On Tuesday morning, the weekly Miami New Times News released an investigative report that attached the names of several Major League Baseball players to Biogenesis, a recently closed anti-aging clinic that was revealed to be in the business of supplying banned substances from human growth hormone to testosterone to anabolic steroid. Among the names found in the lab’s records were New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Oakland A’s starting pitcher Bartolo Colon and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Nowhere to be found in any of the sourced records was American League Most Valuable Player, and the first hitter in 45 years to win his league’s Triple Crown, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers.

Nonetheless, such details didn’t stand in the way of Canada’s national television sports network, TSN, from televising a graphic that mistook Melky Cabrera for Miguel Cabrera during its 6:00 PM broadcast of Sports Centre. It’s an extraordinary embarrassment on multiple levels. In addition to Miguel’s being among the most¬†recognizable¬†faces that the game offers, it should be remembered that Melky signed a free agent contract this off season with the only Canadian team in the Major Leagues, a team with which a Canadian national television sports network might be somewhat familiar.

Image via @DHSpeedagon.

Comments (12)

  1. I only watch TSN in French, and only to watch the Canadiens. The rest of the time, fuck them.

  2. I’m surprised TSN didn’t take the opportunity to use a picture of Melky wearing a hat of the Roger’s owned Toronto Blue Jays for this story.

    That being said, my impression of TSN is they’ve invested all of the price of a cup of coffee in MLB.

    • Why would they invest in MLB? Rogers hoarded all the Jays games to provide content on their 18 Sportsnet channels, in between Bangladeshi cricket and Aussie Rules Koala Hunting.

  3. That’s why I don’t watch Sportscentre. It’s like they’re in this hoser vacuum. Sometimes I’ll be watching PTI at 5:30 and then catch the first part of SC before flipping the channel. It’s hilarious to see the PTI guys talk about top stories in the sports world and then hear Rod Smith lead with an analysis of Sidney Crosby’s stool samples. I can remember back 10-15 years ago when it was just as bad but we didn’t have much choice to get our sports news. I can remember sitting through 25 minutes of a 30 minute show just to hear the pre-game report for the Raptors. I’m happy that now I can change the channel, safe in the knowledge that I’ve already heard the most important topics through Twitter, etc..

    • I don’t even watch the highlight shows anymore. It used to be must-see-television, but like you said, I’ve already read or seen everything three hours before a Sports Centre or Connected broadcast.

  4. Hockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockeyhockey.

    I like hockey because TSN tells me I should.

  5. Unless you like hockey, there’s no point in watching Canadian sports tv. None.

  6. As far as baseball highlights go, the MLB.com game recaps trump anything TSN or Sportsnet have to offer on TV.

  7. TSN is part owner of NHL Network in Canada. When the original agreement of cross-ownership with the NHL was made public, a lot of us long-time sports fans questioned whether TSN’s journalistic integrity would be compromised.

    We also need to be mindful of the politics at play in this regard. CRTC via the federal Heritage Department see hockey as a vehicle to promote national unity in Canada. TSN executives realized long ago about the expectations associated with this policy.

    In exchange for said policy, one must reasonably assume the Heritage folks in Ottawa mandate CRTC to never allow ESPN into Canada. The cross-ownership agreement with ESPN guarantees it will always remain this way.

    The end result is what we see. A never ending barrage of hockey coverage at all levels of the sport. Along with CFL and curling. Which leads one to wonder why grant the TSN2 license? Probably a reward to TSN for being good-old boys who do as they are told.

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