MLB Media Notes: AP Initially Reported Braun's Suspension Had Been Upheld
The AP erroneously reported Brewers LF Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension had been upheld by an arbitrator before changing the copy to properly reflect Braun’s successful appeal. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt tweeted, “I've been told AP is reporting Braun lost his appeal. Believe me, Braun won.” Milwaukee-based WTMJ-NBC tweeted, “AP called our Newsroom, said typo on Braun announcement.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold tweeted, “Kudos to @Haudricourt who not only broke the Braun story but stood with his reporting when other outlets reported the opposite. (Applause)” (TWITTER.com, 2/23).
BREWING SOMETHING UP: In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley noted FS Wisconsin is "scheduled to televise 150 of the 162 Brewers games in the regular season." Of the 12 games "not on FS Wisconsin's schedule, six of them are Fox Sports' Saturday package of regional telecasts." That leaves six games "that currently are not scheduled to be carried on TV." No Brewers games "will air on WMLW-TV this season, a departure from recent years." Brian Anderson will return "as the play-by-play announcer and analyst Bill Schroeder enters his eighteenth season as a Brewers broadcaster" (JSONLINE.com, 2/23).
SAME OLD REDS: In Cincinnati, John Kiesewetter notes it is the "same old ballgame" for FS Ohio's 145-game Reds TV schedule this season. Broadcasters Thom Brennaman, Jim Kelch, Chris Welsh and Jeff Brantley "will share TV work, with an assist from George Grande again." No guest commentators "are scheduled, as Sean Casey was last season." Opening Day on April 5 again will be "simulcast on WKRC-CBS, so everyone with a TV can see it free over the air." The pregame show "Reds Live" also "returns with co-hosts Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro, and reporter Brian Giesenschlag" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/24).
CARRIAGE DISPUTE: In St. Louis, Dan Caesar notes the dispute between FS Midwest and AT&T that "kept 20 of FSM's 148 Cardinals telecasts off AT&T's U-verse system last year has not been settled, so as it stands another 20 games are in line to be blacked out this season." FS Midwest will end up with "approximately 150 Cards telecasts (depending on how many games are picked up by networks)," and FS Midwest Media Relations Manager Geoff Goldman said that the decision "on which 20 games would be withheld from U-verse has not been finalized." The "call is FSM's" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 2/24).