Today is the first off-day of the 2011 season. Even though the first six games haven’t been pretty, it is still better than having no baseball at all.
Just because the big leaguers aren’t playing doesn’t mean there isn’t Cardinals baseball to be found. Off days give us a great chance to pay attention to the kids playing in the minor league system. Gameday audio for most of these games are streamed for free, courtesy of MiLB.com. Cardinals fans will be most interested in
If the radio station listed above is not carrying the game, try the opponent’s broadcast. A complete listing of all the minor league broadcasts can be found here.
A special note to iPhone/iPad users: Tune In Radio is a great application that can stream most of these broadcasts. The home radio stations for each of the Cardinals farm teams is
Memphis – WBHQ AM 560, alternate broadcasts on The Pig
Springfield – Jock 98.7 FM
Quad Cities (tbd)
Palm Beach (tbd)
Batavia – WBTA
Another good use of Tune In Radio is catching the Cardinals pre and post game coverage on KMOX. Little of this is carried by the various MLB sources (Gameday Audio, MLB TV, MLB at Bat) and Tune In Radio lets you keep up with all of the coverage. I’ve even been known to use it as a DVR and record the Tony La Russa show on Sunday mornings.
The next time the Cardinals have a day off or are playing in the East or West time zones, take advantage of the free streaming audio and follow the kids as they develop their skills.