Matt Chapman has joined the exodus, and a few others will probably follow, but after a very trying winter Spring Training is now finally upon us.
I’d say it will be a brief diversion from the A’s trade news; however that’s still likely to be the main topic of conversation by the announcers!
The graphic above shows the start times as they will be here in the UK. Two of the contests are night-games, on Saturday 19th and Tuesday 29th, so those ones will take place in the early hours of the following day. All the rest are evening time for us and early afternoon out in Arizona and the Bay Area.
It’s worth noting that the traditional two Bay Bridge games at the end of Spring Training will take place in Arizona rather than back in the Bay. The ballparks in Arizona are losing some games as it is, particularly tough for them after the disruption of the past two years, so it’s no surprise they’ve wanted to maximise the number taking place there before the regular season gets underway.
Not all of the games are televised during Spring Training, but a decent number will be available to watch via MLB.TV (the rest will have radio commentary available). The games on Sunday 27th and Sunday 3rd are being broadcast by NBC Sports California, with seven of the other eight home games available online.
The home-game that isn’t being broadcast by the A’s is Friday’s opener, although there will be an Angels TV feed to watch (probably best to mute the sound or change the sound to the A’s radio broadcast!).
The current plan for Friday is that new recruit Brent Honeywell will take the ball to start and hopefully get two innings of work in. Paul Blackburn and A.J. Puk are also due to pitch an inning or so each at some point during the game.
Some of you may want to stay away from the action, feeling it a bit too soon to dive back in after the pain of this past week. I understand, but the last two years have made me feel that I shouldn’t take any A’s game for granted, whatever the time of year and whatever our place in the standings.
I’m ready for some A’s baseball!