MLB Network host Brian Kenny, NYIT Class of '85, to headline Feb. 26 First-Pitch Dinner

MLB Network host Brian Kenny, NYIT Class of '85, to headline Feb. 26 First-Pitch Dinner

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — MLB Network star Brian Kenny is coming home to NYIT for the annual First-Pitch Dinner that launches the baseball and softball seasons.

Kenny, a magna cum laude graduate of NYIT in 1985, will serve as the keynote speaker at the event on Monday, Feb. 26, at Jericho Terrace in Mineola.

"Baseball was always big on campus in Old Westbury back in the old days when I was roaming the campus as an undergrad and as a reporter for LI News tonight," Kenny said. "It was always a point of pride on campus."


Kenny's duties at MLB Network include hosting the analytics-focused panel program MLB Now as well as the network's special-event coverage and the Emmy Award-winning show, MLB Tonight. He also is the author of Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution (Simon & Schuster, 2016).

On MLB Now, Kenny hosts a one-hour live daily panel discussion that covers breaking news and the latest trends in the game, with perspectives from baseball journalists, sabermetricians, broadcasters and current and former players and managers.

Kenny arrived at MLB Network from ESPN, where he anchored the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter. He also hosted the Brian Kenny Show on ESPN Radio and Friday Night Fights on ESPN2. He previously served as an ESPN anchor for Baseball Tonight, and received a Sports Emmy Award in 2003.

Kenny called play-by-play for ESPN's Wednesday Night Baseball and the World Baseball Classic, and hosted ESPN's coverage of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown.

Kenny was named "Media Personality of the Year" by in 2004, and in 2005 he was the recipient of the Sam Taub Award, given by the Boxing Writers Association of America to the Boxing Broadcaster of the Year. He even appeared as himself in the 2006 film "Rocky Balboa," in the 2007 film "Resurrecting the Champ," and in the IFC series "Brockmire" in 2017.

Before joining ESPN, Kenny served as sports director at WTZA-TV in Kingston for 11 years. While at the station, he won 11 New York State Broadcasters Association Awards and five Associated Press Awards for Journalistic Excellence. In 1985 and '86, he was a news reporter, then sports anchor at WLIG-TV in Riverhead on Long Island.