Thought I’d share this press release from the MLB Network, in case you’d like to tune in for some pre-season play. The team from Venezuela will feature veteran-of-the-Reds-minor-league-organization, Jackson Melian.
Live coverage begins Tuesday, February 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET with Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic
SECAUCUS, N.J. – MLB Network today announced its broadcast schedule for the 52nd annual Caribbean World Series in Porlamar, Venezuela from February 2 through February 7, 2010. The event draws the region’s top talent as well as current MLB players, including San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim third baseman Freddy Sandoval and Kansas City Royals catcher Brayan Pena, who competed in the 2009 tournament. The countries participating in the 2010 tournament are Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
The telecast of the Caribbean World Series will mark the first live games telecast on MLB Network in 2010, with MLB Network’s Victor Rojas, Greg Amsinger, Mitch Williams and Dan Plesac calling each of the 12 games. In between games, MLB Network will air game Hot Stove, its live nightly studio show during the offseason, airing at 6:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
“MLB Network is proud to continue to be part of the Caribbean World Series,” said Tony Petitti, MLB Network President and CEO. “We’re excited to provide fans with live baseball as we prepare for Spring Training and the 2010 MLB season.”
“The Caribbean World Series showcases the region’s best in baseball and offers fans the opportunity to experience competitive international play. We are pleased that the tournament will continue to reach a broad audience of baseball fans through the MLB Network,” said Jim Kern, Cultiva Entertainment.
MLB Network’s live game schedule for the Caribbean World Series is as follows (all times Eastern):
|Feb. 2:||2:30p||Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic|
|7:30p||Mexico vs. Venezuela|
|Feb. 3:||3:30p||Dominican Republic vs. Mexico|
|7:30p||Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico|
|Feb. 4:||3:30p||Mexico vs. Puerto Rico|
|7:30p||Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic|
|Feb. 5:||3:30p||Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico|
|7:30p||Venezuela vs. Mexico|
|Feb. 6:||3:30p||Mexico vs. Dominican Republic|
|7:30p||Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela|
|Feb. 7:||3:30p||Puerto Rico vs. Mexico|
|7:30p||Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela|
Since 1949, the Caribbean World Series, a 12-game round robin tournament between the best teams from the region, 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.