with a special 90-minute pregame show, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6, when the Marlins host the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Home and away game telecasts will feature half-hour Marlins LIVE pregame shows and all will offer extended postgame coverage from site.
Tommy Hutton returns to the broadcast booth with expert commentary, marking his 19th season as FOX Sports Florida’s Marlins’ television analyst. Rich Waltz returns for his 11th year as play-by-play announcer, and Craig Minervini is back for his 14th season as pregame host and in-game reporter.
“Mr. Marlin,” former Marlins star Jeff Conine, continues on FOX Sports Florida’s broadcast team and will provide expert analysis on Marlins LIVE pre- and postgame shows for all home game telecasts, while former Marlins outfielder Preston Wilson returns for his fourth season, delivering added commentary and analysis. Former Marlins pitcher Carl Pavano also returns as analyst on Marlins LIVE after making his TV debut last season. Finally, FOX Sports Florida welcomes a new face to the broadcast team as Jessica Blaylock will serve as in-game reporter and host of “Inside the Marlins” episodes.
In addition to the 150 games on FOX Sports Florida, the Marlins will appear twice on the ‘FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week’ national schedule against the Baltimore Orioles on May 23, at 7:15 p.m., and vs. the Chicago Cubs on July 4, at 7:15 p.m. The Marlins will also be televised nationally twice on FOX Sports 1 against the Braves on Saturday, May 16, at 1:10 p.m., and Tuesday, July 23, at 7:10 p.m. vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.
Going beyond just coverage of games, FOX Sports Florida’s partnership with the Marlins provides fans with more opportunities to get to know the team and its players. Seven half-hour episodes of FOX Sports Florida’s popular “Inside the Marlins” are planned this year and will include player and coaches profiles, with exclusive behind-the-scenes stories and interviews, plus episodes offering inside access to other aspects of the team and its operations.
New to the network this year will be the start of an all-new series entitled “Marlins Clubhouse.” “Marlins Clubhouse” is a magazine style television series aimed at showcasing stories in and around Marlins baseball. Hosted by Preston Wilson, “Marlins Clubhouse” will premiere new episodes on the first Friday of every month before the start of the Marlins LIVE pregame show on the network. “Marlins Clubhouse” will target and engage young baseball viewers, with an emphasis on kids ages 13 to 18, by highlighting local baseball success stories. Episodes will include segments ranging from Coaches Corner to South Florida’s Rising Stars, so be sure to tune in on FOX Sports Florida all year long for must-watch episodes of “Marlins Clubhouse.”
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