This being an even-numbered year, Giants fans are hoping the G-Men return to the playoffs and perhaps grab another World Series victory. On the way, we'll have to contend with a national broadcast schedule that's less robust than has been the case in previous years.
For example, Fox, which has shifted most Saturday telecasts to its new Fox Sports 1 outlet, has only scheduled five of the nine Giants offerings its allowed to show. The first two are at the Dodgers on FS1, this Saturday and on May 10. They're also on Fox itself, locally KTVU channel 2, July 5th at the Padres and on September 6 at the Tigers. The remaining FS1 telecast is August 23 at the Nationals.
Things are not as good on ESPN. Though the Worldwide Leader hasn’t filled in its entire Sunday Night Baseball lineup yet, the G-men currently have only one scheduled date against, guess who, the Dodgers. It's this Sunday and, just to make things even worse, it's actually on ESPN2.
The league’s own outlet, MLB Network, also tends to adopt a wait-and-see attitude beyond April. The Giants appear only once in the opening month, on the 12th against the Rockies.
There’s better news for those of us in the Bay Area. The orange and black have 15 scheduled contests on KNTV channel 11, which kicks things off on April 11 against the aforementioned Rockies. Ten of those broadcasts are on Fridays, two on Monday, one Wednesday, one Thursday, and a Saturday. Four of them are against the Dodgers, with the other broadcasts scattered amongst a variety of teams, including the A's.
The Giants flagship TV home is, once again, CSN Bay Area which airs every contest not offered on KNTV, Fox, or ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, but does carry contests simultaneously with Fox Sports 1. CSN also produces KNTV telecasts and has pre and post-game coverage on its own channel regardless of who airs the game itself.
Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow, known affectionately as "Kruk and Kuip", continue as CSN’s lead announcers.
The English-language radio outlet is, as always, KNBR 680 AM. Jon Miller continues his role as “the Voice of the Giants” along with Dave Flemming. Miller will continue to slide over to TV for KNTV telecasts alongside Krukow, and Kuiper will replace him on radio during those occasions.
Erwin Higueros and Tito Fuentes are the Spanish-language radio announcers on KTRB 860 AM, and this year, they're expanding by doing road contests in LA, San Diego, and Oakland in addition to home games. However, since they don't do all road matchups, the Giants are still behind many other teams with Spanish-language radio broadcasts.
If you believe the Giants are a dynasty and are destined to make the playoffs in even-numbered years, you'll want to tune in and find out if they prove the national networks wrong.
It all starts Monday. Play ball!