Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Espn Newsbeat

Monday, April 20, 2015

VICE SPORTS: AGAINST ESPN’S K-ZONE, WHICH IS THE WORST

The centerfield camera sits at the center of this operation, and only its ubiquity keeps us from recognizing it as the miracle it is. With this shot, pioneered by NBC producer Harry Coyle in the middle of last century, anyone at home—or at the bar, or in line for takeout—can see the flight of a pitch better than all but a handful of people in the actual stadium. It makes what had been in the pre- and early-television days the work of conjecture or imagination—the particular break of a slider, the height of a high fastball—plainly visible. It makes your sofa, when it comes to matters of pitch-to-pitch clarity, the best seat in the house.

Still, the view is imperfect. Ask Orlins. “Centerfield cameras are a little bit of an illusion since they are slightly off to the side,” he said during his spring PR derby. “You might think you can tell when the ball is over home plate, but you really can’t.” ESPN’s new box is here to correct that imperfection, to close the gap between sight and knowledge.

But whatever small gains the K-Zone delivers in terms of clarity—not many, to my agitated eyes—are far outnumbered by the jarring, video-gameish aesthetic presence. Philosophically, it’s even worse: K-Zone coats live action in crude binary, every pitch and swing decreed good or bad according to which side of the border the circle appears on and its closeness to the gray line. Though the markings themselves are light enough, as Orlins has been sure to stress, their mere presence makes the old appreciations nearly impossible. A swing and miss at a pitch in the zone becomes less forgivable—it was right there!—and a fastball just off the corner, instead of being clever but untaken bait, is just a big white ball. A called strike that does not show in the rectangle, of course, is tragic and unjust.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball on television, espn, k-zone, media

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
A triple short of the cycle
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP - July 2015: Winning the Political Game: Politics is More Like Baseball Than Football
(6249 - 6:18pm, Aug 01)
Last: Morty Causa

NewsblogOT: Soccer June 2015
(1442 - 6:00pm, Aug 01)
Last: Mefisto

NewsblogOMNICHATTER FOR AUGUST 1, 2015
(20 - 5:59pm, Aug 01)
Last: Biff, highly-regarded young guy

NewsblogJim Callis: Ranking the best traded prospects | MLB.com
(9 - 5:56pm, Aug 01)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogTeixeira Homers From Both Sides as Yanks Rout White Sox 13-6 - The New York Times
(31 - 5:43pm, Aug 01)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogWHAT NATS' TRADE FOR PAPELBON SAYS ABOUT THEIR FAITH IN STOREN
(14 - 5:32pm, Aug 01)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

NewsblogMLB trade deadline losers | FOX Sports
(1 - 4:50pm, Aug 01)
Last: sinicalypse

NewsblogWith baseball's 2nd-worst record, a lost season for Marlins
(11 - 4:37pm, Aug 01)
Last: Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman

NewsblogThis Is The Refusal Roberto Clemente Got When He Asked For A Raise
(31 - 4:26pm, Aug 01)
Last: Shibal

NewsblogThere Is Crying In Baseball: Wilmer Flores Hit A Walk Off Home Run!
(19 - 3:38pm, Aug 01)
Last: bobm

NewsblogTrade Chatter - 2015 Deadline
(609 - 3:38pm, Aug 01)
Last: Dog on the sidewalk

NewsblogDiamondbacks GM Dave Stewart: Padres asked for Paul Goldschmidt in trade
(7 - 2:48pm, Aug 01)
Last: 6 - 4 - 3

NewsblogPirates acquire Joakim Soira from Tigers | MLB.com
(18 - 12:48pm, Aug 01)
Last: The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott)

NewsblogFormer Tigers pitcher Billy Pierce dies at 88
(11 - 11:25am, Aug 01)
Last: asinwreck

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - July 2015
(1714 - 9:48am, Aug 01)
Last: Norcan

Page rendered in 0.1888 seconds
47 querie(s) executed