Press Release

Posted by Ben Cafardo on March 28, 2013

New ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Crew to Call Two MLB Season-Opening Games in Less Than 24 Hours

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New Monday Night Baseball Booth & Wednesday Night Baseball Rotating Booth to Debut Opening Day

ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning at MLB Fan Cave; First Take at NYC’s Hard Rock Cafe 

ESPN’s new Sunday Night Baseball team – Dan Shulman, John Kruk and Orel Hershiser with reporter Buster Olney – will debut on the exclusive national telecast of MLB Opening Night on Sunday, March 31, at 8 p.m. ET when the Texas Rangers visit the Houston Astros, in Houston’s American League debut. Immediately following the game, the ESPN crew will travel to Los Angeles to call their second game in less than 24 hours – the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 1, at 4 p.m.

New Monday Night Baseball Booth

ESPN’s new Monday Night Baseball crew – Dave O’Brien, Rick Sutcliffe and Aaron Boone with reporter Tim Kurkjian – will make their season debut Monday, April 1, when the New York Yankees host the Boston Red Sox at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The Monday Night Baseball crew will also provide commentary Wednesday, April 3, for the second game of the Red Sox-Yankees season-opening series on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

New Wednesday Night Baseball Rotating Booth

This season, ESPN will debut a new rotating Wednesday Night Baseball commentator lineup led by Sean McDonough, which will include a variety of play-by-play announcers and analysts from ESPN’s deep roster of MLB personalities. Commentators will be assigned to Wednesday Night Baseball telecasts based on a relevant connection to the game. On Opening Day, McDonough will team with analyst Mark Mulder and reporter Doug Glanville to call the Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

SportsCenter’s Steve Levy will provide play-by-play commentary for the St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks Opening Day game, April 1, at 10 p.m. on ESPN2. Levy will be joined by analyst Nomar Garciaparra and reporter Pedro Gomez.

On Opening Day, Mike & Mike in the Morning will air live on ESPN Radio and ESPN2 from the MLB Fan Cave in New York from 6-10 a.m. The popular morning program will also visit the Omni Dallas on Friday, April 5, and the Cubby Bear in Chicago on Monday, April 8, as part of an MLB Opening Day Tour.

First Take with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless will kick off the MLB season live from Hard Rock Café in New York City on Opening Day beginning at 10 a.m. on ESPN2.

Baseball Tonight

On Sunday, March 31, ESPN will air a special two-hour Baseball Tonight Presented by Burger King at 6 p.m. leading into Opening Night. Baseball Tonight airs at 12 p.m. on ESPN and again at 1 a.m. on ESPN2 on Opening Day. New Baseball Tonight commentators Alex Cora and Manny Acta will join Barry Larkin, Curt Schilling, Aaron Boone, Doug Glanville, Tim Kurkjian and Karl Ravech throughout the week.

 “Who’s on First?”

On Sunday, SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight will present a piece recognizing the 75th anniversary of Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s on First?” skit featuring Late Night host Jimmy Fallon and several Major League players acting out their own versions of the classic.

ESPN MLB season-opening schedule

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Networks
Sun, Mar 31 6 p.m. Baseball Tonight Presented by Burger KingKarl Ravech, Alex Cora, Barry Larkin, Curt Schilling, Tim Kurkjian ESPN, WatchESPN
7:30 p.m. Beisbol Esta NocheCandy Maldonado, Carolina Guillen, Manny Acta ESPN Deportes
8 p.m. Opening Night Baseball on ESPN Presented by Burger King: Texas Rangers at Houston Astros ESPN:Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Orel Hershiser, Buster OlneyESPN Radio: Jon Sciambi, Chris SingletonESPN Deportes: Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo AlvarezESPN Deportes Radio: Renato Bermudez, Jose Francisco Rivera ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN
Mon, Apr 1 12 p.m. Baseball Tonight Presented by Burger KingKarl Ravech, Barry Larkin, Curt Schilling ESPN, WatchESPN
1 p.m. Opening Day Baseball on ESPN Presented by Burger King: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Dave O’Brien, Rick Sutcliffe, Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian ESPN, WatchESPN
4 p.m. Opening Day Baseball on ESPN Presented by Burger King: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers ESPN:Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Orel Hershiser, Buster OlneyESPN Radio: Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton ESPN, ESPN Radio WatchESPN
7 p.m. Opening Day Baseball on ESPN  Presented by Burger King: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves Sean McDonough, Mark Mulder, Doug Glanville ESPN2, WatchESPN
10 p.m. Opening Day Baseball on ESPN Presented by Burger King: St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks Steve Levy, Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Gomez ESPN2, WatchESPN
Tue, Apr 2 1 a.m. Baseball Tonight Presented by Burger KingKarl Ravech, Aaron Boone, Alex Cora ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed, Apr 3 12:30 a.m. Baseball TonightAdnan Virk, Manny Acta, Doug Glanville ESPN2, WatchESPN
7 p.m. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Presented by T-MobileDave O’Brien, Rick Sutcliffe, Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian ESPN2, WatchESPN
10 p.m. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers Presented by USAAJon Sciambi, Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Gomez ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

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