Major League Baseball National Reporter
Marly Rivera is a multi-platform and bilingual writer and reporter, providing in-depth coverage of all major sports in New York for over 15 years, with a focus on Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees.
Rivera writes for ESPN.com, serves as a reporter for ESPN’s national weeknight MLB game telecasts and studio programming and is a regular contributor to various ESPN Radio shows and podcasts. She also remains part of ESPN’s international programming.
Rivera’s extensive connections and access to players and teams makes her an asset to ESPN’s baseball coverage. At ESPN, Rivera has covered a variety of MLB events that include the historic 2016 exhibition game in Havana, Cuba, and the 2015 “Roberto Clemente Day” as field reporter for Wednesday Night Baseball.
The 2018 ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball game in Rivera’s hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico, holds a particularly special place in her heart. “I have been privileged to have the opportunity to cover countless extraordinary sporting events at ESPN,” she said, “but one of the most significant ones for me was being the field reporter for the Twins-Indians game broadcast live from Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, just six months after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. While my home country, including my family, was still struggling with damaged homes and months with no electricity, it was an honor to bring much needed joy to my beautiful Island.”
In her time at ESPN, Rivera has served as a guest contributor for Béisbol Esta Noche, Sunday Night Baseball, First Take, and SportsCenter in both English and Spanish, in addition to contributions on Outside the Lines and ESPN The Magazine. In addition, Rivera was a color commentator for ESPN Deportes Radio’s broadcast of the MLB All Star Game, Playoffs and World Series, and provided commentary for the Home Run Derby in 2019. She also co-hosted, alongside Max Bretos, the Max y Marly podcast, the first bilingual podcast on ESPN Radio serving sports fans in English and Spanish.
In September 2016, Rivera’s role expanded to television as the co-host of Nación ESPN, an interactive sports talk show dedicated to covering the most relevant sports news and information tailored to young, bilingual U.S. Hispanic sports fans.
Prior to joining ESPN in 2011 as a general sports writer, Rivera was an editorial producer and writer for Major League Baseball Advanced Media and a reporter and editor for Univision Communications.
Rivera, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, is one of the few women national writers in the BBWAA, and the only Latina.