Spring training is right around the corner! Unfortunately, as of right now, you’ll only be able to watch four spring games on Sportsnet.
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) January 21, 2019
Of course, the two exhibition games played in Montreal will be televised, but only two other Grapefruit League games will be aired by Sportsnet. Hazel Mae did go on to say that Sportsnet will pick up more games as the Jays play away from Dunedin. Last year, the Jays put together a broadcast for 10 different Grapefruit games, so it’s pretty shocking they’re shrinking that number all the way down to four.
I can understand why Sportsnet wouldn’t want to send an entire production team down to Florida when you can’t predict the lineups for any given game. I mean, if Bo, Vlad, and other top prospects aren’t playing, only a select few people would bother to tune in to watch. That said, I would take just a camera from the broadcast booth along with a radio announcer doing play-by-play. It’s better than nothing.
Hopefully Dunedin’s newly-renovated facility which is set to open in 2020 will make it easier for the Jays to broadcast Spring Training games.