ESPN’s Jon Sciambi on calling KBO broadcasts: “Smile and have some fun”

We’ll probably find out this week if there will be a 2020 Major League Baseball season. On Sunday, the players’ union made a counter-proposal to team owners’ latest offer, which includes alternatives to the schedule (a 114-game season instead of 82 games), salaries (prorated, rather than reduced pay), and safety concerns (high-risk players can opt out). In the meantime, fans seeking a baseball fix have been able to get an early-morning (or late-night on the West Coast) taste of the game with ESPN’s broadcast of KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) play since early May. Telecasts have featured announcers and guests broadcasting remotely from home. Play-by-play announcers have included Karl Ravech, Jon “Boog” Sciambi, and Jason Benetti, with Eduardo Perez, Kyle Peterson, and Jessica Mendoza providing analysts. Among the guests joining the telecasts have been Eric Thames (who played in KBO from 2014 through 2016), ESPN writers Jeff Passan, Buster Olney and Joon Lee, and the Wall Street Journal‘s Jared Diamond.

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