Tampa Bay Rays add Kevin Burkhardt to broadcast; What games will be on TV this Spring?
By Rylan Stiles
The Tampa Bay Rays announced that Kevin Burkhardt will join the Fox Sports Sun broadcast for twenty games this season. Also inside, what games can you watch this Spring Training?
Kevin Burkhardt is a long time baseball media veteran. Most popular nationally for his work with nation Fox as an in studio host for their Major League Baseball coverage. Burkhardt is also a great play by play voice for the NFL on FOX. This 20 game stint with the Tampa Bay Rays will not be his first rodeo in covering localized baseball. He was apart of the SNY Mets coverage for years.
Do not worry, The regular Rays broadcaster, Dewayne Staats, is not being phased out. Nothing for him is changing. Besides the fact that when the 66 year old needs an off day, or 20, throughout the course of the long 162 game grind, the Tampa Bay Rays have a regular replacement in Kevin Burkhardt. All of Burkhardt’s play by play duties will come on road trips.
So what games can you watch this Spring Training?
Kevin Burkhardt will not be on the call for any Spring Training games, and you can listen to every spring training contest on the radio broadcast, or the MLB dot com broadcast.
The first game that will be televised will be Sunday afternoon against the New York Yankees. FS Sun will pick that one up, and MLB Network will nationally broadcast the game via the FS Sun feed.
Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays will take on the Miami Marlins, and the FS Sun crew will carry that one as well.
Feb. 27th the Rays will be back on TV against the Redsox on FS Sun.
March 2nd will have Tampa Bay taking on the Phillies on FS Sun.
March 6th the Rays and Orioles face off on FS Sun at 1:05 EST.
The same match up and timeslot will also be featured on March 9th on FS Sun.
March 10th will be another battle between the Spring Rays and Spring Red Sox this time on NESN, the Red Sox broadcast partner. That game will be able to be seen on MLBN or live on MLB.Tv.
March 11th the Phillies will broadcast their tilt with the Rays on NBCSP.
March 12th the Bluejays will broadcast the game against the Rays on SNO at 1:07 EST.
March 15th will see the Rays on TV on FS Sun as well as FSD against the Tigers. The rare two stream Spring game.
March 16th the Twins and Rays will be on TV on FS Sun.
March 17th will be on the Red Sox broadcast NESN but still a chance to see the Rays.
March 19th the Tampa Bay Rays will see the Yankees, again and again, be on TV via FS Sun and the YES network.
March 21st the Rays take on the Red Sox again and are on NESN for a 6:05 EST start.
On March 22nd the Rays and Pirates face off on FS Sun at 1:05 EST.
March 25th will see the Tampa Bay Rays and Phillies, again…The game will be shown on NBCSP.
On March 26th at 11:35 CST, the Rays and Tigers play a game on FS Sun to wrap up Spring Training.
After an off day on the 27th, it is opening day time against the Astros!
You can check back every Sunday throughout the season for an edition of the Weekly preview that will cover what games are coming up that week, and where you can get the coverage. Along with other important news and notes.