Tigers announce TV schedule

The Tigers’ TV schedule is out, and they’re again set to have 161 games on the tube. The only game currently not scheduled to air is the Sept. 17 game at Oakland, a day game out west but a 4 p.m. ET contest that falls within the FOX national broadcast window that precludes local telecasts. Just a guess on my part, but I have a feeling that if the Tigers are in the race at that stage, they might find a way to get it on. If not, you can listen to the game on the radio or online while watching the FOX game or watching college football.

FSN Detroit is set to broadcast 152 games this regular season, plus four Spring Training broadcasts March 16, 22, 24 and 27. All of them are scheduled to be shown in HD, and a lot of them will be replayed at midnight. The season opener at New York will be shown locally on FSN, and nationally on ESPN.

Nine more games will be part of the FOX Saturday afternoon package, starting with the second game of the season April 2 at Yankee Stadium. They’ll have two different stretches in which they’ll have three straight Saturday broadcasts — July 16 (White Sox), 23 (Twins) and 30 (Angels), then Aug. 27 (Twins), Sept. 3 (White Sox) and Sept. 10 (Twins again).

So far, no Tigers games are on the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball schedule. But as we explained before, that schedule is only set for a few months so far, so don’t be surprised if a good start from Detroit lands the Tabbies on Sunday night for some midsummer or late season contests.

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And all or nearly all of those national games will be blacked out for us displaced fans. I’m going to have to move back to Michigan, at least for summers. Hey, that’s not a bad idea………….
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You know baseball is close when Lynn Henning starts writing columns defending Dombrowski and Leyland. :-) Actually, I think DD does a good job as GM and President. JL, on the other hand, is just the field manager. That ol’ jury is still out and shows no signs of returning a verdict on him. It’s become as much a part of Tiger watching as Paws on the dugout or “Detroit Rock City” as the team hits the field.
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–Rich

You must have caught some of those “Pure Michigan” ads, Rich. You do remember how beautiful MI can be in the summertime?
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Henning says we need one more good power hitter. Who’s it gonna be? He says Inge needs to step it up. Good luck with that one, Lynn.
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I hope they strart strong and keep getting stronger. Go Tigers!!!!

Michael Young to the White Sox? Michael Young to the Twins. This would be very bad news.

I wonder if a BIG bat will be secured, but my instinct tells me DD is quite happy with his roster at this time.
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Beyond the BIG bat what about the Twins shopping Liriano?
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Now there’s a prize.
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I think the proverbial snow ball in hell appplies here but he would solidify our rotation incredibly. Especially given that Coke has a huge challenge ahead of him and may not be able to transition as easily as the Hope & Dreamers think he can.
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I see Sizemore beating out Guillen at 2B. I think OrdoŮez is going to see more time at DH than any of us would have predicted given the fact that Martinez is predicted to fulfill that role. I sure wish MCab could play 3b!!!! Alas–that is a blast from the past and not ever likely to occur again.
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Bullpen SHOULD be a major plus but before everyone goes gaga over Benoit let’s remember what his stats were like before his phenomenal year in 2010. The guy can throw, no doubt, so can Perry and so can Zumaya
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But, do we need a “perfect storm”?
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I think Boesch is likely the odd man out—perhaps in a trade. Wells has more potential all-around and it is too bad he is another RHB, but that’s the way it goes.
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Inge will be a lightning rod once again. His K’s will infuriate those who are not so enamored with his defense as to forgive that flaw. I do believe it is significant that no teams ever seem to try to pry Inge out of DD’s grasp. That says a lot to me. Great guy, good glove, yada,yada,yada—but in the end he will hit below .250 and strand way too many runners in scoring position to justify his strengths. JMHO.
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Avila will have a difficult year, he will be pressed and he will be learning. He will show flashes of brilliance but we will be very glad we have VMart on the roster. I like Avila, a lot. As I do Boesch–just expressing what I think might well happen.
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Raburn will have good year. I think he will become decent in LF. But it might take a couple of months.
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AJ is going to battle the curse. (The dreaded Sophmore Jinx).
How he handles it will pretty much be a major factor in how the whole damn team does. Without a better year from him we do not have a better chance of winning the division.
I’ll leave the pitching alone for now. (Will wait till after we trade for Liriano to stick my neck out on the rotation!!!!)

If FSN Detroit is only showing those 4 spring training games, does that mean only those four will be available on the mlb.tv package? Or are all of them televised but FSN just doesn’t bother to broadcast most? I’m trying to decide if I should go ahead and spring for the package now or hold off and hang onto my $ for the moment.

MC, there are 7 Tigers games scheduled for MLB.TV, and the schedule is here:
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http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/broadcasts/spring_mlbtv.jsp?&affiliateIdmlbMENU
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Most, or all, of those games are also available on MLB Network (tape delay), ESPN, etc. I’m under the impression that if any media outlet televises a game, MLB.TV will pick it up, so it depends on what kind of cable or satellite outfit you use as to whether you can get them on TV or just MLB.TV.
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Someone will join in here if I’ve got this info wrong.
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–Rich

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