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01/13/09 11:36 AM EST

MLB Network to televise Caribbean World Series

Full live coverage to begin with 2009 winter championship

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- MLB Network announced today that it will televise live the 51st annual Caribbean World Series from February 2 through February 7, 2009 scheduled to be played in Mexicali, Mexico. The telecast of the Caribbean World Series will mark the first live games telecast on MLB Network.

In addition to televising 12 games of the winter tournament, otherwise known as "La Serie del Caribe," MLB Network will air game highlights and recaps of tournament play, preview match-ups and provide extensive coverage as part of its studio show "Hot Stove."

"MLB Network is proud to join the long, historic tradition of the Caribbean World Series," said Tony Petitti, MLB Network President and CEO. "We are excited to make this great international event available to a broad audience of baseball fans."

"The Caribbean World Series offers baseball fans the opportunity to experience competitive play combined with national pride. We are pleased that the tournament will reach its largest distribution ever through the MLB Network," said Sara Loarte, Cultiva Entertainment.

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.

MLB Network launched in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes on January 1, 2009 as the largest debut in cable television history, exceeding any other cable television launch by approximately 20 million. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.