LADY AT THE BAT: Baseball Tonight vs MLB Tonight: Which Do You Prefer?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Baseball Tonight vs MLB Tonight: Which Do You Prefer?

MLB Network has been broadcasting for three months now. They started off with a bang: Don Larson's perfect game, Ken Burns's Baseball, in-studio player guests and on-air personalities like Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds.

ESPN began its "Baseball Tonight" programming for the 2009 season about a month ago. Their format is basically the same, save for the addition of Hall Of Famer Dave Winfield.

When I first heard about MLB Network I got very excited. Baseball 24 hours! I couldn't wait. I wondered if they would give "Baseball Tonight" a run for their money. On January 1st I was thinking they would. Now, I'm not so sure. I really enjoyed "Hot Stove Live" (or was it "Hot Stove Tonight?"). It was fun to see people talking baseball for extended periods of time in the middle of Winter, especially when ESPN was so busy with the NFL playoffs, the NBA, etc. "Thirty Clubs In Thirty Days" was okay, but a bit more serious than I'd expected it to be.

When "MLB Tonight" debuted I watched closely to see how it would distinguish itself from "Baseball Tonight." It didn't. Watching "MLB Tonight" is like watching "Meet The Press," in my opinion. It's too serious! "Baseball Tonight" is much more lively, much more fast-paced, and much more enjoyable.

I guess it's all a matter of preference. If you like hardcore baseball analysis, "MLB Tonight" is for you. But, if you're like me and prefer lots of highlights and soft analysis, "Baseball Tonight" is better.

How about you? Which do you prefer? Click on Cheers & Jeers below to leave your comments!


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