Miami Marlins: No love from national networks

by: Juan C. Rodriguez February 22nd, 2012 | 9:43 AM

At least during the early part of the season, national television audiences won’t be seeing many Miami Marlins games.

TBS is the latest network to leave the Marlins off its schedule of national broadcasts. Tuesday, the network announced its “Sunday MLB on TBS” slate for April and May. They Yankees, Rays and Red Sox all will appear three times. Even the Royals will be featured on May 6 — because they’re playing the Yankees.

The Marlins aren’t the only team that should feel slighted. The lone National League game during those first eight weeks is Braves at Cardinals on May 13. The only other NL team appearing is the Phillies in an interleague meeting with he Red Sox on May 20.

Earlier this year, ESPN released its Sunday Night Baseball schedule from April 8-July 15, with the exception of June 3-July 1. Ten games featuring 13 different teams have been locked in. No Marlins.

Fox’s Saturday Baseball Game of the Week schedule isn’t any kinder to the Marlins. Fox has access to multiple games per week that they air regionally. The three dates the Marlins are on the schedule: May 12 against the Mets, June 9 against the Rays and June 16 at the Rays. The last two Saturdays of the regular season are wild card dates, allowing Fox to choose games with postseason implications.

The Red Sox, Cubs, Yankees and Giants each will make the maximum nine appearances on FOX. The Rangers, Angels, Braves, and Mets and are scheduled to appear eight times, and the Cardinals and Phillies have seven Fox games apiece.

The Marlins will be on ESPN on April 4 against the Cardinals, the inaugural game at Marlins Park.