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MLB: 2011 MLB Picks

Here are my picks for the 2011 Major League Baseball season which begins today:

AL East Champs: Yankees
AL Central Champs: Twins
AL West Champs: Rangers
AL Wild Card: Red Sox

NL East Champs: Phillies
NL Central Champs: Reds
NL West Champs: Giants
NL Wild Card: Braves

World Series: Yankees vs Phillies

World Champions: Phillies

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For the first time since 2005, New York Yankees broadcasts on the YES Network are getting new graphics.

The HD graphics are being built in Chyron’s latest version of Lyric Pro 7.1 software to take full advantage of Lyric 3D capabilities and animation real-time rendering using their Chryon’s Hyper x3 machine (a type of Duet machine).

What’s unique about the new look is the extrusion function, which gives certain elements a 3-D look; i.e. highlighting a specific fact or player within a graphic; the extrusion draws attention to a specific factoid.

Pretty cool stuff. Pictures here.

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I know the Yankees are big everywhere. New York area? A given. Tampa, where their spring training takes place? Obvious choice. But Alaska? Apparently. Here are the list of the New York Yankees Radio Network Affiliates, with the flagship being WCBS-880AM in New York:

Station City State
KUDO (1080) ANCHORAGE AK
KASR (92.7 FM) CONWAY AR
WAVZ (1300) NEW HAVEN CT
WICC (600) BRIDGEPORT CT
WLAD (800) DANBURY CT
WPOP (1410) HARTFORD CT
WWCO (1240) WATERBURY CT
WMEN (640) WEST PALM BEACH FL
WQYK (1010) TAMPA FL
WWCN (770) ESTERO FL
KOTM (97.7 FM) OTTUMWA IA
WBRK (1340) PITTSFIELD MA
WSKW (1160) PORTLAND ME
WMFD (630) WILMINGTON NC
WTSN (1270) DOVER NH
KBAD (920) / KENO (1460) / KWWN (1100) LAS VEGAS NV
WABH (1380) BATH NY
WACK (1420) / WUUF (103.5 FM) NEWARK NY
WCSS (1490) AMSTERDAM NY
WDLC (1490) / WTSX (96.7 FM) PORT JERVIS NY
WELM (1410) ELMIRA NY
WENE (1430) BINGHAMTON NY
WENT (1340) GLOVERSVILLE NY
WHAM (1180) / WHTK (1280) ROCHESTER NY
WHEN (620) / WSYR (570) SYRACUSE NY
WIRY (1340) PLATTSBURGH NY
WJTN (formerly WKSN) (1240) JAMESTOWN NY
WKXP (94.3 FM) KINGSTON NY
WNER (790) WATERTOWN NY
WPDA (106.1 FM) JEFFERSON NY
WPIE (1160) TRUMANSBURG NY
WTLB (1310) / WRNY (1350) / WIXT (1230) UTICA / ROME NY
WTMM (104.5 FM) ALBANY / SCHENECTADY NY
WZAD (97.3 FM) WURTSBORO NY
WEEX (123O) / WYNS (1160) EASTON PA
WTTC (1550) TOWANDA PA
WVPO (840) / WILT (960) MOUNT POCANO PA
WWPA (1340) WILLIAMSPORT PA
WPRV (formerly WSKO) 790 AM EAST PROVIDENCE RI
WDVT (formerly WEBK) (94.5 FM) RUTLAND VT
WTSA (1450) BRATTLEBORO VT
WVMT (620) BURLINGTON VT

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The following quotes are from Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi. They are both crazy people when it comes to Joba Chamberlin. This is after Phil Hughes was named the Yanks’ 5th starter today:

“He’s a starter in the bullpen,” Cashman said in a telephone interview. “He can do both. He’s a starter who was just beaten out in the competition. That’s what we honestly believe, but we only had one spot.”

……..

“I think Joba could do either one, I really do,” Girardi said. “But right now we think Phil’s a little bit ahead of him as a starter.”

JUST LEAVE JOBA IN THE ‘PEN FOREVER!!!! PLEASE.

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Want to see the actual video of John Sterling calling the final out of the World Series last night?

You can WATCH it here.

Great job by the Yanks.

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I haven’t written much about the Yanks lately (keep starting Molina with Burnett, be careful with the bullpen, Girardi), but I had to write about this:

The New York Yankees announced today that they will open the Stadium Field Level and Great Hall to the public to watch the broadcast of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) Game 3 from Anaheim on Monday, October 19. The decision to open the Stadium was made after consultation with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

Turnstiles between Gates 4 and 6 will open at 3:30 p.m. for the 4:13 p.m. Game. Fans can watch the Game in the Great Hall or in the opened sections of the Field Level.

“We wanted to provide a place for our fans to come together to cheer for our team even if the game itself is taking place across the country,” said Hal Steinbrenner, Yankees Managing General Partner. “This is a way of saying thank you for their continued support.”

“I thank the New York Yankees for opening their amazing new Stadium to the community, and I hope that people from all over the city will come out to cheer for the Yankees and share in what’s sure to be a great night right here in The Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Food and concession stands will be open and available to fans. NYY Steak and Hard Rock Cafe will also be open.

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The Yankees and Cablevision are the first team-cable company partner to begin streaming games on the web. This stuff is complicated, and I know there are readers out there who are interested in this, so here are the details:

Major League Baseball announced Wednesday it will launch this July a landmark pair of in-market subscription products, including Yankees on YES, to deliver live games online within their respective home broadcast territories. Upon launch, these will be the only live in-market streaming products in professional sports to include games with local broadcast television deals.

“These agreements are an important part of our global effort to give fans greater access to our game,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “It is important that fans in local markets have portable flexibility to stay connected to their favorite team if they can’t be at the ballpark, and I believe this represents a significant step in that direction.”

MLB Advanced Media, LP (MLBAM), the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball, has entered into a partnership with the YES Network and Cablevision to provide eligible Cablevision customers throughout the Yankees home broadcasting territory with access to YES Network Yankees telecasts live on their computers. The offering, which will be implemented through an authentication process managed by Cablevision and MLBAM, will be available exclusively to Cablevision customers who subscribe to the Family Cable (expanded basic) level of television service and Optimum Online.

The Yankees on YES package, available for a one-time fee of $49.95 for the remainder of the season or $19.95 for any 30-day period, is scheduled to launch on Wednesday, July 8 at 8 p.m. (ET) with the YES Network’s Yankees-Twins broadcast. Beginning immediately, eligible Cablevision subscribers can review FAQs for the product and purchase Yankees on YES at Yankees.com, YESNetwork.com and Optimum.net.

Major League Baseball became the first professional sports league to make every game available online for out-of-market fans in 2003 and since that time has delivered over 250 million live video streams. It now is also the first to make this number of live games available online for fans living in a home team territory such as the Yankees.

A second in-market live game streaming product is expected to be announced the week of June 29.

For those that have further questions, there is an FAQ on the matter here.

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