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Dan Plesac's list of MLB honors capped with an Emmy

2013-09-08T18:00:00Z 2013-09-10T19:47:13Z Dan Plesac's list of MLB honors capped with an EmmyAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
September 08, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

Pitching for six different major league teams in his 18-year career, Dan Plesac's vast collection of trophies, plaques and medals had its own area code.

The latest award for this 1980 Crown Point grad arrived quite unexpectedly, however.

"That's going to go somewhere special," Plesac said from Weehawken, N.J., where he now resides. "It's the one (award) I didn't win with my left arm."

The former closer and three-time American League All-Star is now the proud owner of an Emmy.

"We won the Best Daily Sports Programing Show for MLB Tonight. It's a pretty big deal," Plesac said. "It's the third time — but the first time they're giving individual Emmys."

Always a team player, Plesac had to credit his partners behind the microphone: Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds, Greg Amsinger, Paul Severino and Al Leiter.

"We all got Emmy trophies," Plesac said.

The awards were announced in mid-May but winners did not receive their statues until last Tuesday.

Plesac's popularity soared when he worked for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, co-hosting the Cubs pre and postgame shows from 2005 until the end of the 2008 season.

MLB then came calling and the Porter County resident couldn't say no.

"It was not an easy move for me to go out to the East Coast with two daughters (back home)," Plesac said. "I had to pick up and leave my family and friends.

"I didn't know anybody here. I was out of my comfort zone. The transition was very difficult for the first couple of years."

Today, it's heaven without the angels.

"I can't envision myself being anywhere but MLB," Plesac said. "If you love baseball, it's the best place to shop."

This is no 9-to-5 job during the season.

"I'm constantly checking out 30 teams, 1,000 players, and from the first pitch of spring training to the last out in the World Series, I'm basically on call," Plesac said.

From November through February, Plesac has every other week off and often makes a quick trip to the region to see daughters Madeline, 20, and Natalie, 18.

Then it's back to baseball, where team rosters and front offices are constantly changing.

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