(posted by One More Dying Quail)

I’m pretty sure AA didn’t do this already, but in order to prepare myself for the coming months, I decided to do a team-by-team breakdown of this season’s nationally televised MLB games. As expected, the Mets, Yankees and Red Sox top the list:

Team

TBS

FOX

ESPN

Total

New York Mets

1

10

3

14

New York Yankees

3

9

2

14

Boston Red Sox

2

8

3

13

Los Angeles Angels

9

3

12

Atlanta Braves

1

10

1

12

Detroit Tigers

1

8

2

11

Chicago Cubs

1

8

1

10

Los Angeles Dodgers

1

9

10

Philadelphia Phillies

1

8

1

10

Cleveland Indians

1

8

9

St. Louis Cardinals

8

1

9

Seattle Mariners

1

6

7

Arizona Diamondbacks

1

6

7

Chicago White Sox

4

2

6

San Diego Padres

6

6

Colorado Rockies

4

1

5

Minnesota Twins

4

1

5

Milwaukee Brewers

1

3

4

Cincinnati Reds

3

3

San Francisco Giants

2

2

Toronto Blue Jays

1

1

Washington Nationals

1

1

Baltimore Orioles

1

1

Tampa Bay Rays

0

Houston Astros

0

Kansas City Royals

0

Florida Marlins

0

Texas Rangers

0

Oakland Athletics

0

Pittsburgh Pirates

0

The only station that has released a full schedule thus far is FOX (with the exception of the final two weeks of the season, which are TBD). The last game listed for TBS is May 25; for ESPN, the last known game is July 20 (June 1-July 6 are TBD). FOX’s schedule also includes a number of regional games, which accounts for the large number of games.

Seven teams are not currently scheduled to appear on national television at all in 2008. Most are unsurprising, but I have to say that the absence of at least one Tampa Bay game is a bit shocking. The Rays are this year’s “It” team, full of youth and vim and vigor, a fact that I thought might have appealed to the television people.

Two notes regarding the weekend:

1) Like last weekend, we’ll be throwing up two open threads and seeing if they stick – one on Saturday for FOX (Dodgers vs. Braves, Indians vs. Twins, or Mets vs. Phillies) and one on Sunday night for ESPN (Mets vs. Phillies). Put on your commenting shoes and stop by.

2) My email address is onemoredyingquail@gmail.com. Please do send along any tips, hate mail, or money to that address.