Things are looking up for the A’s. Last season they shocked the baseball world and won the West. Then there was their dramatic wins in Games 3 and 4 of the ALDS. Those are the kinds of things that get people talking. And they’ve set the stage for a few firsts with regard to their TV appearances.
For starters, when they open their 2013 campaign with a four-game set at home against the Mariners this week, Game 3 on Wednesday is on KOFY-TV channel 20. You know, the one with the dogs. Why? Because CSN California is busy with the Sharks that night. It’s the first broadcast of an A’s game on a local TV station since they left KICU after the 2008 season.
In another first, Fox has scheduled them for a whopping six regional appearances on its Saturday telecasts, the same amount as the Giants. You’ll see them on May 25 at their new divisional rival, the Astros. Also look for games against the Angels, Mariners, Orioles, and two against the Rangers, all on KTVU channel 2.
Speaking of the Astros, Friday’s contest in Houston is available nationally on MLB Network, as is the following Tuesday’s matchup at the Angels.
However, so far there’s nothing scheduled for ESPN or TBS.
Except for those six on Fox, and the one on KOFY, look for the green and gold on CSN California, which has almost all A’s contests except for some weekday day games. Glen Kuiper and Ray Fosse continue as the TV voices of the A’s.
Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo are the A’s radio announcers on 95.7 FM The Game, which has recently become our ESPN Radio affiliate as well as the home for national broadcasts from Dial Global Sports.
Amaury Pi-Gonzalez will continue to call A’s games in Spanish, alongside Manolo Hernandez-Douen, on KIQI 1010 AM. This is another area where the A’s are in the same league as the Giants, their Spanish-language broadcasts are only available during home games.
So the A’s have made some firsts. Now can they make some noise and another run at the playoffs?
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