Baseball Tonight’s Sunday Night Baseball Takeover June 1 on ESPN


Baseball Tonight’s Sunday Night Baseball Takeover June 1 on ESPN

Seven Baseball Tonight Commentators to be Strategically Positioned throughout Dodger Stadium to Call Dodgers-Pirates in Unique Experience for Viewers

ESPN will present a unique experience for viewers this weekend on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell – the exclusive, national Major League Baseball game of the week – as the Pittsburgh Pirates visit the Los  Angeles Dodgers, June 1, at 8 p.m. ET. Baseball Tonight will “take over” Sunday Night Baseball, immediately following the Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown on-site pre-game show at 7 p.m.

How it will work

Karl Ravech and Baseball Hall of Famer and analyst Barry Larkin will be on site for Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown from just outside of Dodger Stadium. After the show, Ravech and Larkin will head to the Sunday Night Baseball booth inside the stadium where they will lead a team of seven Baseball Tonight commentators who will collectively call the action from various locations throughout Dodger Stadium.

ESPN’s regular Sunday Night Baseball booth – Dan Shulman and John Kruk – has the week off. Regular Sunday Night Baseball reporter Buster Olney will be part of the seven-person team at Dodger Stadium.

Baseball Tonight commentator Dodger Stadium location Analysis specialty
Karl Ravech Sunday Night Baseball television booth Overall, team lead
Barry Larkin Sunday Night Baseball television booth Overall, team lead
Buster Olney Press box News and information
Eric Wedge Behind Home plate Big-picture strategy
Mark Mulder Pirates dugout Pitching
Aaron Boone Dodgers’ dugout Offense
Doug Glanville Right Field Pavilion Defense

Mike McQuade, vice-president, production:

“We are committed to expanding our Major League Baseball coverage by finding new methods of informing and entertaining fans. We’ll look to bring viewers closer to the game through the vantage points of our Baseball Tonight experts, who will be strategically placed in positions where they can capture all of the storylines happening during a baseball game.”

ESPN, in its 25th Major League Baseball season, has provided viewers with several unique experiences so far this season, including Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown celebrity appearances and game commentators in non-traditional broadcast locations.

Sunday Night Baseball is also available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and WatchESPN.

Upcoming Sunday Night Baseball schedule

Date Game
June 1 Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers
June 8 Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
June 15 TBD
June 29 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
July 13 New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
July 20 Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals
Aug 3 New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox


Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected] (@Ben_ESPN);

Kristen Hudak at 860-766-2006 or [email protected] (@KristenESPN).

Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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