Baseball is back.
Two days ago, I posted 7 reasons why White Sox fans should indulge in optimistic thoughts. Yesterday, Jim provided a brief preview of the first season of the Theo Era on the North Side.
And today, with a hearty hat tip to our friends and Fang’s Bites, we bring you information about upcoming previews for whatever team you cheer for, Midwest-based or otherwise.
Below is the schedule for MLB Network’s “30 Clubs In 30 Days” series, which I always make a point to watch as a way to get a nice overview of every team heading into the season. This won’t surprise those of you who know that I love the MLB Network and am a certified fanboy for pretty much everything they do…other than the unbearably annoying “Intentional Talk.”
MLB Network “30 Clubs In 30 Days” Schedule
|Times subject to change; all times ET.|
|Date||Time||Team – Location
|3/5||5:00 p.m.||Seattle Mariners – Peoria, Ariz.|
|3/6||8:00 p.m.||Cincinnati Reds – Goodyear, Ariz.|
|3/7||8:00 p.m.||Chicago Cubs – Mesa, Ariz.|
|3/8||8:00 p.m.||Kansas City Royals – Surprise, Ariz.|
|3/9||5:00 p.m.||San Diego Padres – Peoria, Ariz.|
|3/10||10:00 p.m.||San Francisco Giants – Scottsdale, Ariz.|
|3/11||7:00 p.m.||Chicago White Sox – Glendale, Ariz.|
|3/12||8:00 p.m.||Oakland Athletics – Phoenix|
|3/13||5:00 p.m.||Colorado Rockies – Salt River, Ariz.|
|3/14||5:00 p.m.||Cleveland Indians – Goodyear, Ariz.|
|3/15||8:00 p.m.||Arizona Diamondbacks – Scottsdale, Ariz.|
|3/16||7:00 p.m.||Texas Rangers – Salt River, Ariz.|
|3/18||10:00 p.m.||L.A. Dodgers – Glendale, Ariz.|
|3/18||11:00 p.m.||L.A. Angels – Tempe, Ariz.|
|3/19||8:00 p.m.||Milwaukee Brewers – Phoenix|
|3/20||11:00 p.m.||Atlanta Braves – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.|
|3/21||8:00 p.m.||Miami Marlins – Jupiter, Fla.|
|3/22||8:00 p.m.||St. Louis Cardinals – Jupiter, Fla.|
|3/23||8:00 p.m.||New York Mets – Port St. Lucie, Fla.|
|3/24||7:00 p.m.||New York Yankees – Tampa, Fla.|
|3/25||7:00 p.m.||Minnesota Twins – Ft. Myers, Fla.|
|3/26||7:00 p.m.||Detroit Tigers – Lakeland, Fla.|
|3/27||10:00 p.m.||Washington Nationals – Viera, Fla.|
|3/28||8:00 p.m.||Houston Astros – Kissimmee, Fla.|
|3/29||8:00 p.m.||Toronto Blue Jays – Dunedin, Fla.|
|3/30||11:00 p.m.||Philadelphia Phillies – Clearwater, Fla.|
|3/31||7:00 p.m.||Pittsburgh Pirates – Bradenton, Fla.|
|4/1||9:00 p.m.||Tampa Bay Rays – Port Charlotte, Fla.|
|4/2||5:00 p.m.||Baltimore Orioles – Sarasota, Fla.|
|4/3||6:00 p.m.||Boston Red Sox – Ft. Myers, Fla.|
Here is a bit more information on what MLBN has in store for fans of the “30 Clubs In 30 Days” series this year (also via Fang’s Bites):
The new season of 30 Clubs in 30 Days will continue to provide fans with the most extensive coverage of each club before Opening Day with field reports, interviews, predictions and inside access to every club’s training camp. The series will include segments breaking down each club’s offseason moves, a look at projected lineups and pitching rotations and previews of top prospects for the 2012 season and beyond.
Fans will have the opportunity to submit questions for MLB Network analysts to ask players and managers during the series via #30Clubs30Days on Twitter and Facebook. One fan-submitted question will be included in each episode. MLB Network has also launched its first-ever page on Tumblr, which will be updated throughout Spring Training with photos, videos, quotes and information from 30 Clubs in 30 Days and Intentional Talk.
I love March. The NCAA Tournament. The optimism of spring baseball. Can’t wait.
Also, be sure to check out this link. It’s a gallery of a bunch of really neat photos taken already this year at Spring Training camps across the league. I present the most jarring of these photos – at least to me – below.