2009 WBC Tournament

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Originally written by GRL

The 2009 World Baseball Classic was the second in the series of tournaments that had begun in 2006.

In the United States, broadcast rights were split between ESPN and the MLB Network (the latter having just gone on the air at the start of the year).

In the first and second rounds, play was in pool format- in order to make aspects of these listings clearer, I have chosen to keep this division.

The current listings are based on a preliminary schedule- all and any corrections that can be made for these listings shall be much appreciated.

Finally, during the first round, many of these announcers were also scheduled to be aired as part of the World Feed for the WBC- all cases where announcers are known to have been scheduled to be part of the World Feed are noted (though corrections shall also be much appreciated).

And now, the listings:

First Round

Pool A- Tokyo, Japan

Thursday 3/5:

Japan-China, 4:30 AM, ESPN2. Jon Sciambi, Orestes Destrade (World Feed?)

Friday 3/6:

South Korea-Chinese Taipei, 4:30 AM, ESPN2. Jon Sciambi, Orestes Destrade (World Feed?)

China-Chinese Taipei, 10:30, ESPN2. Jon Sciambi, Orestes Destrade (World Feed?)

Saturday 3/7:

Japan-South Korea, 5:00 AM, ESPN2. Jon Sciambi, Orestes Destrade (World Feed?)

Sunday 3/8:

South Korea-China, 5:30 AM, ESPN2. Jon Sciambi, Orestes Destrade (World Feed?)

Monday 3/9:

South Korea-Japan, 5:30 AM, ESPN2. Jon Sciambi, Orestes Destrade (World Feed?)

Pool B- Mexico City, Mexico

Sunday 3/8:

Cuba-South Africa, 3, MLB Network. Charley Steiner, Jose Mota (World Feed)

Australia-Mexico, 10, MLB Network. Charley Steiner, Jose Mota (World Feed)

Monday 3/9:

Mexico-South Africa, 10, MLB Network. Charley Steiner, Jose Mota (World Feed)

Tuesday 3/10:

Cuba-Australia, 10, MLB Network. Charley Steiner, Jose Mota (World Feed)

Wednesday 3/11:

Mexico-Australia, 10, MLB Network. Charley Steiner, Jose Mota (World Feed)

Thursday 3/12:

Cuba-Mexico, 9, MLB Network. Charley Steiner, Jose Mota (World Feed)

Pool C- Toronto, Canada

Saturday 3/7:

United States-Canada, 2, ESPN. Dave O'Brien, Rick Sutcliffe, Dave Amber (World Feed?)

Venezuela-Italy, 8, MLB Network. Victor Rojas, Joe Magrane (World Feed?)

Sunday 3/8:

United States-Venezuela, 8, ESPN. Dave O'Brien, Rick Sutcliffe, Dave Amber (World Feed?)

Monday 3/9:

Italy-Canada, 6:30, MLB Network. Victor Rojas, Joe Magrane (World Feed?)

Tuesday 3/10:

Venezuela-Italy, 5, ESPN2. Dave O'Brien, Rick Sutcliffe, Dave Amber (World Feed?)

Wednesday 3/11:

Venezuela-United States, 6:30, MLB Network. Victor Rojas, Joe Magrane (World Feed?)

Pool D- San Juan, Puerto Rico

Saturday 3/7:

Netherlands-Dominican Republic, 11 AM, ESPN2. Gary Thorne, Steve Phillips, Pedro Gomez

Puerto Rico-Panama, 5, ESPN. Gary Thorne, Steve Phillips, Pedro Gomez

Sunday 3/8:

Dominican Republic-Panama, 4:30, ESPN. Gary Thorne, Steve Phillips, Pedro Gomez

Monday 3/9:

Puerto Rico-Netherlands, 6:30, MLB Network. Rich Waltz, Jim Kaat (World Feed)

Tuesday 3/10:

Netherlands-Dominican Republic, 6:30, MLB Network. Rich Waltz, Jim Kaat (World Feed)

Wednesday 3/11:

Puerto Rico-Netherlands, 5, ESPN2. Gary Thorne, Steve Phillips, Pedro Gomez

Round 2:

Pool 1- San Diego, California

Sunday 3/15:

Japan-Cuba, 4, ESPN2. Gary Thorne, Steve Phillips, Orel Hershiser, Orestes Destrade

South Korea-Mexico, 11, ESPN2. Gary Thorne, Steve Phillips, Orel Hershiser, Orestes Destrade

Monday 3/16:

Cuba-Mexico, 11, ESPN2. Dan Shulman, Steve Phillips, Orel Hershiser

Tuesday 3/17:

South Korea-Japan, 11, MLB Network. Gary Thorne, Jose Mota (World Feed)

Wednesday 3/18:

Japan-Cuba, 11, ESPN2. Dan Shulman, Steve Phillips, Orel Hershiser, Orestes Destrade

Thursday 3/19:

Japan-South Korea, 9, ESPN. Dan Shulman, Steve Phillips, Orel Hershiser, Orestes Destrade

Pool 2- Miami, Florida:

Saturday 3/14:

Venezuela-Netherlands, 1, MLB Network. Matt Vasgersian, Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds

Puerto Rico-United States, 8, MLB Network. Matt Vasgersian, Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds

Sunday 3/15:

United States-Netherlands, 7:30, ESPN2. Dave O'Brien, Rick Sutcliffe, Dave Amber

Monday 3/16:

Venezuela-Puerto Rico, 8, ESPN. Dave O'Brien, Rick Sutcliffe

Tuesday 3/17:

United States-Puerto Rico, 7, MLB Network. Matt Vasgersian, Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds

Wednesday 3/18:

Venezuela-United States, 7, MLB Network. Matt Vasgersian, Al Leiter, Harold Reynolds

Finals- Los Angeles, California:

Saturday 3/21:

South Korea-Venezuela, 9, ESPN. Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, Steve Phillips, Pedro Gomez

Sunday 3/22:

Japan-United States, 8, ESPN. Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, Steve Phillips, Pedro Gomez

Monday 3/23:

Japan-South Korea, 9:30, ESPN. Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, Steve Phillips, Pedro Gomez