ESPN begins Spring Training Tour

From ESPN –

Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour Begins Today

Baseball Tonight to Visit Spring Training Sites in Arizona & Florida

Baseball Tonight made its first stop as part of the Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour today, Feb. 21, in Jupiter, Fla., for a visit with the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.  Baseball Tonight’s tour of Spring Training destinations will include visits to team camps in both Arizona and Florida over a four-week span.

Baseball Tonight’s Tim Kurkjian will be along for each Spring Training stop, joined at times by analysts John Kruk, Terry Francona, Aaron Boone and Rick Sutcliffe.  During each visit, the analysts will interview players and provide in-depth perspective on team preparation and off-season storylines heading into the 2012 MLB season.

“Last year was the most fun I’ve had in over 30 years covering Spring Training, mainly because of having John Kruk as part of the bus tour with me,” said Kurkjian. “The players really enjoyed it when the bus showed up to camp and it was a natural conversation starter.  I fully expect the same amount of enjoyment this year only it won’t just be John, but Terry, Aaron and Rick along for the ride too.”

Content from the Baseball Tonight bus tour will be integrated into weekday Baseball Tonight shows (regularly at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN), along with daily SportsCenter segments and (including local sites in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York).

Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour telecast schedule (taped show dates in parenthesis):

Florida sites
Tue, Feb 21
3:30 p.m. St. Louis Jupiter Kruk/Kurkjian

Wed, Feb 22
3:30 p.m. Miami Jupiter Kruk/Kurkjian

Thu, Feb 23
3:30 p.m. N.Y. Mets Port St. Lucie Kruk/Kurkjian

Fri, Feb 24
3:30 p.m. Washington Viera Kruk/Kurkjian

Mon, Feb 27
3:30 p.m. Atlanta Kissimmee Francona/Kurkjian

Tue, Feb 28
3:30 p.m. Detroit Lakeland Francona/Kurkjian

Wed, Feb 29
3:30 p.m. N.Y. Yankees Tampa Francona/Kurkjian

Thu, March 1
3:30 p.m. Blue Jays Dunedin Francona/Kurkjian

Fri, March 2
3:30 p.m. Philadelphia Clearwater Francona/Kurkjian

Mon, March 5
3:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Port Charlotte Kruk/Kurkjian

Tue, March 6
3:30/11:30 p.m.* Boston Fort Myers Kruk/Kurkjian

Arizona sites
Mon, March 12
3:30 p.m. L.A. Angels Tempe Boone/Kurkjian

Tue, March 13
3:30 p.m. Milwaukee (taped March 11) Glendale Boone/Kurkjian

Sun, March 18
1 p.m.Kansas City (taped March 17) Scottsdale Kurkjian

Sun, March 18
10 p.m.* San Francisco; Seattle (taped March 14) Scottsdale Boone/Kurkjian

Tue, March 20
Midnight* (9 p.m.) Cincinnati Goodyear Boone/Kurkjian

Thu, March 22
3:30 p.m. Chicago White Sox Camelback Sutcliffe/Kurkjian
10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (taped March 16); L.A. Dodgers (taped March 21) Mesa Sutcliffe/Kurkjian

Fri, March 23
3:30 p.m. Cleveland Goodyear Sutcliffe/Kurkjian

Sat, March 24
8 p.m. Arizona/Colorado (taped March 19) Scottsdale Sutcliffe/Kurkjian

Mon., March 26
Midnight (9 p.m.) Texas Surprise Sutcliffe/Kurkjian

*denotes ESPN2 telecast



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