After a year with no inductees, MLB Network is striking while the iron is hot during this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. This Sunday, MLB Network will devote the bulk of their day to the induction, with coverage starting at 11 AM.
At 11 AM, MLB Network’s coverage begins with the airing of Saturday’s Hall of Fame Awards Presentation, in which Roger Angell (J.G. Taylor Spink Award), Eric Nadel (Ford C. Frick Award), and Joe Garagiola (Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award) will be honored. A special edition of MLB Tonight will air at noon, featuring Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Peter Gammons, and John Smoltz, who was a teammate of inductees Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and played under manager inductees Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa. MLB Tonight also features interviews with all six inductees (the four I already mentioned, plus Frank Thomas and Joe Torre) conducted by Bob Costas.
The induction ceremony begins at 1:30, and will be streamed live on MLB.com and BaseballHall.org. In addition to the speeches by the six inductees, the introduction of 56 living Hall of Famers that will be in attendance will be aired. This is one of the coolest parts of the entire induction, and is a must-watch. I’ll give MLB Network credit for going all-in here.