On Thursday, June 19, the Charleston RiverDogs, the Single-A® affiliate of the New York Yankees will host the Kannapolis Intimidators in the Minor League Baseball™ Game of the Week on CBS Sports Network at 7:05 p.m. The RiverDogs have been selected as one of 15 MiLB™ teams to host a nationally televised game this season as part of an agreement announced on May 1 between MiLB and CBS Sports Network. Highlights of the night will include a visit from the “Beach Queens,” featuring the eight honorees from the Queen of Folly Beach and Edisto Beach Pageant, as well as Budweiser Thirsty Thursday with $1 drafts and DJ Natty Heavy. Also, RiverDogs radio broadcaster Sean Houston will call the game from a treadmill behind home plate.
"We are excited to have the RiverDogs showcased on Minor League Baseball’s Game of the Week," said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. "Fans throughout the Lowcountry have enjoyed our unique promotions, our award-winning food and beverage options, along with the personalized experiences of the ‘Be Your Own Fan’ campaign. This is a great opportunity for the entire nation to see why Charleston is one of the top cities in the country while enjoying some RiverDogs baseball down at The Joe."
“We look forward to exposing even more fans to the excitement of Minor League Baseball, from top prospects working their way up to the major leagues to the fun and engaging elements our fans enjoy at our ballparks,” Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner, added.
This is the first time in MiLB’s 100 plus years of existence that multiple classifications of Minor League Baseball will be featured on a national TV broadcast. Fans tuning in to the Game of the Week broadcasts will see intrastate rivalries, an array of baseball’s top prospects and 15 unique team locations over the course of the season. A total of 28 MiLB teams are being featured, as well as eight different leagues and more than 20 Major League Baseball affiliations.
Dick Gabriel and Doug Flynn will anchor each week’s matchup. Gabriel, a three-time Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year, will be joined by Flynn, a two-time World Series Champion with the Cincinnati Reds and Gold Glove winner with the New York Mets. Lauren Gardner will serve as roving reporter.
“Since baseball began its first player draft in 1965, only 21 selections out of nearly 60,000 have advanced directly to Major League Baseball without first playing in Minor League Baseball,” said Michael Hand, Chief Marketing Officer for Minor League Baseball and President, MiLB Enterprises. “By televising our games to a national audience, MiLB can feature the next generation of stars at all classifications as they travel The Road to the Show.”
CBS Sports Network is available across the country to more than 99 million households through local cable, video and telco providers, and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.