If you're a New York Yankees fan who's ready to follow every last storyline this spring training, then you'll be glad to know a good portion of the games will be broadcast on the YES Network. As for the others, some might be on MLB TV and some might be unwatchable. Such is life when you're dealing with the preseason.
In total, the Yankees will play 29 games this spring in Florida. Pitchers and catchers will report to Tampa on Thursday, Feb. 16, followed by position players on Monday, Feb. 20. Spring training games will begin on Sunday, Feb. 26, with the Yankees taking on the Atlanta Braves.
The YES Network will broadcast 13 of the team's 29 games this spring after revealing the slate on Feb. 2. An overwhelming majority of them are 1 p.m. games, so make sure you have the YES app handy on your phone to watch them at work.
The schedule is subject to change, however, likely in the event of rainouts or conflicts with other YES Netowrk-related broadcasts. For now, though, here's what you can start planning for less than three weeks from now.
YES Network reveals Yankees 2023 spring training broadcast schedule
Even for non-diehards, this slate of spring games should be captivating for most Yankees fans. There will be multiple position battles, most notably for left field and shortstop, in addition to other top prospects outside of Anthony Volpe looking to make an impression. We don't know exactly who they are yet, but we can safely assume Jasson Dominguez, Everson Pereira and Austin Wells will be among the young wave.
As for other non-roster invites, the Yankees brought in Rafael Ortega (OF), Willie Calhoun (OF), Gray Fenter (P), Ian Hamilton (P), WIlmer Difo (INF) and others with hopes of fostering competition and providing minor-league depth.
As for the less impressive big leaguers, fans will be keeping a close on eye on players like Aaron Hicks, Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa, all of whom badly need serviceable starts to the 2023 season or else the groans will grow louder.
The party starts on Feb. 26. Be there with the rest of Yankees Twitter, and let's try to keep the conversations tame in the early going. Please?