Myrtle Beach Pelicans to make national TV debut Thursday on CBS Sports Network

June 30, 2014 

Myrtle Beach Pelicans' Chris Garia advances to third base in the game with the Potomac Nationals in Myrtle Beach on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / jblackmon@thesunnews.com

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On Thursday, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans will host the Winston-Salem Dash in Minor League Baseball’s Game of the Week on CBS Sports Network. It will be the first time in Pelicans history that the team will have a game broadcast on live national television.

First pitch is set for 8:05 p.m. and gates will open at 6 p.m.

“We’re incredibly excited to host the CBS Sports Network Game of the Week,” Pelicans Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich said in a press release. “The opportunity to showcase one of the most exciting prospect-laden franchises in Minor League Baseball against the backdrop of one of America’s premier family vacation destinations is a fantastic opportunity. Baseball in Myrtle Beach over the July Fourth holiday is true Americana.”

The Pelicans were selected as one of 15 minor league teams to host a nationally televised game this season as part of an agreement announced on May 1 between MiLB and CBS Sports Network and it’s the first time in MiLB’s 100-plus years of existence that multiple classifications of Minor League Baseball will be featured on a national TV broadcast. A total of 28 MiLB teams are being featured, as well as eight different leagues and more than 20 Major League Baseball affiliations.

“Since baseball began its first player draft in 1965, only 21 selections out of nearly 60,000 have advanced directly to Major League Baseball without first playing in Minor League Baseball,” said Michael Hand, Chief Marketing Officer for Minor League Baseball and President, MiLB Enterprises. “By televising our games to a national audience, MiLB can feature the next generation of stars at all classifications as they travel The Road to the Show.”

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