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TBS to be Exclusive Home of the National League Throughout 2015 MLB Postseason Beginning with N.L. Wild Card Game Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. ET

TBS will be the exclusive home of the National League throughout the 2015 MLB Postseason beginning with National League Wild Card Coverage on TBS Presented by Hankook Tire on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. ET when former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, dynamic right-hander Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates host rising stars Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, Cy Young contender Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs.  Sports Emmy Award winning commentator Ernie Johnson will provide play-by-play for the game with analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. and reporter Matt Winer.

Pregame coverage for the N.L. Wild Card will begin with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Chrysler show at 7:30 p.m. featuring Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, nine-time All-Star Gary Sheffield and three-time NL Manager of the Year Dusty Baker joining host Casey Stern.  The studio team will also offer postgame analysis via The Postseason Show on TBS presented by The Lincoln Motor Company.

The network’s exclusive National League Division Series (NLDS) coverage will begin Friday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m., with MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Chrysler.  At 6:30 p.m., the St. Louis Cardinals, owners of the best record in baseball, host the winner of the N.L. Wild Card Game, followed by aces Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers opening their series against Yoenis Cespedes, young hurlers Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets at 9:30 p.m.  Johnson will provide play-by-play for the Mets vs. Dodgers series with Darling, Ripken and reporter Sam RyanBrian Anderson will call the best-of-five Pirates/Cubs vs. Cardinals series with analysts Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson and Winer.  TBS’s NLDS coverage is presented by T-Mobile.

TBS will also exclusively televise the National League Championship Series (NLCS), scheduled to begin Saturday, Oct. 17, with Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.  NLCS coverage on TBS is presented by Exxon and Mobil.

Live streaming coverage of all MLB Postseason games airing on TBS will be available via www.tbs.com and the Watch TBS app.  Fans will be able to access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider.

The network’s MLB Postseason game coverage will include:

  • Live Vu – debuting during the NL Wild Card Game, the camera can send footage wirelessly from anywhere with an available wireless signal.  Live Vu will allow TBS to capture the sights and sounds from the road team’s city and incorporate that team’s fan base into the game telecast.
  • Newly Designed Broadcast Booth – this year’s broadcast booth at each ballpark will include a 40-inch monitor to allow viewers to see who and what the announcers are breaking down while they appear on camera.  The booth’s design elements match TBS’s Postseason graphics package and the booth will be utilized during Inside the Booth presented by Esurance segments.
  • Sony HDC-4300 Cameras – these super slow motion cameras will provide the viewer more angles of gripping super slow motion replays during key moments of the game.  These cameras are able to capture 1920 x 1080 high-definition images at a frame rate six times above normal.  Each TBS MLB Postseason game telecast will utilize five HDC-4300s (two more than 2014), with a sixth camera added for the NLCS.
  • Statcast powered by Amazon Web Services – a revolutionary tracking technology that measures the elements of on-field performance including, but not limited to, pitch spin rates, batted ball exit velocity and defensive route efficiency.
  • Player Microphones – during each NLCS game telecast, fans will feel part of the action, as they hear the sounds of the action from a player’s perspective, with added access and excitement via additional on-field microphones.
  • Pitch Trax presented by Chevrolet – the on-screen graphic will be used to show pitch location and type, while also illustrating other variables such as a swinging strike vs. being caught looking.  It is also be able to display a hitter’s batting history against a specific pitcher.

New virtual elements for the 2015 MLB Postseason studio shows will include:

  • Virtual Reality Ballpark Models – these 3D renderings are scale replicas of each NL Postseason team’s home ballpark.  Full 360-degree views from all vantage points are available, and cameras can zoom in to profile specific ballpark nuances while analysts break down strategy, execution and plays unique to each stadium.
  • Offensive and Defensive Information – defensive alignments and shifts, along with hitter spray charts, will be overlaid onto the virtual reality field renderings.  This information will help fans visualize a team’s defensive strategy against certain hitters, based on their batted ball data.
  • Virtual Monitors – on-screen graphics will be able to show match-ups, single player or team information and sponsorship elements.  These non-intrusive overlays will appear on screen while keeping camera shots focused on the commentators at the studio desk.
  • NLCS On-Site Studio Shows – the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Chrysler and The Postseason Show on TBS presented by The Lincoln Motor Company will both air live on site during the NLCS.  The shows will be located in outfield positions in areas with exposure to fans, to incorporate the ballpark atmosphere into the telecast.

TBS’ MLB Postseason schedule through the National League Division Series:

Wed, Oct. 7

7:30 p.m. ET - MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Chrysler
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield and Dusty Baker (analysts)

8 p.m. - N.L. Wild Card Game: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

Postgame - The Postseason Show on TBS presented by The Lincoln Motor Company
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Baker

Fri, Oct. 9

6 p.m.- MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Chrysler
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Baker        

6:30 p.m. - NLDS: N.L. Wild Card Winner at St. Louis Cardinals (Game 1)
Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dennis Eckersley and Joe Simpson (analysts) with Winer (reporter)

9:30 p.m. - NLDS: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers (Game 1)
Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Sam Ryan (reporter)

Postgame - The Postseason Show on TBS presented by The Lincoln Motor Company
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Baker

Sat, Oct. 10

5 p.m. - MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Chrysler
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Baker

5:30 p.m. - NLDS: N.L. Wild Card Winner at Cardinals (Game 2)
Anderson, Eckersley and Simpson with Winer

9 p.m. - NLDS: Mets at Dodgers (Game 2)
Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Ryan

Postgame - The Postseason Show on TBS presented by The Lincoln Motor Company
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Baker

Mon, Oct. 12 (Times TBD)

MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Chrysler
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Baker

NLDS: Cardinals at N.L. Wild Card Winner (Game 3)
Anderson, Eckersley and Simpson with Winer

NLDS: Dodgers at Mets (Game 3)
Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Ryan

Postgame - The Postseason Show on TBS presented by The Lincoln Motor Company
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Baker

Tue, Oct. 13 (Times TBD)

MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Chrysler
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Baker

NLDS: Cardinals at N.L. Wild Card Winner (Game 4 – if necessary)
Anderson, Eckersley and Simpson with Winer

NLDS: Dodgers at Mets (Game 4 – if necessary)
Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Ryan

Postgame - The Postseason Show on TBS presented by The Lincoln Motor Company
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Baker

Thu, Oct. 15 (Times TBD)

MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Chrysler
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Baker

NLDS: N.L. Wild Card Winner at Cardinals (Game 5 – if necessary)
Anderson, Eckersley and Simpson with Winer

NLDS: Mets at Dodgers (Game 5 – if necessary)
Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Ryan

Postgame - The Postseason Show on TBS presented by The Lincoln Motor Company
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Baker

Postseason.TV Returns for 2015 MLB Postseason

In addition to its exclusive live game telecasts on TBS and live simulcast streaming on TBS.com and the Watch TBS app, Turner Sports and MLB Advanced Media will once again partner to provide fans with digital companion coverage via Postseason.TV.  Postseason.TV delivers baseball fans up to 10 live alternative camera angles and is available for every game televised by TBS during the MLB Postseason including the NL Wild Card game, NL Division Series and NL Championship Series.  Subscribers can customize their viewing experience by picking up to four different cameras simultaneously during live game action.  Fans can also exclusively watch live coverage of their team’s batting practice before each postseason game. Postseason.TV is accessible via desktop and mobile through MLB.com’s At Bat 15 app for supported iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

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Nate Smeltz, Turner Sports      (404) 827-4786                       nate.smeltz@turner.com
Jay Moskowitz, Turner Sports  (404) 885-2469                       jay.moskowitz@turner.com