MLB Network today announced the broadcast schedule and announcing teams for its coverage of the Caribbean World Series, from February 2 through February 7, scheduled to be played in Mexicali, Mexico. The telecast of the Caribbean World Series will mark the first live games telecast on MLB Network, which launched on January 1, 2009.
MLB Network will televise a total of 12 games of the winter tournament, otherwise known as "La Serie del Caribe," and will also air game highlights, preview match-ups and provide extensive coverage as part of its studio show, Hot Stove. The on-air announcing teams will feature play-by-play by Uri Berenguer, a veteran of the Boston Red Sox Spanish language broadcast team, Tom McCarthy, the television play-by-play voice of the Philadelphia Phillies and Jose Mota, a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim broadcast team, with color commentary by Berenguer, MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac and Cookie Rojas, the Spanish language television analyst for the Florida Marlins. Berenguer and Rojas have both worked on Caribbean World Series broadcasts in previous years. Caribbean World Series on MLB Network: Schedule and Announcing Teams (all times ET):
|Mon., 2/2, 5:00pm||Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic||Mota & Rojas|
|Mon., 2/2, 10:00pm||Puerto Rico vs. Mexico||McCarthy & Berenguer|
|Tue., 2/3, 5:00pm||Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico||Mota & Rojas|
|Tue., 2/3, 9:00pm||Mexico vs. Venezuela||McCarthy & Berenguer|
|Wed., 2/4, 5:00pm||Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico||Mota & Rojas|
|Wed., 2/4, 9:00pm||Mexico vs. Dominican Republic||Berenguer & Plesac|
|Thu., 2/5, 5:00pm||Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela||Mota & Rojas|
|Thu., 2/5, 9:00pm||Mexico vs. Puerto Rico||McCarthy & Berenguer|
|Fri., 2/6, 5:00pm||Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic||Mota & Rojas|
|Fri., 2/6, 9:00pm||Venezuela vs. Mexico||McCarthy & Berenguer|
|Sat., 2/7, 5:00pm||Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela||Mota & Rojas|
|Sat., 2/7, 9:00pm||Dominican Republic vs. Mexico||Berenguer & Plesac|
"With Spring Training around the corner, we're all excited to see some live baseball, and the rich history of the Caribbean World Series makes it a perfect fit for MLB Network," said Tony Petitti, MLB Network President and CEO (see The Biz of Baseball interview with Petitti). "An international event featuring many Major League players and top prospects, the Caribbean World Series should help whet fans' appetites for next month's World Baseball Classic as well."
Since 1949, the Caribbean World Series, a 12-game round robin tournament between the best teams from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela, has crowned a champion within this group of nations, and has served as a platform to showcase the best competition of Winter League Baseball. Major League players who have participated in the Caribbean World Series include legends such as Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt and Fernando Valenzuela; and active Major League players such as Pedro Martinez, Rafael Furcal, Carlos Beltran, Ivan Rodriguez, and Miguel Cabrera, among others. The Caribbean World Series is sanctioned by Major League Baseball. Cultiva Entertainment is the exclusive agent for the Caribbean World Series.
Source: MLB Network
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