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Twins baseball will be live on ESPN this week

Just not the Twins we want

South Korea v Chinese Taipei - WBSC Premier 12: Super Round
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No, not the Minnesota Twins.

ESPN just announced an agreement with KBO officials to televise six games per week from the Korean league. The upshot of this is live baseball will be on your TV.

South Korea, famously, has been able to contain the coronavirus pandemic to a much greater extent than most nations, and is able to launch a modified version of live baseball this week. While there may not be spectators in the stands, you’ll be able to watch some of the games live.

The agreement is for a package of six games per week, airing Tuesday-Sunday on ESPN2. Games will also be available on the ESPN app, and the Mothership will televise opening day. ESPN also gets the rights to air highlights from all KBO games, and will be providing coverage extending beyond the live games. ESPN will be picking the games on a weekly basis, I assume based off of who is doing well and/or ratings, as they don’t have Red Sox vs Yankees to default to. No word yet on if the games will be replayed at a decent hour here in the states.

ESPN will be using a variety of their baseball personalities to call the games from their own homes. This includes Karl Ravech, Jon Sciambi, Eduardo Perez, Jessica Mendoza and Kyle Peterson.

The LG Twins, who many of us are drawn to by name alone, are playing the Doosan Bears on Wednesday at 4:30 am Central; and the NC Dinos Saturday at 3 am Central and Sunday at Midnight Central. The only other team that makes an appearance in the first weekly schedule is the Samsung Lions.

Here is the full schedule:

The player in the KBO with the most notable Twins association is Byung Ho Park, who plays for the Kiwoom Heroes. Other players with Twins connections include Taylor Motter, who got into nine games with the 2018 Twins and also currently plays for the Kiwoom Heroes; and Drew Rucinski, who had two very forgettable outings for the 2017 Twins and currently pitches for the NC Dinos.


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