Greetings Athletics Nation! Spring training has sprung, and that means a bunch of Cactus League games for us to follow. Normally we use those games as an opportunity to hold auditions in the FanPosts, to help fill in any open spots in our regular season Game Thread/Recap rotation.
However, right now we really have no idea what the future holds for Athletics Nation, so it’s not immediately clear what there is to audition for at the moment. But we (Alex, Nico, Josh, baseballgirl, etc.) are still in charge for now, so let’s keep doing our thing and covering the spring games together as a community like we have for the last several years.
I’m posting the Cactus League schedule below, and anyone who is interested can claim a game in the comments section of this post. To start out, we’ll keep it to one game per person, but that rule may be bent later depending on demand. Obviously you do not need to be at the game to cover it, and for some of the non-televised contests you might not have much more than a box score and Gameday play-by-play to work with.
When you choose your game, your job will be to do the following:
- Post the Preview/Game Thread around 30 minutes before game time. (Click here to start your FanPost. We’ll move it from FanPosts to front page and add a photo for you.)
- Post a recap of the game, structured however you wish, within an hour or so after the game. (Again, we’ll promote and add a photo.)
- Bulleted lists should have 3 items but those are the only 2 things you have to do.
There is no specific template for how a spring Game Recap might look, and it’s up to your own judgment and creativity. For some examples, here’s an archive of our regular season recaps from last year, or click the links in the schedule below to check out the ones done by Catfish, Dani, and baseballgirl over the first week of action. Or, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and do your own thing.
Schedule of games to choose from. Games start at noon until 3/8, at which point they switch to 1 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Games that are televised are in italics with their channels (MLB Network, NBC Sports Net, or online at MLB.tv). Games that have been claimed are denoted by the screen names of the individuals who claimed them:
- Sat. 2/22 @ Cubs — CatfishBunter (link)
- Sun. 2/23 vs. Giants — baseballgirl (link)
- Sun. 2/23 @ D’Backs — baseballgirl (link)
- Mon. 2/24 vs. Brewers — Dani Baker-Gillman (link)
- Tue. 2/25 @ Padres — Dani Baker-Gillman (link)
- Wed. 2/26 vs. D’Backs — Dani Baker-Gillman (link)
- Thu. 2/27 vs. Rockies — baseballgirl (link)
- Fri. 2/28 vs. Reds — definitely not Alex (link)
- Sat. 2/29 vs. Indians — Right-Field-Drums (link)
- Sat. 2/29 vs. Indians (NBCS-CA) (1:05 p.m.) — Right-Field-Drums (link)
- Sun. 3/1 @ Royals
- Sun. 3/1 vs. Indians (MLB.tv?) (1:05 p.m.)
- Mon. 3/2 vs. Cubs (MLB.tv?) (6:05 p.m.)
- Tue. 3/3 @ White Sox
- Thu. 3/5 vs. Dodgers (MLB.tv?)
- Fri. 3/6 vs. Reds
- Fri. 3/6 @ Indians
- Sat. 3/7 @ Mariners (MLB.tv?)
- Sun. 3/8 vs. Brewers — Right-Field-Drums
- Mon. 3/9 @ Rangers (MLB.tv?) (6:05 p.m.)
- Tue. 3/10 vs. Royals
- Wed. 3/11 @ Angels (MLB.tv?)
- Thu. 3/12 @ Dodgers (MLB.tv?)
- Fri. 3/13 vs. Rangers (7:05 p.m.)
- Sat. 3/14 vs. Mariners — aljout
- Sat. 3/14 @ Brewers
- Sun. 3/15 vs. Padres
- Tue. 3/17 vs. Angels (MLB.tv?) — Pro4pro32polishA’sfan
- Wed. 3/18 @ Rockies (MLB.tv?) (6:40 p.m.)
- Thu. 3/19 @ Giants (NBCS-BA) (7:05 p.m.)
- Fri. 3/20 vs. White Sox
- Sat. 3/21 vs. Cubs (12:05 p.m.)
- Mon. 3/23 vs. Giants (NBCS-BA) (7:05 p.m.)
- Tue. 3/24 @ Giants (NBCS-CA) (6:45 p.m.)
Sign up in the comments for the game you’d like to cover. Happy Threading!