Spring training begins later this week for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and baseball fans in the Coachella Valley will be able to watch a Dodgers’ spring training game from Arizona daily.
SportsNet LA, the Dodgers new television network that debuts Tuesday, Feb. 25, announced plans Tuesday to broadcast all of this year’s Dodgers spring training games, with the exception of two split squad games.
In addition, Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, who returns for a 65th season, will call the network’s inaugural game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at noon, Feb. 26.
“It is an incredible honor to have the remarkable opportunity to call the very first game on the Dodger network,” Scully said in a release. “The Dodgers’ new ownership group has done a wonderful job assembling a team to make SportsNet LA what every Dodger fan deserves, a television network just for them. I’m humbled to be a part of it.”
SportsNet LA will air a total of 22 spring training games live, including the Dodgers’ three Freeway Series exhibition games against the Angels in Los Angeles.
The network also announced that its signature live daily studio show “Access SportsNet: Dodgers” will air at 7 p.m. nightly during Spring Training. The show will be hosted live from the SportsNet LA studios in El Segundo. Veteran LA sports anchor John Hartung will lead the program, alongside longtime Dodger announcer Charley Steiner and former Dodgers Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra, with contributions from recently-retired Dodger Jerry Hairston Jr. and experienced baseball reporter Alanna Rizzo.
“Access SportsNet: Dodgers” will deliver an hour of comprehensive coverage of the team, highlighting the behind-the-scenes access of the new network, while providing fans with the latest information, updates and team features.
SportsNet LA will be available on Time Warner Cable systems across Southern California. Negotiations continue between the network and other cable providers, including DirecTV, Verizon FiOS and Dish Network