It feels like just yesterday the San Diego Padres lost the NLCS. Incredibly, Bob Melvin's club will play baseball again this Friday.
A lot has happened between the Padres' NLCS defeat and the start of spring training.
A cavalcade of new players joined the team via free agency, including Xander Bogaerts, Seth Lugo, Nelson Cruz, Matt Carpenter, and Michael Wacha. It'd be great if these newcomers showed out in spring training.
That would certainly add to the growing excitement surrounding the Padres. Manny Machado and Juan Soto crushing some moon shot home runs would also do the trick. As would a couple dominant outings from Blake Snell, Nick Martinez, Joe Musgrove, and Yu Darvish once he's back from the World Baseball Classic.
All that matters ultimately, though, is San Diego avoids crushing injuries, and doesn't look overwhelmed by the return of baseball. As long as those scenarios are avoided, spring training will go down as a success.
Let's take a look at where you can watch Padres spring training.
How to watch Padres Spring Training games on TV
Fans can catch 17 of the Padres 31 spring training games on Bally Sports San Diego, including 10 live broadcasts and seven simulcasts. The first of these will come this Friday against the Mariners at the Peoria Sports Complex.
The simulcasted games will be produced by the road team. For example, Bally Sports Arizona will carry the game when the Padres play the Diamondbacks. Bally Sports West will carry the game when San Diego goes to battle against the Angels, and Bally Sports Wisconsin will serve as chief producer when the Padres play Milwaukee.
Other televised games include fixtures agaisnt the Dodgers on Feb. 27, the A's on March 5, the Reds on March 8, the Giants on March 13, the Brewers on March 18, and Royals on March 23 before the spring TV schedule concludes on March 26 when San Diego hosts Seattle in Peoria.
In total, 17 of the Padres 31 spring games will be on television. Additionally, fans on the go can catch spring contests on 97.3 The Fan. The station will broadcast at least 16 Catctus League games. As per, Jesse Agler will be on play-by-play and Tony Gwynn Jr. will provide color commentary.
The Padres will also offer a video webcast for seven games available on the team website, so there are other platforms to catch spring training.
Before you panic, yes, the great Don Orsillo will return to the booth for ALL spring telecasts. He'll be joined by one of Mark Sweeney or Mark Grant.