Spring recently has been in, and soon will be on, the air locally.
The Cardinals begin Grapefruit League play Monday, and KMOX (1120 AM) again will be bumping high-profile midday political commentator Rush Limbaugh to make room for spring training baseball broadcasts.
KMOX will carry all 16 contests aired by the Cardinals Radio Network, eight on weekday afternoons — thus pre-empting Limbaugh on those days. That was unheard of when KMOX used to have the Redbirds broadcasts, as Rush ruled and the only spring games airing live on "The Mighty Mox'' were on weekends or at night. Some stations on the network carried weekday afternoon games, but the local audience was limited to highlights at night.
But after losing the Cards for five seasons to KTRS (550 AM), part of the deal for the Redbirds to return last season included the stipulation that KMOX air all spring games that are broadcast. This year that happens on 16 of the 28 days they play, beginning with the Grapefruit opener, at 12:05 p.m. Monday against Miami.
On TV • Fox Sports Midwest is set to televise five Cards spring games — March 17 vs. Detroit, March 19 vs. Atlanta, March 20 vs. Houston, March 22 vs. Washington and March 24 vs. the New York Mets. All games begin shortly after noon. MLB Network also has the Redbirds-Marlins game on Saturday, and the Cards-Mets matchup March 13.
And MLB Network shows a replay of Tuesday's Cardinals-Mets contest at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The Birds aren't on ESPN's spring slate, which has the Yankees and Red Sox scheduled three times each.