Grand Junction, CO – For the third consecutive year, the NJCAA will team up with Major League Baseball to broadcast the 2018 NJCAA DI Baseball World Series championship game live from Sam Suplizio Field on MLB.com. The championship game is set for June 1 and June 2 (if necessary game).
"The talent of our student-athletes will be on full display once again thanks to Major League Baseball," stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA Executive Director. "The partnership we have with the MLB to air our championship goes to show the high level of competition and the true baseball atmosphere that Grand Junction produces year in and year out. We look forward to our student-athletes excelling in front of an international audience."
The live broadcast will be featured in HD across all digital platforms and mobile devices. The 2018 production will once again be called by Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster Daron Sutton and former Wichita State head coach Gene Stephenson. Tom "Flash" Gordon, a three-time MLB All-Star and World Series champion, has been added to this year's team, along with MLB.com's Dani Wexelman as an in-game reporter.
The JUCO World Series has a storied history of featuring future MLB talent. Since 1985, more than 70 players that participated in the tournament have suited up for an MLB club, including 2015 National League MVP Bryce Harper (Southern Nevada – 2010), Cy Young Award winners Eric Gagne (Seminole State, Okla. – 1995) and Cliff Lee (Meridian, Miss. – 1998) in addition to two-time World Series champions Brandon Belt (San Jacinto, Texas - 2007) and John Lackey (Grayson County, Texas – 1999).
Along with the live MLB.com broadcasts of the national title games of this year's JUCO World Series, live video broadcasts of all games beginning May 26 to June 1/2 will be available on NJCAA TV (www.njcaatv.com) – the official digital video network of the NJCAA.