MLB Network has released its lineup of spring training games, which includes over 150 contests in 2013. That’s about what they had last year, and it remains a remarkable thing that viewers have access to that much spring training action, provided they get the MLB Network. The Milwaukee Brewers make five appearances during spring training on the network, and while some teams have more exposure, five ain’t bad. In fact, Fox Sports Wisconsin is only airing five games itself, with some overlap with MLB’s coverage of the Brewers. A couple things are a bit disappointing, however. The Brewers will not appear on TV during spring training until Monday, March 11 versus the L.A. Dodgers. There is radio earlier of course, but that means the first glimpse on TV is over two weeks off. Secondly, the Brewers are not scheduled for TV during either of the two games slated to feature the design of the team’s YOUniform contest winner. I’m sure they’d like to get people to come out to Miller Park for the March 30 exhibition game, but it seems they should’ve found a way to bring the March 22 game to a broad viewership.
In the past, MLB Network has improvised and sometimes aired additional games that were not on the original schedule. This also could mean one of the currently scheduled broadcasts gets bumped off or changed. So, an earlier Brewers spring training game could pop up; it’s possible. The Brewers’ spring training TV appearances look like this at present:
MLB NETWORK (Eastern Time)
Monday, March 11 vs. LAD, 9pm
Wednesday, March 13 vs. ARI, 11pm
Monday, March 18 vs. LAD split squad, 10am
Monday, March 18 vs. CLE, 4pm*
Wednesday, March 20 vs. LAA, 9am
FS WISCONSIN (Central Time)
Monday, March 11 vs. LAD, 3pm
Wednesday, March 13 vs. ARI, 9pm
Tuesday, March 19 vs. LAA, 3pm
Sunday, March 24 vs. SD, 3pm
Friday, March 29 vs. CHW, 7pm
*Note: MLB Network’s Brewers coverage other than the March 18 game vs. Cleveland is not a live telecast, and thus would have been recorded earlier in the same day or the day before its broadcast.
In any event, despite the gaps here and there and the unfortunate exclusion of the YOUniform games, there will be a decent chunk of Brewers spring training on TV to warm up for the season, as well as a TON of games featuring other teams. Personally, I’m looking forward to checking out the beginning of game action on Saturday afternoon, and after that I’ll probably check out teams that intrigue me until the Brewers show up. I will watch the Houston Astros play the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday (DVR’d, not at 7am!) to check out the Astros’ new looks. Other than that, games showcasing rival teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs will peak my interest.
Additionally, the ‘30 Clubs in 30 Days’ series has already kicked off, and the Brewers edition is set to air on Tuesday, February 26. Finally, some stuff going on for real!