10/20/08 2:52 PM ET
MLB International to broadcast Series
Fall Classic to be brought to 229 countries in 13 languages
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
Utilizing its own production team and facilities, MLB International will also broadcast the World Series to nearly one million United States Armed Forces personnel stationed throughout the world as well as aboard U.S. Naval ships-at-sea via the Armed Forces Network and the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.
In addition to MLB International's broadcasts, there will be eight foreign broadcasters on hand to call games live, including television and radio broadcasters from the Domincan Republic, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Singapore and Venezuela. FOX Sports International and ESPN International will also provide the action live.
Of course, international viewers can see every Major League broadcast via MLB.com's World Series International Package.
Veteran broadcasters Dave O'Brien and Cy Young Award winner and three-time All-Star Rick Sutcliffe will call the action for MLB International.
Sutcliffe has plenty of experience, having worked as a broadcaster for MLB International's postseason telecasts since 2004, and 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 and 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 for 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."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.