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MLB Home Plate
Mlb sm logo.png
Broadcast area  United States
 Canada
Branding MLB Home Plate
Slogan XM's 24/7 Major League Baseball Channel
Frequency XM 175
SR 210
First air date 2005
Format Sports Radio
Class Satellite Radio Station
Owner XM Satellite Radio
Website homeplate.xmradio.com

MLB Home Plate is a radio station on the XM Satellite Radio network that features Major League Baseball related talk shows, as well as archives and live reports.

MLB Home Plate launched in February 2005, as an incentive to entertain the new listeners who signed up for XM's Major League Baseball deal when the games were not on. MLB Home Plate is carried on XM channel 175, and was added to the "Best of XM" package on Sirius Satellite Radio on December 10, 2008, airing on channel 210.

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First season on the air

MLB Home Plate launched at the start of the Major League Baseball season in 2005, ready to entertain the new customers who bought XM to hear their favorite teams. It launched with a full lineup, and several guests immediately. On day one of broadcast, José Canseco made the claim to his former manager turned Home Plate host Kevin Kennedy that Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire took steroids during the 1998 Home Run Chase. XM Satellite Radio even put out a press release about the broadcast.[1] Around launch time, XM announced that they had signed Cal Ripken, Jr. to do a Saturday mid-morning show on Home Plate. The channel was aided throughout the season as XM's subscriber growth prediction exceeded what they expected, with retailers claiming that 15-17% of people who signed up for XM did it for baseball.

The end of the 2005 season was especially active as the satellite company carried both feeds of both teams during the post-season games, and 4 feeds per world series game (which included a promotion where XM gave out free Roady XTs to all who attended the first World Series 2005 game).

2006 and Beyond

At the beginning of MLB's second season on XM Radio, XM Radio Canada decided to add all 14 MLB Play-by-Play channels to their platform. Canada already carried Home Plate, and now they would carry the complete Major League Baseball package barring XM 174 (Spanish broadcasts). In exchange, they would produce channel 179 with some select exclusive content, and make that channel the home for all the Toronto Blue Jays home games. XM Canada also produced interviews for play on the other play-by-play channels when no games were being aired.

In late April 2006, DirecTV removed the MLB Home Plate channel from their lineup. DirecTV wanted to go completely music programming. Talk channel High Voltage was also removed, but put back on the lineup within a week due to fan response. DirecTV also claims that there is a rights issue brewing over the MLB audio broadcasts, but this has been debated. On 2008-03-29, Home Plate was added to XM Radio Online[2].

Personalities

  • Joe Castellano - Veteran broadcaster and former commentator for Westwood One and CBS Sports. He currently hosts MLB Live - Late Edition weeknights from 9 pm-12 am ET.
  • Rob Dibble - Former MLB pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. After 7 seasons, he turned to broadcasting, and added his commentary to such shows as The Best Damn Sports Show Period and Gameday on ESPNRadio. He now co-hosts The Show with Jody MacDonald, weekdays from 4-6 pm ET.
  • Jim Duquette - Former New York Mets general manager and Baltimore Orioles executive co-hosts Power Alley with Seth Everett, weekdays from 10 am-1 pm ET.
  • Kevin Kennedy - Former manager of the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers, and regular contributor to MLB's Game of the Week coverage. Now co-hosts Inside Pitch with Casey Stern, weekdays from 1-4 pm ET.
  • Buck Martinez - 17-year MLB catcher with the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays. He won an Emmy Award for Best Sports Special in 1995 for his work as an analyst on ESPN's telecast of the game in which Cal Ripken, Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played. On MLB Home Plate he co-hosts Baseball This Morning with Scott Graham, weekdays from 7-10 am ET. Martinez left Sirius XM at the end of 2008, then returned in March 2009.
  • Ed Randall - Randall's call-in show, Taking Baseball, airs Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am-12 pm ET.
  • Cal Ripken Jr. - Hall of Fame shortstop, Ripken played his entire 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. The baseball legend now hosts a weekly program exclusively on XM's MLB Home Plate 175, where all baseball topics are discussed. Joining Cal on the show will be his brother, fellow MLB veteran Billy Ripken.
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Former personalities

  • Jeff Erickson - The senior editor of RotoWire.com and winner of the 2007 AL Tout Wars fantasy baseball title hosted Fantasy Focus on XM from 2005 to 2008. John Sickels hosted the show on Fridays, when it is was often called Down on the Farm. Fantasy Focus moved to Blogtalkradio/RotoWire.
  • Mark Patrick - Former host of Mark Patrick on Sports on Fox Sports Radio. Mark has had a long radio career, including a stint at The Bob and Tom Show. With Buck Martinez, Patrick co-hosted Baseball This Morning exclusively on XM each morning from 6-9 a.m. ET until November 12, 2008. Patrick is no longer with Sirius XM.
  • Charley Steiner - Sportscaster for the Dodgers, and best known for his 15-year service on ESPN's SportsCenter. As the host of Baseball Beat, Steiner had six writers, authors, columnists, broadcasters, or celebrities as guests daily. Sirius XM ended the show in January 2009.[3]

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