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Padres get snubbed by Fox

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What do the Padres have in common with the Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, and Colorado Rockies? None of them will be part of Fox's national broadcast schedule in 2015. Between Fox and Fox Sports 1, Major League Baseball's primary national broadcaster is airing 65 games, and you won't be able to see Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, or James Shields in any of them. At present, it appears the only San Diego game airing on a channel other than Fox Sports San Diego is April 8's matchup against the Dodgers, which will air on ESPN 2.

It's far from the first time the Padres have been snubbed by national broadcasters, and in recent years it's been perfectly understandable. San Diego is a small media market and the team spent 6 of the last 7 years under .500. But with A.J. Preller drawing so much attention in his first off season as General Manager, it seems odd that none of that is carrying over to the regular season.

Fox still has a chance to fix its mistake, with a slots on September 26 and October 3 listed as "TBD". And showing the Padres making the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade would be pretty great TV.