MLB on Five
was a sports television programme on the British Five
Network featuring live coverage of Major League Baseball
games. It was usually broadcast on Sunday (going into Monday morning) and Wednesday nights (going into Thursday). The Sunday broadcasts usually began at around 1am BST
leading into the live Sunday Night Baseball
telecast, while the Wednesday programme began at various times and the game usually aired on a 1-2 hour delay. Five also provided live coverage of the All-Star Game
and World Series
. The show was presented by Jonny Gould
and EITHER David Lengel
or Josh Chetwynd
as analyst and produced by Erik Janssen. Mark Webster
, host of Five's NBA coverage, or former TSN
broadcaster Paul Romanuk sometimes presented instead.
Regular season game commentary was taken direct from ESPN
; All-Star Game and World Series broadcasts typically use the MLB international feed.
The studio show was known for its often irreverent nature.
1997 - 2001: The Beginning
The show first aired on Opening Day in 1997 with a game between the defending World Series champion New York Yankees
and the Seattle Mariners
. The show was initially part of the channel's Live & Dangerous late night sport strand. However, by the 1998 season it had been spun off and renamed MLB on Five. For its first year-and-a-half, the show was sponsored by Coors
Extra Gold, complete with break bumpers with the voice-over "Major League Baseball: a taste of real America in association with......