One of my self-assigned tasks each spring is to scan the broadcast schedules of the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training opponents to create something that is not available in one place anywhere else.
What follows is a list of all Cardinals television games, whether the broadcast originates from the Cardinals side, from their opponents or via a national network. After all, if you are like me, following the long winter, you have a thirst to watch any Major League Baseball no matter who is at the mike.
Last week, the Cardinals spring television schedule was jointly announced by the team and FOX Sports Midwest. 15 games will be shown on the home of the Cardinals, starting with three straight games at Roger Dean Stadium from March 5-7.
So far, five other Cardinals games will be televised by other sources, increasing the tentative TV plans to 20 contests.
ESPN’s spring schedule includes two St. Louis games, one of which overlaps FSMW coverage. The unique contest is Friday, March 25 at the Mets. (The duplicate is on Monday, March 21 versus the Red Sox.)
Spring opponents Washington (Sunday, March 13), Detroit (Thursday, March 17), Boston (Saturday, March 19) and the Yankees (Thursday, March 31) each add one unique Cardinals game to the overall television schedule. (FOX Sports Detroit will also telecast the Friday, March 18 contest along with FS Midwest.)
There is more to come.
Yet to announce their broadcast plans are five other Cardinals spring opponents, plus national entities MLB Network, FOX Network and TBS. Typically, MLB.TV picks up all televised games, as well, though no news from the subscription service is yet available.
For the first time, audio coverage of all Cardinals spring training games will be available either via KMOX and the Cardinals Radio Network (CRN) or MLB.com. Therefore, there is no need for me to track opposing team radio plans for spring 2016.
Keep an eye on this page as I will keep it updated as more information becomes available.
1/31 update: Houston announced 10 home game telecasts on ROOT Sports, including the March 4 game vs. the Cardinals. This increases St. Louis’ spring TV games to 21.
2/11 update: The Mets announced their spring television plans with three Cardinals contests, March 10, 12 and 25. The latter was already an ESPN game. Two will be on SportsNet New York and the other on WPIX channel 11. The two new telecasts brings the Cardinals current total to 23.
2/18 update: MLB.TV has announced its spring schedule and as expected, all 23 Cardinals televised games will also be available via the online subscription service.
2/22 update: The Braves and FOX Sports South will telecast one Cardinals contest. It is the March 11 game already scheduled on FOX Sports Midwest.
2/23 update: MLB Network has disclosed its slate of spring training telecasts. 16 of the 23 previously-announced Cardinals televised games will be picked up – five live and 11 on a delayed basis. (Times for the delayed broadcasts can be found at MLB Network’s website.) Note: Be aware that the two live MLB Network games that parallel FOX Sports Midwest coverage will be blacked out in the Cardinals home market – March 6 and 14.
2/25 update: The Marlins are the last Cardinals spring opponent to announce their schedule of TV games. While FOX Sports Florida will be carrying five Cardinals games, all were already on the FOX Sports Midwest schedule. It looks like the final total will be 23 televised contests of 29 with audio available for all. Not bad!
St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training Television and Radio Plans – as of 2/25/16
|Day||Date||Opponent||Location||CT||StL TV||Other TV (all listed include MLB.TV)||Audio|
|Wed||02,Mar||Florida Atlantic U||Jupiter||12:05||MLB.com|
|Fri||04,Mar||at Astros||Kissimmee||12:05||ROOT Sports, MLB Net (delay)||MLB.com|
|Sat||05,Mar||“at” Marlins||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||MLB Network (delay)||KMOX/CRN|
|Sun||06,Mar||Nationals||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||MLB Network||KMOX/CRN|
|Mon||07,Mar||Mets||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||MLB Network (delay)||KMOX/CRN|
|Tue||08,Mar||at Twins||Ft. Myers||12:05||MLB.com|
|Wed||09,Mar||Marlins||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||FOX Sports Florida, MLBN (delay)||KMOX/CRN|
|Thu||10,Mar||at Mets||Pt. St. Lucie||12:10||SNY, MLB Network (delay)||MLB.com|
|Fri||11,Mar||Braves||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||FOX Sports South, MLBN (delay)||MLB.com|
|at Mets (split)||Pt. St. Lucie||12:10||PIX11||MLB.com|
|Sun||13,Mar||at Nationals||Viera||12:05||MASN, MLB Network||KMOX/CRN|
|Mon||14,Mar||Twins||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||MLB Network||KMOX/CRN|
|Thu||17,Mar||at Tigers||Lakeland||12:05||FOX Sports Detroit, MLB Network||MLB.com|
|Fri||18,Mar||Tigers||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||FOX Sports Detroit||KMOX/CRN|
|Sat||19,Mar||at Red Sox||Ft. Myers||12:05||NESN, MLB Network (delay)||KMOX/CRN|
|Sun||20,Mar||Marlins||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||FOX Sports Florida||KMOX/CRN|
|Mon||21,Mar||Red Sox||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||ESPN||KMOX/CRN|
|Wed||23,Mar||Marlins||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||FOX Sports Florida, MLBN (delay)||KMOX/CRN|
|Fri||25,Mar||at Mets||Pt. St. Lucie||12:10||ESPN/SNY||MLB.com|
|Sat||26,Mar||Nationals||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||MLB Network (delay)||KMOX/CRN|
|Sun||27,Mar||“at” Marlins||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||FOX Sports Florida||KMOX/CRN|
|Tue||29,Mar||Nationals||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||MLB Network (delay)||KMOX/CRN|
|Wed||30,Mar||“at” Marlins||Jupiter||12:05||FS Midwest||FOX Sports Florida, MLBN (delay)||MLB.com|
|Thu||31,Mar||at Yankees||Tampa||12:05||YES, MLB Network||KMOX/CRN|
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