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MLB Network to go live with in-game player audio

Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:17 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 12:22 pm
By Matt Snyder

At times in the past, I've accused Major League Baseball of being archaic in several facets of the game, so it's only fair I give credit where it's due. This is one of those times. Major League Baseball has announced that they're going to broadcast a spring training game -- between the Indians and Diamondbacks on March 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network -- with live audio from players and coaches.

Up to six players on each team in addition to the coaching staff and each base will have microphones, for an unprecedented level of in-game audio available on broadcast. There will be a slight delay, for obvious (cough, cough) reasons.

“One of the missions of MLB Network is to promote the game of baseball and act as a platform to advance the presentation of the game,” said MLB Network President and CEO Tony Petitti in a statement. “The goal of this production is to bring fans closer to the game and experience it as a player would on the field. Not only are we trying to capture the player reactions and interactions, we want to present the natural sounds of the game, including the crack of the bat, the pop of a glove and the slide into a base like viewers have never heard before.”

It's not a big deal in and of itself that this is being done during a spring training game, which is basically meaningless. But let's look big picture. Obviously the league is working toward this being perfected, at which point they'll start doing it with regular season games. It's pretty cool to envision watching postseason games with this level of access on TV.

Though it didn't air last season, MLB Network did some testing with the technology, and here's a highlight package from the footage, via video:

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Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:01 am

MLB Network to go live with in-game player audio

@Avengersgirl, that is a ridiculous statement, if that is what you want, then simply turn the volume down on your television :) easy enough to solve. As for your comments of the players entertaining us, um, isn't that whay they play??? I mean besides money that is. This is new and fun, and I like the idea, I do think we should be a little more European and just go un-censored on the whole deal, but that would not be horribly family oriented and I would love it if the younger generations adopted baseball. Fun idea, I'm excited to check it out.

Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:43 am
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Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:46 am

MLB Network to go live with in-game player audio

This is GREAT!  Can't wait to see it during the regular season soon!  GO TIGERS!

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:16 pm

MLB Network to go live with in-game player audio

Uh, they do it all the other sports so why not baseball? It can only help baseball gain some popularity back. I mean NFL Films was groundbreaking in their coverage of football by letting the fans hear what was going on during the game. I think it can only help baseball.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:25 pm

MLB Network to go live with in-game player audio

@ AvengersGirl...relax, it's spring training.  It's people like you that are the reason baseball is considered archaic and falling behind the times. 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:50 pm

MLB Network to go live with in-game player audio

This is stupid. Players and managers need to concentrate on the game, not put on a show for the audience by talking - and making sure they don't swear or say something offensive.

I don't want to hear what coaches have to say in between innings, nor do I want to hear what players have to say. Just play the game!

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