MLB International is a division of Major League Baseball primarily responsible for international broadcasts of games. Prominently, 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.
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 1996–2002, 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, Matt Vasgersian (formerly of Fox and today part of ESPN in addition to the MLB Network, also former play-by-play radio announcer for the San Diego Padres) has served as the play-by-play commentator; for the 2016 World Series onward, he was joined by Buck Martinez (television play-by-play of the Toronto Blue Jays, and former color commentator for TBS) on color. The current pairing is similar to those of the World Series radio and TV broadcasts of the 1940s and 1950s, with the two each representing the leagues they announce for - Matt for the National League and Buck for the American League.
Beginning in 2009, the MLB International graphics for game broadcasts of the All-Star Game and the World Series (previously the ALCS and NLCS alternately) have mirrored those used in the game broadcasts on MLB Network, the league's US cable television outlet, and uses the musical soundtrack and cues from these.
- 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 broadcastersEdit
- Worldwide: Fox Networks Group
- Asia: Fox Sports Asia (Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong), Star Sports Network (Indian Subcontinent)
- Australia: ESPN Australia
- New Zealand: ESPN Australia
- Canada: Sportsnet (English), RDS, TVA Sports (French)
- Caribbean: ESPN Caribbean
- China: Liaoning Television, Tianjin TV, Shenzhen TV, North Interactive TV, Shaanxi Television, Jiangsu TV
- Europe: beIN Sports (France), Fox Sports International (Netherlands), Canal+ Deportes 2 (Spain), BT Sport ESPN (UK and Ireland), SPORT1 (Germany), Sport 5 (Israel), Viasat Sport East (Russia), Fox Sports Türkiye (Turkey), Arena sport (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia)
- Japan: NHK, J Sports
- South Korea: MBC, Spo TV, MBC Sports+, JTBC3 Fox Sports
- 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: FTV
- 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.
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- Major League Baseball International TV Coverage
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- "Sportsnet touts four million viewers for Jays vs. Orioles matchup". Retrieved 11 October 2016.
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- MLB International Broadcasting Information
- Major League Baseball International inks three new broadcast deals in advance of the 81st MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim
- MASN's Gary Thorne Named Play-by-Play Voice for Major League Baseball's International Broadcast of the ALCS and World Series
- MLB All-Star Game to be Broadcast in 230 Countries and Territories Around the Globe
- MLB International Delivers Pure Baseball to World Audience
- MLB International to broadcast Series