Open Thread: Spring Training TV Schedule

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Musta been watching Montero take BP. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

It’s Valentine’s Day, and you know what I love? Watching the Yankees play baseball. Now that pitchers and catchers have reported to Spring Training, real live games aren’t far off. After the jump is a list of which exhibition games will be on television for all to enjoy (all times ET), the first of which is less than two weeks away. Otherwise here’s the open thread for the night, just in case you’re a loser like me and not doing anything for the holiday. The Nets are the only local team in action, making tonight that much more depressing…

  • Saturday, Feb. 26th vs. Phillies: Spring Training opener, 1:05pm on YES and MLB Network
  • Sunday, Feb. 27th @ Phillies: 1:05pm on YES and MLB Network
  • Weds., March 2nd vs. Astros: split squad, 1:05pm on YES and MLB Network
  • Friday, March 4th vs. Red Sox: 7:05pm on YES and MLB Network
  • Monday, March 7th vs. Phillies: split squad, 1:05m on YES
  • Tuesday, March 8th @ Braves: 1:05pm on YES and MLB Network
  • Friday, March 11th vs. Braves: split squad, 1:05pm on YES
  • Saturday, March 12th @ Nationals: tape delay, 7:00pm on MLB Network
  • Sunday, March 13th vs. Twins: 1:05pm on YES
  • Monday, March 14th @ Red Sox: 7:05pm on ESPN2
  • Weds., March 16th vs. Orioles: 7:05pm on YES
  • Saturday, March 19th vs. Blue Jays: 1:05pm on YES and MLB Network
  • Sunday, March 20th @ Phillies: tape delay, 5:00pm on MLB Network
  • Monday, March 21st @ Rays: tape delay, 10:30pm on MLB Network
  • Tuesday, March 22nd @ Orioles: 1:05pm on YES and ESPN
  • Wednesday, March 23rd vs. Blue Jays: 7:00pm on MLB Network
  • Saturday, March 26th vs. Pirates: 1:05pm on YES
  • Monday, March 28th vs. Rays: 7:05pm on YES
  • Tuesday, March 29th vs. Tigers: final Spring Training game, 1:05pm on YES and ESPN

That’s 15 19 of 32 total games on television, counting split squads as two games. The MLB Network hasn’t announced their Spring Training broadcast schedule, but from what I understand they’re showing at least one game a day, and usually it’s more like two or three. The Yankees will surely show up a few times there, which should mean more than half the team’s exhibition games will be on television. Here’s the full MLB Network broadcast schedule. Man, I remember when the only way you could watch Spring Training games was in person. How far we’ve come…

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  • Esteban

    It’s Humans vs. a computer tonight on Jeopardy. I for one welcome our new computer overlords.

    • Matt Imbrogno

      When they take over, baseball can finally be played on spreadsheets, just as Mo intended it to be.

      • Esteban

        IETC. We can only hope.

  • Bryan L

    Any idea when we’ll get the WCBS schedule? or is John Sterling still hibernating?

    • Esteban

      What does it mean if he sees his shadow?

      • Bryan L

        Six weeks without Suzyn?

      • James

        At least 8 more months of homerism.

    • bakekrukow412

      I just realized something. If WCBS does loose the Yankees and Sterling and Waldman are let go, isn’t there a very good chance one or both of them may end up at the YES Network? Having Sterling may reduce the workload on Michael Kay. I honestly wouldn’t mind hearing a little more THHEEE YANKKKEES WINNN instead of SEE YA. Or is John Sterling hated that much?

      • Nostra-Artist

        Sterling and Suzyn are going nowhere, no matter who buys the Yankee rights. Why would you buy an expensive property like that and then change everything? Its hard enough to make your money back on sports rights, taking further risk is not something a corporate type is likely to do.

  • Sean C

    It looks like Grandy’s in the middle of a high pitched “Hooooooo!!” a la Rick Flair.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Watson is like the perfect SAT taker: he gets every question he answers right and doesn’t answer the ones he can’t get right.

    • Esteban

      I say Watson is a big know-it-all jerk, like most contestants on Jeopardy.

      • Chip

        I really hope he gets crushed

  • pete

    So…’nother bombshell album drop announcement from Radiohead. This week’s gonna take FOREVER

    • Sean C

      Say what now, Charles? A new radiohead album?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Radiohead fans are almost as pretentious as Wil Nieves fans.

      • pete

        being a radiohead fan doesn’t make you pretentious, even if plenty are. They’re an awesome band and deserved to be loved by those who love them

        • Esteban

          Just like fans of Wil Nieves.

  • vin

    Someone needs to photoshop a blunt into one (or both) of his hands.

  • AndrewYF

    How does Bartolo think he’s going to win a job when he can’t even try to trim the fat?

    • Esteban

      He’s a big boy, but he’s always been overweight.

    • Carlosologist

      He’s in the best shape of his life, obviously.

    • NJYankeeFan

      Damn he looks like a bull frog from the side. On a liner back to the mound, I don’t know whether he’d use his glove or if a giant tongue would shoot out of his mouth and snag the ball.

  • OldYanksFan

    This is a holiday???

    Some thoughts for a slow day.
    The Cards have 2 days left to sign Pujols to a contract, or he is a FA in 2012. If he hits the FA market, at 31, what might he get?

    ARod was 25 when he got (his first) $250m.
    Will 8/$200m get it done?
    He certainly has a chance at the HR record, so maybe he wants 10 years.

    The Sox could pass on AGon and go for Albert.
    He certainly isn’t a fit for us.

    Any thoughts?

    • bonestock94


    • Sean C

      I’m not sure why the Sox would pass on AGon. They gave up quite a bit in the trade for him, and it remains to be seen if they can get an extension done. The extension will get done. If AGon passes on the Sox, however, I can easily see them going all in on Pujols. Though, this is all moot; Pujols is going to remain a Cardinal.

      • LarryM.,Fl.

        Pujols in Fenway would reset the HR record for all time. 100 in a season, he would break the walk record in a season both intentional and unintentional. On base percentage would be about .800 another record. 310 down the left field line and 379 in the power ally just forget about it.

        • Jerome S.

          hyperbole much? The Busch Stadium isn’t the Trop, and Fenway isn’t Coors. Even then, the difference wouldn’t play that huge.

          • The Real JobaWockeeZ

            Probably sarcasm to what the actual articles would say if he was on the Sox.

        • Sean C

          I was under the impression that this was what AGon was supposed to do there in 2011. AGon + Fenway was rumored to be the rebirth of early 2000’s Bonds. (.500+ wOBA) and all.

    • first time lawng time

      If the Sox get Pujols, they’re commended for it, while if the Yankees got him (which they won’t) they’re be cheaters that spend too much money.

    • Nostra-Artist

      I’m thinking 8 years/220 mil (27.5 per). I just don’t see the market going into A-Rod territory, that would require the Yanks and/or Sox involved.

  • first time lawng time

    From a Fox Sports:
    “Yankees: We can dwell on the negative: The almost comically thin rotation for a $200 million team, the aging of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada, etc. But, remember, the Yankees scored the most runs in the majors last season by a wide margin. They’ve added right-hander Rafael Soriano and left-hander Pedro Feliciano to a bullpen that ranked third in the AL in ERA. They’re not going to stink, OK?”

    Does that seem a little bias or is it just me?
    Also, the stars they named are the only aging ones…(besides Rivera) I mean everyone else is pretty young.

    • Mike Axisa

      Yeah, I’ve had plenty of arguments about the team’s age. Aside from Jeter and A-Rod, none of the other six position players is older than 31. The top two starters are 30 and 24.

      • first time lawng time

        It seems like the same old unoriginal Yankees bashing to me. I know their rotation is pretty crappy right now, but “comical” seems taking it a bit too far.

        Also, I think AJ will have a bounceback year.

        And is there any possibility that Andy would come out of retirement during the season? (wishful thinking, I know, but still…)

    • Zack

      The thin rotation and aging of certain players are negatives.

      I read it as, “We can dwell on the negatives, but guess what? They’re still going to be good.”

      • first time lawng time

        Yeah, I’m just tired of people saying: they are crap despite having a 200million dollar payroll, they’re old, and the Red Sox are the team to beat this year, and their rotation is a joke, etc

        • Zack

          It doesn’t say they are crap, it says, They’re not going to stink, OK?.

          And how can you say the rotation is anything better than average?

          • first time lawng time

            No I’m not just referring to that. I’m talking about other news articles, the radio, tv, etc.

            I’m not. But I don’t think it’s “comical” and I don’t think Boston’s is any better.

            • Zack

              I think an “average” rotation for a 200m ballclub that is looking to win a championship is comical; and if AJ doesn’t improve, if Nova can’t get through 5, and if the 5th starter gets eaten up in the AL East, then the rotation will be comical.

              Boston’s isn’t better if you pencil in Hughes and AJ for improvement and not Lackey & Buchholz. And Beckett still has more talent than Nova.

              • Tom Zig

                Lackey and Beckett should be better, but I don’t expect Buchholz to have such a lucky year. Lightning doesn’t strike twice.

                • Zack

                  Maybe not, but he does have strike-out stuff and can improve. His xFIP was 4.20, which was better than Hughes’ 4.33. So it’s not like he’s a 35 year old pitcher throwing junk who had a lucky year.

                  Plus Buchholz was consistant all year, we all know Hughes started great then tailed off after the ASB.

    • Jerome S.

      Fox News can’t report on anything unbiased.

    • AndrewYF

      The 2005 Yankees had a comically thin rotation, AND the worst defensive alignment in all of baseball history.

      They won 95 games.

  • first time lawng time
    • Nostra-Artist

      Yeah, CC will opt out. That’s why those clauses are put in, for players to use them.

      Cashman had a good line at the WFAN Breakfast on Soriano that applies here:

      “If he stinks or gets hurt, he’ll be a Yankee. If he’s good? He’ll opt out.”

      I think we all agree that CC should be good this year.

  • first time lawng time

    Anyone have any speculations as to how their pitching will this year? I think the bullpen will be really good, but I’m not comfortable with the starting pitching.

    CC should be CC, AJ should bounceback, Hughes is developing… idk

  • Carlosologist

    Alright, I set up the second RAB fantasy league. Sign up, the password is rab764 and the league name is RAB Fantasy 2. The live draft is set for March 20th (a Sunday) at 6:30 Eastern. If you have an issue with the time, e-mail me at

    • Carlosologist

      Some more details:

      Standard 12 team league on Yahoo.
      It has the classic scoring of runs, homers, steals, average, and stolen bases. Also got wins, strikeouts, saves, ERA, and WHIP.

      • The Real JobaWockeeZ

        Is this league a renewed one?

        • Carlosologist

          I just set up a new one. Not renewed from last year.

          • Alex

            What is the league ID though?

            • Michael Mirabella

              Yeah I need that too.

            • Carlosologist


  • Mattchu12

    Surprise Player of 2011 for the Yankees? My vote is Adam Warren.

    • Simon

      I’m gonna say AJ Burnett, although it may seem like a long shot, in terms of really surprising people I just hope he has a surprisingly good year, maybe sub-3 ERA……but I can dream can’t I?

      • Simon

        I mean sub-4, my bad…….sub-3 would be a miracle!

    • Chip

      Noesi or does Nova count?

    • mbonzo

      I’m gonna say the whole outfield is gonna surprise us.
      Swisher and Gardner will prove that 2010 was not a mistake.
      Grandy man will hit like a beast.

      I think AJ will figure things out but not be ace like, maybe a 3.7 ERA.
      Hughes will figure it out though and have a great season.

      I also think that one of the B’s could have a breakout year and make the team and play a huge role like when Joba entered the bigs.

    • Reggie C.

      Surprise player …

      Minor leaguer – Slade Heathcott. The 1st round pick hopefully starts showing more power and more contact in his second full season. The Yankees really need one of the farm’s outfielders to step up.

      Major Leaguer – Curtis Granderson. We all breathed a sigh of relief at Granderson’s turnaround. Hopefully, he’s able to keep it on for longer in 2011. I think he will. Thirty homers!

    • Nostra-Artist

      Ivan Nova. He’s the one guy on the staff who I think will surprise on the upside.

  • Dolemite

    Additional spring training games may be televised on some of the opponents’ regional sports networks, like MASN, etc.

  • bexarama

    yaaaay for unnecessary hype during the Phillies (and Red Sox) games

    • Nostra-Artist

      Do the Phillies and Sox play each other this spring? I’d love to listen, just to count how many times the announcers refer to it as a “world series preview”

      • bexarama

        Yep, quite sure I saw it on one of ESPN’s games

  • Dustin

    Anyone know if the games that’re on YES will be viewable on I’m in NC and don’t get YES on my satellite. My subscription from last year expires at the end of March, I believe, so I ought to be able to see all these games if they’re shown online.

  • Gonzo

    The Yankees 2011 season will be summed up simply.

    Make playoffs, then beat other teams.

  • John Atsatt

    Here are a few fantasy baseball leagues for NYY fans in 2011. ALL games are FREE to play and the winner will get something special this year. They are hosted online at Yahoo Sports.

    1. 6×6 Rotisserie

    For 9 years now this league has been playing the original type of fantasy baseball with 1 twist. Here are the settings:

    League Name :161st & River Ave
    League ID#: 24831
    Password: whoneedslee
    Draft Type: Live Standard Draft
    Draft Time: Sun Mar 27 4:00pm EDT
    Max Teams: 12
    Max Moves: 75
    Max Games Played: 162
    Max Innings Pitched: 1500
    Roster Positions:
    C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, Util, 2SP, 2RP, 2P, 7BN, 3DL
    Batters Stat Categories:
    Runs (R), Doubles (2B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG)
    Pitchers Stat Categories:
    Wins (W), Losses (L), Saves (SV), Home Runs (HR), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA)

    2. Weekly Head to Head

    Now in its third year, this league allows teams to play each other weekly with the rosters locked in. There will be (3) divisions of four teams with the top two in each division making the playoffs. With 18 statistical categories used for the scoring, many matchups can come down to Sunday night baseball.

    League ID#: 25073
    League Name: Weekly H2H
    Password: threeyearsrunning
    Draft Type: Live Standard Draft
    Draft Time: Sat Mar 26 6:00pm EDT
    Max Teams: 12
    Max Moves: 75
    Max Acquisitions per Week: 5
    Min Innings Pitched: 25
    Weekly Deadline: Weekly on Monday
    Playoffs: Week 22, 23 and 24 (6 teams)
    Note: Week 24 runs 7 days from Sep 12 to Sep 18
    Divisions: Yes (3 divisions)
    Playoff Seeding Options: Division winners awarded top playoff seeds
    Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, Util, 3SP, 3RP, 2P, 7BN, 3DL
    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Hits (H), Doubles (2B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Strikeouts (K), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)
    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Losses (L), Saves (SV), Hits (H), Earned Runs (ER), Home Runs (HR), Walks (BB), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA)

    3. HR Derby

    This league is celebrating its 5th anniversary of tracking only homeruns and strikeouts. The rules are simple. Pick 5 players and start 3 per week. For every HR your team gets 10 points and for every strikeout your team looses .5 points. The team with the most points at the end of the season wins. It seems like every year it comes down to the wire.

    League ID#: 24615
    League Name: Home Run Derby
    Password: backbackbackgone
    Draft Type: Live Standard Draft
    Draft Time: Thu Mar 24 8:00pm EDT
    Max Teams: 20
    Max Moves: 30

    Here is some information to help you sign up for our leagues.

    Players must have a Y! ID to sign up and join our league(s)

    Here is the link to get a Y! ID: copy and paste into your browser or use the link provided


    Click here to register with Yahoo Sports

    After getting a Y! ID you will need to enter the Private League.

    To do this you will need the league ID and Password. (below)

    Here is a link to join our League(s)


    Click here to join a league

    -click on the “JOIN A LEAGUE” Button

    -click on ” JOIN CUSTOM”

    -enter the ID# & PSW provided above

    Hope to see you there! GO YANKS!