MLB.TV has revolutionized the way fans watch the game, bringing each season's 2,430 Major League games to computer screens worldwide.
But when it comes to watching baseball, too much is never enough. The Minor League season kicks off Thursday, and along with it comes a drastically improved and expanded version of MiLB.TV that will bring fans many of the Minors' top prospects, including a man named Harper.
This year, MiLB.TV includes each and every Triple-A team, giving fans nightly access to the top affiliates of all 30 Major League clubs. Spread throughout this nationwide smorgasbord are some of baseball's most buzzed-about prospects, including Eric Hosmer and Mike Montgomery of the newly rechristened Royals affiliate, the Omaha Storm Chasers, and Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall of the Indians-affiliated Columbus Clippers. Meanwhile, in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the formidable battery of Andrew Brackman and Jesus Montero will give Yankees fans a sneak peek at likely Bronx-bound talent. And these examples represent just the tip of the iceberg.
Triple-A baseball forms the base of the MiLB.TV experience, but other levels of play will be available as well. Houston Astros fans are particularly well-served, as all home games of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks and Class A Lexington Legends are available. Meanwhile, Dodgers fans can keep tabs on the Class A Great Lakes Loons, competing out of northern Michigan.
But one of the undisputed shining lights of the MiLB.TV package are the Hagerstown Suns, the Washington Nationals' Class A affiliate. The Suns will be fielding none other than the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 Draft, Bryce Harper -- the most hyped and highly touted player in all of Minor League Baseball. Outside of making a trek to the ballpark, MiLB.TV represents your only chance to see the outfielder as he sets out on what is sure to be an eventful professional odyssey.
All told, MiLB.TV will bring provide fans with access to more than 2,000 games during the 2011 season, available live and on demand. And the video quality will be better than it has ever been, with the games streaming at the formidable speed of one MB per second. Such features make the season subscription of $29.99 one of the best bargains in all of baseball, and a $6.99 monthly rate is available for those who don't want to take the season-long plunge.
Perhaps best of all, MiLB.TV can be combined with an MLB.TV subscription for just $10, making it a near-essential complement to the daily thrills and chills delivered by Major League Baseball. That's approximately 4,500 games combined, or, for the more numerically inclined, more than 40,000 innings and 240,000 outs.
Get ready for a very eventful season, courtesy of MiLB.TV.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.