When representatives from ESPN and Major League Baseball signed their first agreement in January 1989, the deal included the commitment to produce a daily MLB highlights show.
The resulting show, Baseball Tonight, went on the air March 19, 1990. It shared a set with SportsCenter. John Saunders and Dave Marash split the hosting duties while Peter Gammons, Ray Knight and Bill Robinson provided regular contributions.
ESPN and MLB celebrate the start of the 25th season of live game coverage. Sunday, the network will present one of the sport’s most enduring rivalries when the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox visit the New York Yankees for Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). Prior to the game, at 7 p.m., the show that now has its own dedicated studio, Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet, will air with Karl Ravech and Barry Larkin.
Dan Shulman, John Kruk and Buster Olney handle the telecast of the game with Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton on the radio call and Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo and Memo Celis on ESPN Deportes.