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Friday, April 12, 2019

What is going on with Major League Baseball’s video highlights?

Let’s talk about video clips. As in video clips of baseball highlights the sort of which you are used to sites like this and others embedding in posts or sharing on social media. The sort of clips that have been part of the online baseball media and baseball fan landscape for several years now.

Until this year there had been a pattern of increasing availability and sharability of such clips. MLB.com and its various social media arms had, over the years, gotten better and better at putting such clips up quickly and effectively. A couple of years ago they created a dedicated, searchable video page at MLB.com that could get anyone clips of almost any notable highlight going back years. Last year they even added a searchable GIF database to it, which included both great plays and all manner of whimsy. The result of all of this was a super-engaging way to share great baseball moments with friends or readers or anyone who may have an interest in seeing a killer baseball highlight.

And then, this year, something changed.

At the rate it’s going, highlights of recent games might become harder to find than color episodes of The Steve Allen Plymouth Show.

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: highlights, mlb, video

Monday, April 08, 2019

MLB.com has inexplicably made it more difficult to find, watch, and share highlights

Previously, if you clicked on the videos tab, you would see a page of the most popular recent videos, with an easy to use search bar at the top of the screen. Now, clicking on the videos tab simply brings you to the most popular recent videos, with no search bar. With all due respect to Bryce Harper and his mammoth home run on Tuesday night, that’s not what I’m looking for.

Furthermore, if you click on “most popular” to see other categories of videos, all you get are options like “spring training,” “free agent and trade talk,” and “must C,” instead of anything actually useful. Hovering over the videos tab on the main page gives you more options, including the seemingly useful “shareable videos/GIFs” option…which is not actually useful. A simple search on this page (for example, “Harper”) gives you a bunch of gifs, all of which are celebration-based, and videos from…Spring Training. Just for the hell of it, if you search for “Laureano,” looking for highlight videos from Oakland’s laser-armed outfielder, you’ll come across zero gifs and a bunch of videos from Spring Training and last season (and not his incredible throw from Tuesday night).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2019 at 11:01 PM | 10 comment(s)
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