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Don Mattingly Featured in Next ‘MLB Network Presents’ Documentary

‘Donnie Baseball’ premieres Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

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Don Mattingly retired as an active Major League Baseball player after the 1995 season. So it’s been 27 years since he’s taken the field with a glove or bat.

A generation of baseball fans only know Mattingly as a manager, leading the Los Angeles for five years and going into his seventh season as the Miami Marlins’ skipper. But an upcoming MLB Network documentary can remind longtime fans and inform younger viewers on what a great player he was, No. 23 for the New York Yankees.

MLB Network Presents: Donnie Baseball premieres Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Just before Opening Day on April 7, the documentary can provide an appetizer for the upcoming 2022 season and a dose of nostalgia for those who enjoyed watching Mattingly play.

Check out the trailer below:

As New York Post baseball columnist Joel Sherman notes in the trailer, Mattingly was the face of MLB — certainly the face of the Yankees — during the 1980s. For a four- to five-year span, he was one of the best hitters in baseball. In 1985, he won the American League Most Valuable Player award, batting .324 with a .939 OPS, 35 home runs, 48 doubles, and 145 RBI.

If only Mattingly played in a different decade, or his back allowed him to play longer, he might be even more highly regarded. His career unfortunately ended as the Yankees regained their standing as one of the top teams in baseball. They won the World Series in 1996, the year after Mattingly retired, and went on to win another four championships in the next 11 seasons.

Donnie Baseball also chronicles Mattingly’s battles with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who threatened to trade him. Mattingly played in an era when Steinbrenner was one of the most infamous figures in baseball, constantly firing managers, alienating star players, and interfering with how the roster was put together.

In addition to Mattingly being interviewed, former players, reporters, and broadcasters appearing in the documentary include George Brett, Wade Boggs, Mike Pagliarulo, Bernie Williams, Buck Showalter, Joe Torre, Michael Kay, and Suzyn Waldman.

MLB Network Presents: Donnie Baseball premieres Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m ET.

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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