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12/10/2008 4:36 PM ET
MLB Network adds Victor Rojas to on-air talent lineup
Veteran Rangers broadcaster joins versatile studio roster
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SECAUCUS -- Veteran Texas Rangers broadcaster Victor Rojas has been added to MLB Network's roster of on-air talent, joining Matt Vasgersian, Al Leiter, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Trenni Kusnierek and Hazel Mae. Rojas will be a studio host on MLB Tonight, the live, nightly studio show that will be the signature program of the new network, and Hot Stove, a live, nightly off-season studio show. All of the on-air personalities will appear on both shows, as well as other programming across MLB Network, which will launch on Jan. 1, 2009, in approximately 50 million homes as the largest network debut in cable history.

"Victor brings added versatility to our growing roster of on-air talent," said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network. "Victor has been around baseball his entire life, and his experience with the Rangers as well as in the minor leagues as a player, broadcaster and even a GM make him a valuable addition to our studio team."

Rojas spent the past five seasons as a member of the Texas Rangers television and radio broadcast teams, providing both play by play as well as analysis. During the 2003 season, Rojas did radio play-by-play and analysis for Arizona Diamondbacks broadcasts. Prior to joining the Diamondbacks, Rojas spent two seasons doing television analysis and radio play-by-play for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League, where he was also hired as the team's Assistant General Manager before becoming General Manager. For the last two years Rojas served as the English television play-by-play broadcaster for the Caribbean World Series, shown on the YES network in 2006 from Venezuela and SNY network in 2007 from Puerto Rico. His father, former major league player and manager, Cookie Rojas provided color analysis both occasions. Rojas was a pitcher in the then, California Angels organization. He was on the Florida Marlins baseball staff in 1993 and served as pitching coach at Rio Grande in the Texas-Louisiana League in 1994. He played college baseball at the College of the Desert in Palm Springs, California, and Lewis-Clark State University in Lewiston, Idaho.

MLB Tonight will air live beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern until the final MLB game of the night ends between Monday and Saturday, and will be based out of MLB Network's headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey. The program will feature live look-ins of games in progress, updates, highlights, reporting and analysis. Hot Stove, will air during the off-season at 7 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday and feature news, reports, and analysis of the moves clubs are making and planning in preparation for the upcoming season.

Projected to launch in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes on Jan. 1, 2009, MLB Network will be the largest debut in cable television history, exceeding any other cable television launch by approximately 20 million. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network will be the ultimate television destination for baseball fans on television.

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