After a tumultuous offseason for the sport, baseball games are finally back on a daily basis with spring training in full swing.
Stars will be eased back to their full workloads, and role players will battle for MLB roster spots. Exhibitions are also a chance for prospects still a year or two away from the big leagues to make positive first impressions.
Relative to the regular season, spring training games are a headache to figure out how to watch. They aren’t always on familiar TV channels, and some aren’t broadcast on TV at all. That doesn’t mean you have to give up, though.
Here are the best choices for watching spring baseball in 2020:
National TV schedule for spring training
MLB Network will broadcast a boatload of spring training games this year, but only some of them will be offered live to viewers.
Here are the upcoming games that will be shown live on MLB Network (through March 1):
|March 1||1:05 PM||Red Sox||Braves||MLBN|
ESPN will also feature several spring training games, though far fewer than MLB Network.
Here’s a full list of ESPN’s spring training offerings:
|March 2||3 PM||Angels||Cubs||ESPN|
|March 3||1 PM||Red Sox||Yankees||ESPN|
|March 4||1 PM||Cardinals||Mets||ESPN|
|March 6||1 PM||Red Sox||Braves||ESPN|
How to watch spring training live on local TV
Local TV options are rather inconsistent, but most teams have at least a couple of broadcasts each week on their regional networks.
Below is a list of home and away spring training TV choices through March 1:
|Date||Time ET||Away||Home||Location||Away TV||Home TV|
|March 1||1:05 PM||Braves||Red Sox||Fort Myers, FL||N/A||NESN|
|March 1||1:05 PM||Twins||Rays||Port Charlotte, FL||*FSNO+||SUN|
|March 1||1:05 PM||Cardinals||Astros||West Palm Beach, FL||FSMW||N/A|
|March 1||1:05 PM||Blue Jays||Pirates||Bradenton, FL||N/A||ATTP|
|March 1||1:10 PM||Nationals||Mets (ss)||Port St. Lucie, FL||N/A||PIX11|
|March 1||3:05 PM||Reds||Brewers||Phoenix, AZ||*FSOH||FSNW+|
|March 1||3:05 PM||Mariners||Cubs||Mesa, AZ||N/A||MSN|
|March 1||3:05 PM||Rangers||Dodgers||Glendale, AZ||N/A||SNLA|
|March 1||3:10 PM||White Sox||Angels (ss)||Tempe, AZ||N/A||FSW|
|March 1||3:10 PM||Giants||Padres||Peoria, AZ||N/A||FSSD|
|March 1||4:05 PM||Indians (ss)||A’s (ss)||Summerlin, AZ||STO||N/A|
How to stream MLB spring training games online
If you have MLB.TV, you will have access to most spring training games via online stream. Audio of games is also available via the MLB app or on MLB’s website.
If a game is on your regional network but you don’t have cable, you can stream via Sling TV, Hulu, AT&T TV NOW, YouTube TV and fuboTV in most cases.
Unlike its counterparts for the NBA and NFL, Reddit’s MLBStreams is still available as a hub for alternative streaming options.
When does 2020 spring training end?
The final day of exhibitions this year is March 24. The regular season will begin on March 26.
Spring training stats leaderboard: Home runs, RBIs, stolen bases
Cody Thomas (Dodgers): 4.
Trent Giambrone (Cubs): 8.
Ian Miller (Cubs): 5.