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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 20 October 2008 14:44

2008 World SeriesMajor League Baseball International will broadcast the Fall Classic in 13 languages to 229 countries and territories around the world. MLB International, which will utilize its own production team and facilities for the 2008 World Series telecasts, also will broadcast the 2008 World Series to nearly one million United States Armed Forces personnel stationed around the world and aboard U.S. Naval ships-at-sea via the Armed Forces Network as well as the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Along with MLB International’s broadcast of the World Series, there will be eight foreign broadcasters on hand to call the games live including television and radio broadcasters from the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Singapore and Venezuela. FOX Sports International and ESPN International will also call the action live from both sites.

Veteran broadcasters Dave O’Brien and Cy Young award winner and three-time All-Star Rick Sutcliffe will call the action for this year’s Fall Classic for MLB International. Sutcliffe has worked as a broadcaster for MLB International’s postseason telecasts since 2004, and serves as an ESPN Major League Baseball Analyst, appearing on Baseball Tonight since 1999 and Monday Night Baseball since 2002. O’Brien, who will broadcast his fifth postseason for MLB International, joined ESPN in 2002 as a play-by-play commentator where he currently works on MLB Monday telecasts.

"With nearly a third of Major League Baseball players on MLB Club rosters born outside of the United States, there is tremendous interest around the world in Major League Baseball, especially during the World Series," said Paul Archey, Senior Vice President, International Business Operations, Major League Baseball. "We are proud that we are able to showcase the Fall Classic to such a diverse international audience, as well as to the brave men and women of the United States and Canadian Armed Forces serving around the world.”

Source: MLB International

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