Karl Ravech Starts His 25th Anniversary Season as a Leading Face of ESPN’s MLB Coverage
Tim Kurkjian Begins His 20th Anniversary Season as Pillar ESPN MLB Commentator
World Series Champions Mark Teixeira & David Ross Return as Signature Analysts
Adnan Virk, Eduardo Perez to Regularly Appear Throughout the Season
ESPN’s Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet makes its 2018 season debut on April 1 at a special start time of 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The show will precede ESPN’s exclusive telecast of the defending National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers hosting their rivals, the San Francisco Giants, on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell at 8:30 p.m. All Baseball Tonight shows will also be available on the ESPN App.
Karl Ravech, beginning his 25th anniversary season as a leading face of ESPN’s MLB coverage, returns as host of Baseball Tonight. Tim Kurkjian, returning for his 20th anniversary season as a pillar ESPN MLB commentator, will contribute reports and analysis throughout the season. Ravech and Kurkjian are among the longest-standing commentator duos on any sports property.
World Series Champions Mark Teixeira and David Ross will be back for their second season as the signature analysts on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown. Additionally, Adnan Virk will host several editions of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown, including the first show on April 1. In addition to his game assignments, ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez will make regular appearances on the show as well.
“Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown adds to the ‘big event’ feel of our Sunday coverage by featuring smart commentary, the most captivating highlights of the day, terrific access and star power,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president, programming and acquisitions. “It is the show of record for the sport and it enhances an already blockbuster evening of baseball across ESPN platforms, including ESPN, the ESPN App, ESPN Radio, and ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.”
Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown will generally air at 7 p.m. on ESPN in advance of Sunday Night Baseball at 8 p.m. and will include player and manager interviews as well as a breakdown of all the action from around the league. The show will also travel to the site of Sunday Night Baseball for several roadshows in 2018.
The Baseball Tonight – 2018 Preview Show, a one-hour special, will air on Wednesday, March 28, the night before Opening Day, at midnight on ESPN2. In addition, there will be multiple episodes throughout ESPN’s season-opening schedule (March 29-April 3). Full schedule details will be announced soon.