With the start of spring training in Major League Baseball the thoughts of summer sports fans is turning back towards the ballpark. Soon the warm sunny afternoons will be upon us, filling the grandstands and bleachers of the baseball stadiums.
While virtually every Toronto Blue Jays game can be seen on tv and heard on the radio, the same cannot be said about the local Hamilton Cardinals. Out of town games, even those carried in those markets on television, are rarely carried on tv locally. Last season the Hamilton (Thunderbirds) had a fairly solid support of local media coverage in Hamilton with several games televised on Cable 14 and available on the radio through INDI 101.
While the majors have their broadcast rights drawn up for multiple years, locally the deals are done year to year.
“INDI 101 FM continues to be a strong supporter of the Hamilton Cardinals (formerly Thunderbirds),” stated INDI station manager Les Palango, “however we haven’t entered into talks regarding the station taking on the play-by-play broadcasts of the team this year.”
That’s not to say the station isn’t interested, nor is the team not interested in agreeing to the broadcasts this year. The season is still a more than two months away, which means there is still a lot of time to get the ball rolling.
“The key element is trying to secure a play-by-play team of students who can assume the responsibility of working the broadcasts this year. Those discussions are on-going.”
Amanda Tallon, who provided colour commentary for INDI last season is hoping to return to broadcast booth for another year, though without her broadcast partner Greg Balloch. After the end of last season Greg moved to the west coast.
When asked if she would be returning for the upcoming season Amanda responded, “(I) hope so! It’ll depend on scheduling and if I can find a new play-by-play.”
The Cardinals are planning on meeting with Cable 14 in the near future to discuss baseball games once again being broadcast on the cable outlet.
“I was in contact with Cable 14 about a week ago,” Mike Marasco from the Hamiton Cardinals confirmed, “(Brent Rickard) likes the idea of some games being on Cable 14.”
Production and Programming Supervisor Gail Granlund has confirmed that no decisions have been made regarding coverage on Cable 14 this summer. More information should become available with broadcast details sometime in April.
Of course the best place to enjoy a Cardinals baseball game is in the stadium in person. The Hamilton Cardinals home opener takes place Sunday May 13th at 2pm from Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium when the Cards welcome the Guelph Royals.