MSG Network unveiled the latest installment of its three-time Emmy winning series The Lineup. The new series airs on eight consecutive nights beginning Sunday at 10, and focuses on the Best and Worst Deals in New York Baseball.
FishbowlNY attended a party at the MSG Network this week to usher in the miniseries.
Host Fran Healy, who won a ring with the Yankees in 1977, knows a thing or two about trades.
“If it’s a bad trade for the Yankees and they win the World Series, everybody forgets it,” Healy says. “Unfortunately, for the Mets they didn’t win that many World Series.”
Healy, the longtime MSG talent, is joined on the panel by future Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa, sports agent Scott Boras, and baseball historian Dave Kaplan.
“If you’re going to rate the Best and Worst of New York Baseball, you’re going to need a panel of experts, in fact you’re going to need a panel of real experts,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks, as he introduced the on-air team. ”And that’s exactly what The Lineup has to offer.”
Furthermore, a star-studded field helped shape the show’s content, with interviews involving Reggie Jackson, Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Tommy Lasorda, Ralph Kiner, and Lou Piniella, among others.
Each 30-minute episode offers five nominations for consideration in seven categories: Mets Best Trades, Yankees Best Trades, Worst Trades: Yankees and Mets, Yankees Best Free Agent, and Mets Best Free Agent.
Superagent Boras, is no stranger to the term free agent, and although he’s been seen numerous times on TV hawking his clients, this is his first time as a regular contributor. He couldn’t pass on the chance to work with his friend Healy and LaRussa.
“I thought that was something baseball-wise that would be an interesting project to do and get to spend time with Tony, [for whom] I’ve had a great respect with over the years,” Boras tells FishbowlNY. ”It worked out great. It was a lot of fun.”
The program airs each night following the Knicks or Rangers.