Fox Sports World Español will provide, complete live televised coverage of the 53rd Caribbean World Series starting Saturday, February 2, 2002 at 4:30 PM (ET). 2001 champion Dominican Republic and second place winner Puerto Rico open this internationally celebrated baseball championship that also features competing national teams from Venezuela and Mexico. A half-hour pre-game show, hosted by Jose Tolentino and Fernando Gonzalez, will offer news, game highlights and analysis throughout the 7-day tournament. Viewers may recognize Gonzalez and Tolentino for their previous stint during last fall's Major League Baseball post-season carried on Fox Sports World Español.
This year's high-profile tournament, which originated in 1949 in Havana, Cuba, will take place at the Universitario de Caracas Stadium in Car-acas, Venezuela and may present an opportunity for the Venezuelan team to break their 12-year losing streak. The Dominican Republic has captured four Caribbean World Series titles in the last five years.
"U.S. baseball fans have watched a great influx of baseball talent emanating from the Caribbean baseball leagues", said Larry Gillman, General Manager of Fox Sports World Español. "The Caribbean World Series offers an early glimpse of future Hall of Famers and we are glad to present the Series once again".
Fox Sports World Español is the only 24-hour, Spanish-language sports network in the United States offering extensive baseball programming originating in Spanish throughout the year. The network's baseball schedule currently includes U.S. telecast rights to the popular Dominican and Venezuelan Leagues, as well as postseason games from Major League Baseball. In addition, the network also offers various international soccer leagues and popular competitions plus professional boxing, daily sports news and original productions tailored to Latino sports fans.
Fox Sports World Español is available through affiliated cable systems, and through DirecTV and Dish Network satellite providers.