Tuesday was Mardi Gras, which can only mean one thing for baseball fans, spring training is just around the corner. The Toronto Blue Jays play their first game in 2012 on March 3 in Dunedin. Sportsnet will broadcast two Jays Sprint Training games on TV in 2012, while The Fan 590 will air others on the radio. Here is their press release.
Sportsnet today announced its Toronto Blue Jays 2012 Grapefruit League broadcast schedule, including 11 games on Sportsnet 590 The Fan, five games on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and two games on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.
Television coverage gets underway on Sunday, Mar. 18 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific as the Jays host the Philadelphia Phillies in Dunedin, Florida. Sunday, April 1 marks Sportsnet’s second Blue Jays pre-season broadcast as the Blue Jays take on Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific. Buck Martinez will handle the play-by-play alongside analyst and former Blue Jay Pat Tabler.
Blue Jays fans can also catch 11 Grapefruit League games on Sportsnet 590 The Fan, with five of those games being broadcast on Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Sportsnet 590 The Fan kicks off its Blue Jays pre-season schedule on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT, while Sportsnet 960 The Fan’s first broadcast is on Sunday, Mar. 4 at 12:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. MT. For all broadcasts on the Blue Jays Radio Network, Mike Wilner hosts the pre-game show while Jerry Howarth and Alan Ashby handle play-by-play and analysis, respectively.
From now through to Opening Day on April 5, Sportsnet Connected and sportsnet.ca will provide daily reports from Spring Training, including highlights, features, reports and player interviews. Sportsnet 590 The FAN will also provide bonus daytime coverage for Blue Jays fans with Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt hosting the 9am – 12 noon talk show from Dunedin, Florida from March 12-16.
Sportsnet will also broadcast other MLB spring training games beginning with Phillies vs. Yankees on Sunday March 4. I’ll post their entire Spring Training schedule soon.