ESPN announced on Wednesday that they will be broadcasting eight Grapefruit League games during Spring Training.
It’s expected that all eight will be available on ESPN America and most, if not all, will be available for International MLB.TV subscribers online.
All games will begin at 17.00 U.K. time:
Monday 11. St. Louis Cardinals at New York Yankees
Monday 18. Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves
Tuesday 19. New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies
Wednesday 20. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
Monday 25. Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
Tuesday 26. St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets
Wednesday 27. Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit Tigers
Thursday 28. New York Mets at Washington Nationals.
ESPN is generally seen as being biased towards east coast teams and their Spring Training schedule will add some grist to that particular mill for those bothered by it.
The concentration of games towards the end of Spring Training reflects both that this is always the period when MLB regulars play the majority of the innings (as opposed to earlier in Spring Training when they’ll clear off after 4 or 5) and that the World Baseball Classic will steal the spotlight during the first half of March this year.