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A's broadcast preview: The Bay Area's playoff team gets no respect

The two-time AL West champion Oakland A's are barely on national TV this year.
The two-time AL West champion Oakland A's are barely on national TV this year.
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When you look the A's 2014 national broadcast schedule, it's hard to believe this is a squad that's won its division and made the playoffs two years in a row. The lack of attention paid to the green and gold is disrespectful to say the least, but probably par for the course for most A's fans, who are used to seeing the team be ignored.

For example, there is only one single regional contests currently scheduled for Fox Saturdays. It's June 7th, when the A's visit the Orioles, and you'll see it on KTVU channel 2. Last year, Fox had slated six appearances with the A's, so this is a significant downgrade.

But it's better than ESPN which has nothing scheduled with the A's through the end of May, which is as far as the Worldwide Leader has released its MLB slate as of now.

The one saving grace nationally is MLB Network, the leagues own outlet, which has the green and gold five times in April. This includes Tuesday's matchup against the Indians, the entire three-game series at the Twins from the 7th through the 10th, and a visit from the Astros on the 19th. The network hasn't formulated its schedule beyond April, so it's possible more A's matchups could be added. But don't forget, MLB telecasts don't air here when the contest is also on CSN California.

Speaking of the A's flagship outlet, except for the game on Fox, look for the green and gold on CSN Cali, which has almost all A’s contests except for a handful of weekday day games. Glen Kuiper and Ray Fosse continue as the TV voices of the A’s.

A few CSN Cali telecasts will shift to CSN Plus, which can be found on Comcast Hometown Network channel 104, while the Sharks are in the playoffs.

Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo are the A’s radio announcers on 95.7 FM The Game, which is also our ESPN Radio affiliate.

Amaury Pi-Gonzalez will continue to call A's games in Spanish, alongside Manolo Hernandez-Douen, on KIQI 1010 AM. Once again, Spanish-language broadcasts are only available for home games, another area where the team is behind other squads with similar radio audiences, many of which do road contests as well.

If the A's play well and make another run for the playoffs, it's possible that national broadcasters may take another look at the two-time AL West champs.

Don't hold your breath.

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