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Heidi Watney Headed to MLB Network

Almost a year ago to the day, we told you that NESN reporter Heidi Watney was on her way to becoming one of the first hires over at Time Warner SportsNet.

Watney never worked a minute covering the Los Angeles Lakers and mysteriously left the network in September (the Boston Globe discovered a theory as to why she left).

Well, the University of San Diego graduate has resurfaced with a new gig on the MLB Network as a studio host and reporter.

“I’m extremely excited to return to baseball by joining MLB Network’s on-air talent lineup. Baseball is a true passion of mine and I’m looking forward to covering all 30 MLB clubs 365 days a year,” said Watney in a statement.

She will make her MLB Network debut in January.

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Cubes: Check Out MLB Network’s Field of Dreams

In this episode of “Cubes,” we tour the headquarters of MLB Network. The impressive space, which is also home to MLB Productions, features multiple studios, a vast library of archival footage, and an indoor baseball field, complete with dugouts, stands, and a digital scoreboard. The place will be buzzing over the next few weeks as the network is set to air more than 150 hours of live coverage of the 2011 MLB postseason.

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Cubes: Check Out MLB Network’s Field of Dreams

In this episode of Cubes, we tour the headquarters of MLB Network. The impressive space, which is also home to MLB Productions, features multiple studios, a vast library of archival footage, and an indoor baseball field, complete with dugouts, stands, and a digital scoreboard. The place will be buzzing over the next few weeks as the network is set to air more than 150 hours of live coverage of the 2011 MLB postseason.

For more videos, check out Mediabistro.tv, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Sports Anchor Sam Ryan Set to Leave WCBS/Channel 2 for MLB Network

Sam Ryan came close to exiting WCBS/Channel 2 in August 2009. At that time, the brunette sportscaster, citing her need to put family first, was ready to leave Channel 2 but remain at CBS Sports on weekends.

Instead, WCBS management cajoled the personable Ryan to stay.

They reworked Ryan’s schedule to just three days at WCBS, giving her weekends free for other on-air duties at CBS College Sports. Otis Livingston picked up the other days. 

Now, the Daily News reports, there will be no 11th hour reprieve. Sources with knowledge of the situation confirm to FishbowlNY that Ryan is headed for the MLB Network as a host and reporter.

Ryan joined Channel 2 and CBS Sports in June 2006. Prior to that, she did extensive sideline reporting for ESPN, and ABC Sports, on their college football coverage, and occasionally appearing on Monday Night Football.

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Al Michaels and Bob Costas Team Up Friday Night Mets/Giants Game on MLB Network, SNY

For the first time, sportscasting giants Bob Costas and Al Michaels team up to call a baseball game.

Friday night, NBC Sports colleagues Costas and Michaels will join forces in the booth for the New York Mets at the San Francisco Giants on the MLB Network at 10 p.m.

Costas is the cable network’s signature personality hosting interview show Studio 42, along with providing occasional play-by-play for Thursday Night Baseball.

As for Michaels, this ends a 16-year void away from announcing baseball.

With the game blacked out in local markets, Major League Baseball is making sure everyone a chance to watch this historic pairing. They will appear on SNY (and Comcast SportsNet Bay) during the evening, alternating with home team announcers on the MLB Network.

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