ESPN may not be bringing Baseball Tonight back to its daily schedule for 2019, but that doesn’t mean the network does not have big plans for the show.
In a press release earlier this week, ESPN touted more live road shows for Baseball Tonight in 2019. The events that will host live broadcasts include the Boston Red Sox home opener, both the Men’s and Women’s College World Series, the Little League World Series, and All-Star Week festivities, and various postseason games.
The regular edition of the show will still air Sunday nights under the name Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown. It will serve as a pregame show for ESPN’s weekly Sunday Night Baseball broadcast as it did last season.
Baseball Tonight is getting a daily presence on ESPN in the form of SportsCenter segments. The Baseball Tonight Report will be a part of SportsCenter airings throughout the day. Analysts Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, and Jeff Passan will provide on-location news and analysis from around the league.
Mark Texiera and David Ross both reached agreements on multi-year extensions with ESPN during the offseason. The network also added former NL MVP and 2008 World Series Champion Ryan Howard and current New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia to an already deep roster of analysts for Baseball Tonight.