It is almost time for pitchers and catchers to report, which means one thing: baseball is on the horizon.
The MLB free agent period is nearing its finish as players are finding new teams, receiving new deals, or waiting it out for the right deal. For the fans of the Philadelphia Phillies, the season can surely not come any quicker. With all of the sports disappointment throughout Philly, it seems that the expectations and the anticipation for Spring Training have increased.
The Phillies have made a couple of keys move, which general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. believes can get the team back to a competitive level.
Players such as Michael Young and Ben Revere were brought over to help an aging lineup and nucleus of Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz. Other players such as John Lannan and Mike Adams were brought over to strengthen the rotation and help anchor a bullpen that lacked consistency in 2012.
It was announced yesterday that the Phillies 2013 season opener against the Atlanta Braves would be featured on national television. The Phillies will not be getting the ESPN broadcast but will be the prime time game on ESPN2, which will take place in Atlanta.
The Phillies sure do have a lot of questions remaining with their roster, but Amaro has a month to try and work things out. If not, he still has leeway, financially, to make a couple of moves during the season.
You can not only catch Phillies on the ESPN Network during Opening Day/Night, but you can also view four other great games as well. Here is the rest of the schedule from MLB.com:
|Sun, Mar 31||8:00 pm||Texas Rangers||Houston Astros||ESPN|
|Mon, Apr 1||TBD||San Francisco Giants||Los Angeles Dodgers||ESPN|
|Mon, Apr 1||1:05 pm||Boston Red Sox||New York Yankees||ESPN|
|Mon, Apr 1||7:10 pm||Philadelphia Phillies||Atlanta Braves||ESPN2|
|Mon, Apr 1||10:10 pm||St. Louis Cardinals||Arizona Diamondbacks||ESPN2|