MLB Network has always done a nice job highlighting baseball’s past, but tonight it’s airing a series of interviews about the game’s present. Rays manager Joe Maddon, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and Phillies infielders Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins will be featured in interviews beginning tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
Beyond the Game: Maddon, a 30-minute interview by Tom Verducci with Maddon, begins at 7. That’s followed at 7:30 by Beyond the Game: Teixeira, a sit-down interview between Harold Reynolds and Teixeira.
“What was intriguing about talking with Mark was how he comes off as so personable. I don’t think people really know Mark Teixeira and the purpose of this was so you could get to know him away from the game,” Reynolds said in a press release from the Network. “We got to talk with him about his childhood and, in particular, a journal he wrote when he was 12-years old that his parents shared with us. Even then, the way he looked up to Don Mattingly stood out.”
At 8, Howard and Rollins will be the guests for MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas. That interview was taped on May 25, with Howard and Rollins becoming the first current players featured on the show.
Associated Press photo of Teixeira.