ESPN Deportes to Air Exclusive Spanish-language Coverage of 2017 World Baseball Classic

ESPN Deportes

ESPN Deportes to Air Exclusive Spanish-language Coverage of 2017 World Baseball Classic

ESPN2 to Simulcast Spanish-language Final March 22

ESPN Deportes Radio to Broadcast 31 Games

Semifinals and Final on ESPN Radio

Coverage to feature up to 22 reporters from venues in Guadalajara, Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego, Seoul and Tokyo

ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language home of béisbol in the U.S., will provide comprehensive, multimedia coverage of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the premier global baseball competition, March 6 to 22.  The network will air up to 45 games, including up to 22 primetime windows. ESPN Deportes primetime coverage begins Monday, March 6 at 10 p.m. ET with first-round pool play featuring Israel vs. Chinese Taipei. Coverage will intensify Thursday, March 9 when defending champion Dominican Republic makes its debut against Canada at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Mexico vs. Italy at 9 p.m. ET. Coverage of the tournament will be featured on ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN (Spanish) and ESPN Radio (English). In addition, ESPN2 will simulcast the ESPN Deportes’ Spanish-language coverage of the Final, Wednesday, March 22, at 9 p.m. ET. MLB Network will air exclusive coverage of all the games in English and on an authenticated basis via


The 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will feature some of the game’s biggest stars, including Miguel Cabrera (Venezuela), Nolan Arenado (United States), Robinson Canó (Dominican Republic) and Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico). In total, 63 former All-Stars have stepped up to the plate to represent their countries.

ESPN Deportes will feature an All-Star talent team of commentators and analysts providing unmatched, daily and bilingual coverage, with at least 22 experts reporting from numerous locations. ESPN Deportes’ baseball experts will include Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo AlvarezGuillermo Celis, Eduardo Perez, Jorge Eduardo SanchezEitan Benezra, Fernando Alvarez, Carolina Guillén, Renato Bermudez, Carlos Nava, Jorge Morejón, Jose Francisco Rivera, Kenneth Garay, and Enrique Rojas. They will be joined by former MLB player and manager Ozzie Guillén, legendary pitchers Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez and Ismael Valdéz.   Pedro Gomez and Marly Rivera will serve as bilingual reporters for game coverage, SportsCenter, Nación ESPN on ESPN2 and Baseball Tonight.  

In an effort to rally fans behind national uniforms, ESPN Deportes has launched a marketing campaign featuring music from Latin Grammy winners ChocQuibTown. Titled “De Dónde Vengo Yo,” the song will serve as the network’s theme music for all World Baseball Classic-related content and marketing efforts.


  • ESPN will feature World Baseball Classic content across seven ESPN platforms: ESPN Deportes, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, and


  • ESPN Deportes will air up to 45 games, with up to 22 in primetime windows
  • ESPN2 will air a Spanish-language simulcast of ESPN Deportes’ coverage of the Final
  • Coverage of the first-round (March 6 – 12) will focus on Pool C and Pool D.
  • Marlins Park in Miami will host Pool C games and feature defending champion the Dominican Republic, Canada, Colombia and the United States
  • Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico will host Pool D and feature host Mexico, 2013 WBC runner-up Puerto Rico, Italy and Venezuela
  • ESPN Deportes’ coverage of the Second Round will focus on Pool F from Petco Park in San Diego March 14 – 18 and feature the winners and runners-up from Pool C and Pool D
  • ESPN Deportes will offer primetime coverage of marquee rivalries, including Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico, Friday on March 10 at 9 p.m. ET and the highly-anticipated clash between USA vs. Dominican Republic on Saturday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET
  • The semifinals and Final will feature all talent from Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles (March 20 – 22)

Studio Shows:

  • English- and Spanish-language content will air on SportsCenter, Nación ESPN on ESPN2, Béisbol Esta Noche and Baseball Tonight
  • A special edition of Béisbol Esta Noche, hosted by Carolina Guillén, Ozzie Guillén and Ismael Valdéz, will air for the semifinals and final March 20-22


  • and will feature a dedicated microsite for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, including previews of each team, GameCasts, BoxScores, Play-by-Play and recaps of the complete tournament
  • The ESPN App will contain a 2017 World Baseball Classic specific section, including score cells on both the ESPN and ESPN Deportes editions
  • Video highlights and recaps, including ESPN Deportes talent and special guests for the semifinals and Final
  • Team previews and breaking news from the World Baseball Classic
  • In-game commentary and ESPN App and ESPN Deportes App alerts around key matchups on digital and social
  • Tune-in and Watch link reminders on the ESPN Deportes App and social media accounts
  • Facebook Live with ESPN Deportes talents and players
  • Photo gallery recaps and press conference video coverage
  • Daily stories showcasing exclusive looks and behind-the-scenes
  • On-site social reporting from Miami and Los Angeles from the ESPN Deportes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts
  • will provide in-depth reports on the event by journalists onsite in Seoul, Tokyo, San Diego, Miami and Los Angeles


  • ESPN Deportes to broadcast a total of 31 games
  • ESPN Deportes Radio’ ZONA ESPN will focus on World Baseball Classic throughout the tournament
  • ESPN Radio to broadcast the semifinals and Final (March 20 – 22)

Detailed schedule below includes live events for Round 1 and Round 2:

Mon, March 6 4:30 a.m. Israel vs. Korea ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  10:00 p.m. Israel vs. Chinese Taipei ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Tue, March 7 4:30 a.m. Korea vs. Netherlands ESPN Deportes+
  5:00 a.m. Cuba vs. Japan ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  10:00 p.m. China vs. Cuba ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Wed, March 8 4:30 a.m. Chinese Taipei vs. Netherlands ESPN Deportes+
  5:00 a.m. Japan vs. Australia ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  10:00 p.m. Netherlands vs. Israel ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Thu, March 9 4:30 a.m. Korea vs. Chinese Taipei ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  5:00 a.m. Australia vs. China ESPN Deportes+
  6:00 p.m. Canada vs. Dominican Republic ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  9:00 p.m. Mexico vs. Italy ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  10:00 p.m. Australia vs. Cuba ESPN Deportes+
Fri, March 10 5:00 a.m. China vs. Japan ESPN Deportes+
  6:00 p.m. Colombia vs. United States ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  9:00 p.m. Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Sat, March 11 12:00 p.m. Colombia vs. Canada ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  3:00 p.m. Venezuela vs. Italy ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  6:30 p.m. United States vs. Dominican Republic ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. Mexico ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Sun, March 12 12:30 p.m. Dominican Republic vs. Colombia ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  3:30 p.m. Italy vs. Puerto Rico ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
7:00 p.m. Canada vs. United States ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
10:00 p.m. Mexico vs. Venezuela ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

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Ardi Dwornik

I oversee all facets of ESPN’s corporate communications for Combat Sports, ESPN Deportes and ESPN International in Brazil, the Caribbean and Latin America.