MLB International is a division of Major League Baseball primarily responsible for international broadcasts of games. In partnership with DirecTV and MLB Network, it produces and syndicates the All-Star Game, NLCS, ALCS, and the World Series, as well as the Caribbean Series, the Australian Baseball League Championship Series and the World Baseball Classic to broadcasters in over 200 countries, and the American Forces Network for U.S. military troops abroad. MLB International broadcasts content that shows baseball in a local context, e.g. sneaker shopping in Japan or baseball games in India, and explains concepts and rules of baseball to viewers who may not be familiar with the sport.


From until and again starting in 2010, Gary Thorne served as the play-by-play man for the World Series on Armed Forces Radio and MLB International. Dave O'Brien provided commentary for MLB International's coverage of the World Series from 2004 until 2009. O'Brien teamed with his usual ESPN partner Rick Sutcliffe on broadcasts of the World Series and the American League Championship Series for MLB International. From 1996 to 2002, and since 2010-2014, MLB International broadcasts the League Championship Series alternately, with the American League Championship Series in even-numbered years and the National League Championship Series in odd-numbered years. Since 2015, production of the MLB International broadcasts has been assumed by the MLB Network. Matt Vasgersian (formerly of Fox and today part of ''ESPN Sunday Night Baseball'' in addition to the MLB Network, also current play-by-play television announcer for the Los Angeles Angels (AL) and former play-by-play television announcer for the San Diego Padres (NL)) has served as the play-by-play commentator; for the 2016 World Series onward, he was joined by Buck Martinez (play-by-play analyst of the Toronto Blue Jays for Sportsnet—which has carried the world feeds due to his involvement, and former color commentator for TBS) on color. Since 2018, with Matt now with ESPN part-time in addition to his MLB Network duties, Buck was joined for the All-Star Game duties by former ''Sunday Night Baseball'' voice Dan Shulman (who calls play-by-play on selected Blue Jays games on Sportsnet with Martinez on color).

Commentator pairings

* Dave O'Brien and Rick Sutcliffe (All-Star Game, ALCS and the World Series, 2004–2009) * Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (All-Star Game, League Championship Series and the World Series, 1996–2003) * Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe (All-Star Game, League Championship Series and the World Series, 2010–2014) * Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz (All-Star Game and the World Series, 2015) * Matt Vasgersian and Mark DeRosa (All-Star Game only, 2016) * Matt Vasgersian and Buck Martinez (All-Star Game, 2017, World Series, 2016–present) * Paul Severino and Joe Magrane (World Baseball Classic Pool A only, 2017) * Rich Waltz and Buck Martinez (World Baseball Classic Pools B and E only, 2017) * Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz, and Jon Morosi (World Baseball Classic Pools C, D and F, round robin, semifinal and championship games only, 2017) * Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez (All-Star Game only, 2018–present)

MLB International broadcasters

* Australia: ESPN Australia * New Zealand: ESPN Australia * Canada: Sportsnet (English), RDS, TVA Sports (French) * Caribbean: ESPN Caribbean * Europe: beIN Sports (France), ESPN Netherlands (Netherlands), Canal+ Deportes 2 (Spain), BT Sport ESPN (UK and Ireland), SPORT1 (Germany), Sport 5 (Israel), Viasat Sport East (Russia), Arena sport (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia), Viasat Sport (Sweden) * Japan: NHK, J Sports * South Korea: SPOTV * Latin America: Fox Sports Latinoamérica, RPC-TV, TV Max (Panama), Televisa (Mexico), Meridiano Televisión (Venezuela), RCN Televisión, Telecaribe, Win Sports (Colombia), ESPN Latin America, ESPN Brazil (Brazil) * Dominican Republic: CDN 37 and CDN SportsMax * Puerto Rico: WAPA-TV * Curaçao: Telecuraçao * North Africa and Middle East: beIN Sports, Fox Sports Middle East * Taiwan: CTS, ELTA TV, Videoland * United States: During Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, due to a power outage that affected a studio truck producing Fox's domestic coverage of the game, Fox temporarily switched to the MLB International feed of the game in order to restore coverage. The broadcast temporarily used the MLB International commentary, but was later overdubbed with Fox's broadcast team (led by Joe Buck) before the standard Fox Sports production was restored.

See also

*Major League Baseball International broadcasting *List of sports television broadcast contracts


External links

MLB International Broadcasting InformationMajor League Baseball International inks three new broadcast deals in advance of the 81st MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim
*[http://bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3399:mlb-all-star-game-to-be-broadcast-in-230-countries-and-territories-acound-the-globe&catid=57:television&Itemid=122 MLB All-Star Game to be Broadcast in 230 Countries and Territories Around the Globe]
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