Fox Sports World Español, the only 24-hour, Spanish-language sports network in the United States, has announced it will broadcast 30 games of the 2001 Major League Baseball postseason beginning with the Division Series on Tuesday, October 9 at 4:00 PM (ET). The entire postseason broadcast will be transmitted in Spanish for the first time ever in the United States and includes a pre-game show anchored from Fox Sports World Español's Los Angeles studio.
Announcing the postseason play-by-play on Fox Sports World Español will be Pepe Mantilla and Tito Fuentes. Pepe Mantilla and Tito Fuentes have teamed together to present several of Fox Sports World Español's baseball broadcasts including the Caribbean World Series and the recently completed season of the Mexican Summer Baseball League. As a former second baseman for the San Francisco Giants during the early 1970's, Tito Fuentes played alongside baseball luminaries Bobby Bonds, Willie McCovey and Juan Marichal. Fox Sports World Español is expected to announce additional commentators for the postseason broadcasts shortly.
"We are tremendously proud to be the first Spanish-language network in the United States to bring one of the nation's most highly anticipated sports championship series into millions of Spanish-speaking homes," said Larry Gillman, General Manager of Fox Sports World Español. "Furthermore, we are fortunate to have a tremendous line-up of talent that reflect our viewer's passion of sports and a devoted production group at the helm to make this possible."
Fox Sports World Español licensed its Spanish-language World Series and playoff rights from Fox Broadcasting Corporation, which had acquired them as part of its sweeping six-year renewal with Major League Baseball. FOX began its successful association with Major League Baseball in 1996, and will continue to hold telecast rights for select games of the Division Series and all the League Championship Series and World Series through the 2006 MLB campaign.