We are literally one week away from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training in Goodyear, Arizona. Can you feel the excitement? I can’t wait for some actual, real baseball activities to start. But we are also less than three weeks away from actual spring training games getting underway, too. The first game of the spring is going to be on Saturday the 22nd of February. That game won’t be televised. Neither will the next two. But starting on Tuesday the 25th against the Los Angeles Angels of Mike Trout, Fox Sports Ohio will be broadcasting eight games in the span of a month from Arizona.
Seven of the eight games will be played in the afternoon within the Eastern Time Zone, though three of those games will fall on the weekend. Only one night game will be on the Fox Sports Ohio schedule for the spring, and it’s late in the spring, too. Let’s take a look at the full schedule:
Five games will be done by the Fox Sports Ohio crew, while three more will be handled by the opposing team. Why there are more games in spring training handled this way, to reduce the costs, I’ve never understood. The eight games in 2020 is two less than the ten that they carried last year.
Last spring there were an additional five games that were carried on MLB Network. They have not yet released their schedule for the spring, so we are unsure how many games will be broadcast on their network. For now, though, you can put it down on your actual or digital calendar that you get to watch at least eight games from Arizona featuring your Cincinnati Reds.