Pitchers and catches for the Brewers report to camp today. I'm counting that as the official start of spring training. Games start up soon and some of them are going to be televised! Yes. I really am so starved for baseball that I'm excited about watching spring training games on television. Say what you want, you know you're kind of pumped about it too. Even if it's only because it means real baseball is that much closer. It's been a long winter--initially super boring followed by a seemingly endless string of transactions each more interesting than the next. And while the later half of the offseaon has been pretty interesting, I'm ready for games to begin again.
I actually had a lot of fun watching spring training games last year. It's cold outside and there's still a ton of snow on the ground--at least where I live. But in less than two weeks I'll be able to flip on a baseball game and pretend that it's nice outside. Heck, I might even bust out the grill. It would not be the firs time I cooked brats in near freezing temperatures.
For me, one of the best parts of watching a spring training game getting to see all the young prospects get into game action. For most of us it's the first time we'll be seeing some of these guys play. You can find the complete list of non-roster invitees here. Some of the highlights include Josh Hader, Brett Phillips, Orlando Arcia, Jacob Nottingham, Josmil Pinto, and old schooler Chris Capuano.
This year the Brewers will be broadcasting 16 games on the radio (620), airing 14 games on television (Fox Sports WI), and streaming 10 webcasts on MLB.com. You can find the full announcement, including who will call the games, here. Spring training official begins on March 2nd against UWM, but for some strange reason that game will be a dark one--no radio, television, or webcast.
The first radio broadcast will be the following day--Thursday, March 4th--when the Brewers split squad takes on the San Francisco Giants--whom they also open the regular season against.
Friday, March 5th will be the first webcast as the Brewers take on the Seattle Mariners--perhaps well get to see former Brewer Adam Lind.
The first televised game will air the following Monday as the Brewers face the San Diego Padres.
From March 2nd through March 12th each game starts at 2:05 pm CST. March 13th is daylight savings and so that day and most subsequent games will start at 3:05 pm CST. There are a handful of night games for those of us that work during the day. The March 17th game starts at 8:05 pm CST and will be a webcast. Monday March 21st vs the Diamondbacks will be an 8:40 pm start time and that game will be televised.
With the exception of the first game against UWM and the other split squad the following day, every game spring training game will be covered in some form. For us diehards that's pretty cool. I'd also suggest you keep an eye on MLB Network. Sometimes they televise games that aren't listed by the Brewers. It'll be other teams' broadcast team, but it's still nice. And you can always mute it and put on Ueck if he's calling the game on the radio.