MLB and ESPN to Treat Local Little Leaguers® Like Big Leaguers on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown
Every Little Leaguer® dreams of someday having that moment to step onto a Major League Baseball field or be interviewed on ESPN. And, this year, hundreds of Little Leaguers will get that opportunity.
MLB, ESPN, and Little League® International have teamed up on a new initiative that will give the opportunity for local Little League programs to be featured on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown airing on ESPN on Sundays at 7 p.m. eastern. Local teams will join the anchors either at the ESPN Studios in Bristol, Conn., or on location at MLB stadiums around the United States. During ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball game broadcast, local Little League teams from the home team’s city will also be featured during the game coverage.
This initiative kicked off on April 12 at Yankee Stadium with 12 Little Leaguers from Harlem Little League. The players and four of their volunteers were able to watch batting practice from the field, interact with players, and even got a mini-coaching clinic from Yankees Manager and Little League graduate, Joe Girardi, before going on the Baseball Tonight set with Karl Ravech, Aaron Boone, and Tim Kurkjian.
Tune into ESPN on Sunday nights starting at 7 p.m. to see local Little Leaguers get their moment to shine.