Chicago Cubs announce Spring Training broadcast schedule
By Tim Stebbins
The Chicago Cubs revealed their broadcast schedule for their upcoming Spring Training campaign. Nearly every game will be available for fans to tune in.
Although Spring Training games count for little, they do offer fans a chance to preview MLB teams each season. This spring, the Chicago Cubs will give fans plenty of opportunities to do just that.
Friday, the Cubs announced that they would broadcast 34 of their 36 spring games this season. Games will be available on television, radio and/or internet radio for fans to tune in.
Games available on multiple platforms
The schedule features 24 games available on www.cubs.com, 10 on WSCR 670 AM (670 The Score) four on WGN-TV and two on NBC Sports Chicago. The Cubs’ website will broadcast the team’s opening spring game on February 23. 670 The Score will broadcast its first game the next day.
WGN-TV will air its first game on Tuesday, Feb. 27 when the Cubs play the Chicago White Sox at Sloan Park. NBC Sports Chicago will air its first game on Sunday, March 18, when the Cubs play the Cleveland Indians in Las Vegas.
Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer will have the call for games on 670 The Score, while Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will call games on television. Kasper and Mick Gillispie will have the call for games on www.cubs.com.
Pay attention to start times
Gillispie is a radio broadcaster for the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs’ Double-A team. He has called Cubs spring training games for the team’s website since the 2011 season.
All games will start at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time, according to the team’s press release. Arizona is one hour behind Chicago and the Central time zone until March 10. On March 11, it will become two hours behind Chicago and the Central time zone.
Here is a complete look at the team’s 2018 Spring Training schedule with broadcast availability:
Although Cubs stars will not play entire games, fans should still enjoy seeing the team in action. Furthermore, seeing newer names in action will be an excellent opportunity for fans to learn more about potential future stars.
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Winter is ending soon, Cubs fans. Tune into www.cubs.com on Friday, Feb. 23 when the Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Sloan Park.