Note: This schedule has since been updated. Click here for the most current version.
For any sporting event, watching and listening to the familiar home broadcasters is usually preferred. Yet in the case of spring training, a time when game coverage is less than 100 percent, catching any broadcast is better than the alternative, isn’t it?
The Cardinals are slated to play 28 spring training games in Florida in 2012. Previously announced was a subset of 18 to be covered by either FOX Sports Midwest television (five games), KMOX radio (16 games) or in the case of three games, by both.
That leaves 10 uncovered.
Now that the broadcast schedules of the Cardinals’ eight spring opponents have been posted on MLB.com, we find that five of those other ten St. Louis games will be covered by one of their affiliates.
This includes two televised games against the Mets on SportsNet New York on March 6 and 13, one radio contest against the Twins on the 15th, and two Marlins games on Miami radio on March 16 and 29.
The final tally lists 23 of the Cardinals 28 Florida games that can either be watched or listened-to, a solid coverage rate of 82 percent.
To receive the out-of-market feeds, consider a subscription to MLB.TV (television and radio) and MLB Gameday Audio (radio only). Though I have found support to be hit and miss, these services are good values overall. If you are going to subscribe for the 2012 season anyway, there is no reason to not do it in time for spring training as well.
If you are only interested in audio on your PC and want a deal, take a look at joining “Cardinals Nation,” a fan club program run by the St. Louis Cardinals organization. For just $19.95, you receive a variety of benefits, including two game tickets and a season subscription to MLB Gameday Audio.
I will update this broadcast information when the satellite radio and television providers disclose their spring schedules as well.
St. Louis Cardinals 2012 spring training television schedule (as of February 17)
|Day||Date||Opponent||Location||Time||StL TV||Opp TV||StL radio||Opp radio|
|Monday||5-Mar||Miami Marlins||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||KMOX|
|Tuesday||6-Mar||New York Mets||Port St. Lucie||1:10 p.m.||SNY|
|Wednesday||7-Mar||Washington Nationals||Viera||1:05 p.m.|
|Thursday||8-Mar||Boston Red Sox||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||KMOX|
|Friday||9-Mar||Minnesota Twins||Fort Myers||1:05 p.m,||ESPN 1500|
|Saturday||10-Mar||Miami Marlins||Jupiter**||1:05 p.m.||KMOX||WAXY|
|Sunday||11-Mar||Washington Nationals||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||KMOX|
|Monday||12-Mar||Washington Nats (ss)||Viera||1:05 p.m.|
|12-Mar||Atlanta Braves (ss)||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||KMOX||WFOM|
|Tuesday||13-Mar||New York Mets||Port St. Lucie||1:10 p.m.||SNY|
|Wednesday||14-Mar||Houston Astros||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||KMOX||KBME|
|Thursday||15-Mar||Boston Red Sox||Fort Myers||2:30 p.m.|
|Friday||16-Mar||Miami Marlins||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||WAXY|
|Saturday||17-Mar||Detroit Tigers||Lakeland||1;05 p.m.||FSMidwest||KMOX||97.1 FM|
|Sunday||18-Mar||Miami Marlins||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||KMOX||WAXY|
|Monday||19-Mar||Atlanta Braves||Buena Vista||1:05 p.m.||FSMidwest||WFOM|
|Tuesday||20-Mar||Houston Astros||Kissimmee||1:05 p.m.||FSMidwest||FSHouston||KBME|
|Wednesday||21-Mar||New York Mets||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||KMOX|
|Thursday||22-Mar||Washington Nationals||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||FSMidwest||KMOX|
|Friday||23-Mar||Miami Marlins||Jupiter**||1:05 p.m.|
|Saturday||24-Mar||New York Mets||Port St. Lucie||1:10 p.m.||FSMidwest||WPIX NY||KMOX||WFAN|
|Sunday||25-Mar||Minnesota Twins||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||KMOX||ESPN 1500|
|Monday||26-Mar||New York Mets||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.|
|Wednesday||28-Mar||Detroit Tigers||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||KMOX|
|Thursday||29-Mar||Miami Marlins||Jupiter**||1:05 p.m.||WAXY|
|Friday||30-Mar||New York Mets||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||KMOX|
|Saturday||31-Mar||Washington Nationals||Viera||1:05 p.m.||KMOX|
|Sunday||1-Apr||Washington Nationals||Jupiter||1:05 p.m.||KMOX|
|Monday||2-Apr||Springfield Cardinals||Springfield, Mo.||6:10 p.m.|
|Times are local|
|** Cardinals road team|
|(ss) Split Squad|