Other than select players battling for roster spots, there isn’t much at stake during spring training. Still, it’s a fun time for diehard baseball fans to see their favorite teams and players for the first time in the new season. For fans who can’t make it to Florida or Arizona, it’s nice to see some March games on TV.
ROOT Sports will be televising five of the Pirates’ spring training contests, with the first coming one week from today:
– Sunday, March 9th vs. Red Sox
– Monday, March 17th vs. Yankees
– Wednesday, March 19th @ Red Sox
– Friday, March 21st @ Yankees
– Saturday, March 29th @ Phillies (in Philadelphia)
For the Bucs, that’s a pretty standard amount. ROOT showed four each in 2011 and 2012, five in 2013, and now another five in 2014.
Here’s how that number compares to the rest of Major League Baseball for the month of March…
|Padres||10||FS San Diego|
|Rockies||6||ROOT Rocky Mt.|
|Royals||0||FS Kansas City|
Average is about 9. ROOT and the Pirates are on the lower end, though five seems… acceptable. Would be nice to see a bit more coverage (reports from Bradenton, etc.) but I guess we can wait until April.
The LA teams run away with the most spring game broadcasts. The Dodgers would have even more, but they’re missing over a week of exhibition action to start their regular season early in Australia. On the other end, I was surprised to see the Reds and Royals without any games listed on their local stations.
29 days until the opener.