MLB.TV subscribers will be able to watch 12 A’s Spring Training games over the coming weeks, beginning with our Cactus League opener this Sunday against the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
The image above shows the games that are currently being broadcast, with the ones in italics (on 3rd, 16th and 26th) actually taking place in the early hours of the following morning UK time. That leaves 9 games being shown at a convenient UK-evening time for us to enjoy.
All of the rest of the games on the Cactus League schedule should be available on the MLB.TV service as audio streams of the radio coverage. The limited number of TV games available is simply due to the regional TV networks or ESPN not providing any coverage of the rest.
Most of the U.S. moves to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday 14th, so there’s a two-week period in which the usual time difference is cut by one hour before the UK moves to British Summer Time on Sunday 28th. Arizona doesn’t actually bother with Daylight Saving Time, instead sticking to Mountain Standard Time all year long; however, the local start times of the games go forward one hour to keep things in check so the games do start an hour earlier (typically 7pm rather than 8pm UK time) for us during that period.
Cactus League games are just exhibitions, but it’s still good to get back into the baseball-watching groove and you also get to see some of the Minor League prospects as well, with MLB regulars usually only getting a couple of at-bats per game during the first-half of Spring.
The full MLB-wide list of MLB.TV Spring Training games can be found here. Note the caveat that the schedule may change, so it’s possible another A’s game or two might be added and we’ll update our list if so.