Spring training opener (and how to hear it)

Spring training. A time for players to shake off the rust and for teams to work out the rosters and lineups before the regular season begins.

It’s also apparently a time for MLB to work out the kinks in its website. Despite a forum admin on MLB’s audio service support board saying the service would be available by yesterday — presumably for the start of spring training — nothing was available and, if just taking a quick scan of the site, you’d think there’s nothing available yet today either. But I’m here to help, friends!

The Toronto Blue Jays play their first spring training game roughly 30 minutes from when I’m typing this and you can indeed sign up for Gameday Audio before first pitch. If you go to the MLB website and try to listen to an audio feed of a game, it should prompt you to buy the service. Failing that, a forum admin is now urging people to buy the service by using this link, but based on the forum admin’s previous statements, I’d be a bit leery of that.

So yes, it is possible to sign up for MLB’s Gameday Audio service for the 2010 season right now. Whether it’ll actually work once first pitch comes around is another question. If it doesn’t, you could always try andy mc’s approach.

And if you’re wondering why there seems to be some problems with launching the service this year, some direct messages exchanged with the MLB Twitter account lead me to believe there’s some sort of technical issue. No clue as to what it might be, but as someone who works at a large corporation that experiences various technical issues on an almost daily basis, I understand that these things happen. The frustrating thing though is that when these issues crop up with a company like MLB, it directly affects the fans — the people who, to paraphrase Mike D, put the satin in their panties.

But the guy behind MLB’s Twitter seems nice enough. So there is that.

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