ESPN to broadcast games from Korea

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Yonhap News Agency reports that ESPN and the Korea Baseball Organization has reached an agreement to broadcast KBO games. Pursuant to the deal, ESPN will air one game per day, beginning with tomorrow’s season opener between the Samsung Lions and the NC Dinos. The game will be broadcast live, at at 1AM Eastern Daylight time, 10PM Pacific Daylight time.

After the opener, one game will air each day, Tuesday through Sunday. The games will appear, according to ESPN, “generally on ESPN2 and on the ESPN App.” The telecasts will typically air at 5:30 Eastern Daylight time and Saturdays at 4AM Eastern Daylight time. Tomorrow’s game — and Sunday games — are day games, which will air at 1AM Eastern Daylight time. ESPN’s game selections will be made and announced on a week-to-week basis during the season. The deal includes the postseason and the Korea Series best-of-seven championship.

The broadcasts will be in English, with either Karl Ravech or Boog Sciambi doing play-by-play and Eduardo Perez, Kyle Peterson, or Jessica Mendoza handling analysis.

There will be no fans in attendance at the games. KBO is still endeavoring to play a full 144-game season despite starting six weeks late due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.