With roughly a month to go before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, we can feel the end of the off-season approaching. On Wednesday afternoon, we got a little bit closer as MLB released the start times for the full 162-game schedule.
The Oakland Athletics open the season at home with a four-game series against the Guardians. They follow that up with a three-game series at home against the Red Sox before heading to Detroit to get their road schedule underway.
Fox and ESPN also announced the first batch of nationally broadcasted games on both platforms. The first Sunday Night Baseball event will feature the Cardinals and Dodgers, playing on March 31 in Los Angeles.
Unsurprisingly, the Athletics were not immediately selected to play one of the nationally televised games. We can assume that most casual fans aren't interested in watching A's games, and for good reason.
The A's do have a unique scheduling feature, however. On Wednesday May 8th, the A's host the Rangers for a traditional doubleheader. The first game begins at 12:37 PDT, with the second game to immediately follow. It's one of two scheduled traditional doubleheaders across the league in 2024.
Attendance will likely be spotty in Oakland again this season. Last Dive Bar and the Oakland 68's have already started organizing an opening day boycott at the Coliseum that's likely set to draw a few thousand people to the A's parking lots.
With the worst total attendance in the league for two years running, the Athletics seem set to make it a run at three years in a row. They've done little this off-season and that's reflected by the television networks choosing not to broadcast their games in prime time.
It's unlikely that the A's attitude changes significantly with the Las Vegas relocation drama looming over their heads. A's fans will have to catch games on local television and radio, with an infrequent national broadcast here and there.