Baseball season is almost here. Area fans have an extra reason to be happy. A local television station will broadcast Chicago White Sox games throughout the 2015 Major League Baseball season.
“FOX 28 is proud to announce our partnership with the Chicago White Sox,” the station said in a news article posted on their website.
The deal with the White Sox will bring 55 over-the-air games to their broadcast channel known as H&I. H&I broadcasts on digital channel 28.2.
Fans typically need cable TV to catch the White Sox. WGN America and Comcast SportsNet Chicago are the two main cable-based broadcasters for the team. The team swapped out Chicago-based WCIU for WPWR this season, but neither channel has signals that reach South Bend households.
The first game to air on FOX 28’s H&I will be the April 8th away game against the Kansas City Royals. The Royals went to the World Series last year, losing to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7. It was their first World Series appearance since 1985.
The White Sox, who have beefed up their roster in the off season, are hoping to contend for the AL Central this season. The team had one of the worst records in baseball in 2013 but improved in 2014.
As we previously reported, the White Sox have picked up starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, reliever David Robertson, outfielder Melky Cabrera, and first baseman Adam LaRoche since the 2014 season ended. They retain ace starting pitcher Chris Sale as well as AL Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu, among other notable players.
Opening Day for the White Sox at US Cellular Field in Chicago is April 10 against the Minnesota Twins.