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MLB Opening Weekend by the Numbers

Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney, Karl Ravech, Pedro Gomez and Howard Bryant on the set of Baseball Tonight. (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney, Karl Ravech, Pedro Gomez and Howard Bryant on the set of Baseball Tonight.
(Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

ESPN’s remote operations team has spent months in preparation for not only Opening Day on ESPN, but all of the 88 games that will be televised across ESPN’s networks this season.

Things get underway Sunday, as ESPN has the exclusive national telecast of MLB Opening Night as the Texas Rangers visit the Houston Astros in Houston’s American League debut (8 p.m. ET).

On Monday, April 1, ESPN carries four MLB Opening Day games, beginning with the New York Yankees hosting the Boston Red Sox (1 p.m.), followed by the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers (4 p.m.). ESPN2 will then televise a primetime doubleheader with the Philadelphia Phillies at the Atlanta Braves (7 p.m.) and the St. Louis Cardinals at the Arizona Diamondbacks (10 p.m.).

To help translate the size and scope of what makes up ESPN’s MLB coverage, Front Row presents:

MLB on ESPN by the Numbers

MLB on ESPN:
24th year of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball
• ESPN’s mobile units will travel nearly 50,000 miles during the course of the season.

Opening Weekend:
• 7 games in 4 days across 4 time zones
• Mobile units will travel more than 7,100 miles to their Opening Day destinations from their Spring Training assignments
5 mobile units

ESPN Analysts:
• ESPN’s deep bench of MLB analysts represent 168 years of major league experience as players, managers and executives including 36 All-Star appearances.
− Collectively, the pitchers in this group appeared in a combined 10,402 innings in the major leagues with 694 wins and 7,643 strikeouts. Hitters combined for 30,893 at-bats and 792 home runs.

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