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MLB Network is going to cover the living hell out of the Hall of Fame vote announcement

Jan 3, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

Barry Larkin

The “Powell doctrine” mandates the use of overwhelming and decisive force in order to achieve the stated objective. Based on the press release I got a few minutes ago, MLB Network adheres to that doctrine when it comes to coverage of the Hall of Fame vote announcement on Monday:

The results of the 2012 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot will be announced on MLB Network and simulcast on on Monday, January 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET as part of a two-hour announcement show … coverage will include interviews with any electees and be anchored by Matt Vasgersian with MLB Network’s Bob Costas, Greg Amsinger, Brian Kenny and Harold Reynolds, Hall of Fame award-winning baseball writer Peter Gammons, and Hall of Fame voters Jon Heyman, Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci. Hall of Fame coverage and reaction will continue on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk and Hot Stove starting at 5:00 p.m. ET.

That’s a good three total hours of coverage with no fewer than nine talking heads.  All to handle the induction of what will likely be one person, Barry Larkin.  Who, if MLB Network is serious about its business, won’t himself be allowed to talk given that he’s employed by rival ESPN on “Baseball Tonight.”

Not that any of this is criticism. I love baseball and there’s so damn little of it right now. My cable company is awful and doesn’t carry MLB Network, but if it did I’d have it locked in there all day.  If for no other reason than they’ll be showing lots of Barry Larkin highlights, and I miss him a lot.

  1. nategearhart - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    There’s gonna be a LOT of egg-covered faces if the BBWAA end up not voting anybody in, which is completely possible.

    • JBerardi - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      I dunno. I wouldn’t mind hearing Gammons, Kenny, etc rip the BBWAA apart for a few hours. Hell, if no one gets voted in, the Harold Reynolds meltdown alone will be worth the price of admission.

      Seriously, the more daylight that gets shined on the BBWAA’s horrible voting system, the better.

  2. goldstar4robotboy - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    No love for Cap Weinberger? The Powell Doctrine is just Cap’s ideas, but presented with a war on the horizon.

    • JBerardi - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      So can we assume this MLB special presentation will run about ten years long and cost the network a couple trillion dollars to produce? That is gonna suck for them.

  3. sdelmonte - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    There will probably also be Ron Santo highlights. At least I hope so.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    What else can they cover that’s currently happening? It’s January 3rd.

    As long as Amsinger hosts it, I’ll stay tuned. That guys’s great.

    • thefalcon123 - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      They could air a special to one of the greatest, under appreciated walk-off plays of all time.

      • skeleteeth - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        Wonder if Lankford got any death threats for that hit.

      • cur68 - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        Daulton was blocking the plate without the ball. Lank had no choice. Anyone that knocks Darren Daulton on his a$$ thoroughly deserves special recognition, not death threats (this concludes my Philly’s Trolling for the day, thank you).

        PS: Ray Lankford for the HOF, baby!

      • JBerardi - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        January third, and I just saw something happen in a baseball game that I’ve never seen before. Awesome.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        That mullet on Daulton undoubtedly saved him from further injury by padding the back of his head. MLB should mandate all catchers grow mullets.


  5. alfreddigs - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I thought the Powell Doctrine had something to do with going to an O’s game and stuffing your face with ribs.

    • JBerardi - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      Alright, now we’re getting somewhere with this doctrine crap.

  6. thefalcon123 - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    “That’s a good three total hours of coverage with no fewer than nine talking heads. All to handle the induction of what will likely be one person, Barry Larkin. ”

    You know what…I’m fine with that. I think being inducted into the hall of fame makes you worthy of 3 hours of straight airtime in the offseason. And I’m sure Reds fans will love to watch it.

    • natstowngreg - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      60 minutes for Larkin, 75 minutes for the guys who weren’t elected, 30 minutes for Ron Santo, 15 minutes combined for Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun (writer) and Tim McCarver (broadcaster).

      Yes, Tim McCarver is being inducted as a broadcaster. Turn down the sound when they’re discussing him, if it will help.

  7. grybrd - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Change the hall of fame voting criteria!

  8. scatterbrian - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Hopefully they use the time to point out the absolutely worthy credentials/glaring snubs of Bagwell, Raines and Trammell…

  9. alexo0 - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    You could take the title of this post and substitute ‘HardballTalk’ in for ‘MLB Network’.

  10. fatass5 - Jan 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Lets ask what hall of fame beat writer Bill Conlin has to say on the voting

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