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Sportsnet to show 10 Jays spring training games on TV

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A bit ago we were told that the Jays were only going to show 4 spring games on TV, and I was less than happy.

Today Sportsnet has released a schedule that they will have ten games on Sportsnet TV and all the all the games will be on radio. I won’t say it makes me happy, but it is better.

The ten games on TV will be:

  • Monday, Feb. 25, Toronto @ New York Yankees, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, (Watch: Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet NOW)
  • Sunday, March 3, New York Yankees @ Toronto, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, (Watch: Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific, and Sportsnet NOW; Listen: Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet Radio Network*)
  • Saturday, March 9, Toronto @ Philadelphia, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT (Watch: Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific, and Sportsnet NOW; Listen: Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet Radio Network*)
  • Saturday, March 16, Toronto @ New York Yankees, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT (Watch: Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific, and Sportsnet NOW)
  • Sunday, March 17, Minnesota @ Toronto, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT (Watch: Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific, and Sportsnet NOW; Listen: Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet Radio Network*)
  • Tuesday, March 19, Toronto @ Boston, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT (Watch: Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, Pacific and Sportsnet NOW)
  • Saturday, March 23, Toronto @ New York Yankees, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT (Watch: Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, Pacific and Sportsnet NOW)
  • Sunday, March 24, Toronto @ Detroit, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT (Watch: Sportsnet ONE; Listen: Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet Radio Network*)
  • Monday, March 25, at OLYMPIC STADIUM, MONTREAL, Milwaukee @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (Watch: Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific, and Sportsnet NOW; Listen: Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet Radio Network*)
  • Tuesday, March 26, at OLYMPIC STADIUM, MONTREAL, Milwaukee @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (Watch: Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific, and Sportsnet NOW; Listen: Sportsnet Radio Network*)

It is much better than than the 4 they were going to show us. And, of course, those of us with MLB TV will get to see some other games (and I got my renewal notice today, after they told me I’d get it at the new of the month just the other day).

Personally, I’d love them to show us the first fifteen or twenty games, and then stop them about the time I (and the players) start getting tired of spring games. Then they can show the last two or four, to get me set for the season. But that might just be me.

With the two games in Montreal being against the Brewers, there is a chance we will get to see Brett Lawrie.


And there was some other news in their release:

  • They officially announced that Mike Wilner will be the 2nd man in the booth for all radio games this year. I think it is a good idea, I thought he did a good job last year.
  • They are going to have each of the minor league broadcasters in to do 2 or 3 of the spring games with Ben and Mike. I really like the idea. The minor league broadcasters can give us a little extra information about the young players and it is a nice pat on the back for them. We will hear from Rob Fai (Vancouver Canadians), Jesse Goldberg-Strassler (Lansing Lugnuts), Tyler Murray (New Hampshire Fisher Cats) and Pat Malacaro (Buffalo Bisons).