We have a deal! By we, I mean that baseball-starved fans who live in the United States will be able to watch English-language broadcasts of regular season baseball thanks to an agreement between ESPN and the Korea Baseball Organization, whose Opening Day is Tuesday, May 5. Here’s the first-week schedule:
Yes, those hours are ungodly if you live on the East Coast, but if you have a TiVO or other DVR and can manage to avoid spoilers, it’s probably worth your trouble, assuming you’re already an ESPN subscriber. The deal covers the entire season, including the postseason and the best-of-seven Korea Series.The Worldwide Leader’s broadcasters will be coming at you remotely; they’re not in South Korea. It’s hardly a perfect set-up, but then what about this current situation in the pandemic is? Particularly with MLB’s opening a long ways off, I’ll take what I can get.
Here are some more details about the deal:
In anticipation of the KBO’s Opening Day, we’ve had a good amount of content on the league here recently:
Yes, it’s half a world away, but Happy Opening Day to those who plan to follow along starting tonight in the US!
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Brooklyn-based Jay Jaffe is a senior writer for FanGraphs, the author of The Cooperstown Casebook (Thomas Dunne Books, 2017) and the creator of the JAWS (Jaffe WAR Score) metric for Hall of Fame analysis. He founded the Futility Infielder website (2001), was a columnist for Baseball Prospectus (2005-2012) and a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated (2012-2018). He has been a recurring guest on MLB Network and a member of the BBWAA since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @jay_jaffe.
Finally. Looking forward to following some real baseball, and even some Quad-A / Former MLB players peppered in.