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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Cwik: Brian Kenny is ready to televise the sabermetric revolution ... again

Rob Neyer *and* Kevin Millar working together? That was awkwarrrdddddd.

The broadcast should be similar to MLB Tonight’s live look-ins, where the hosts will frequently jump in between games as the action unfolds. Sometimes, they’ll go directly to the local feed or the game, but other times the analysts may talk while the action is still going on.

Kenny said that the latter approach can often lead to some interesting discussions, and that’s what the panel is hoping to capture here. Having four different opinions from four men who have viewed the game through different lenses should help immensely.

“I think with the four of us, it’s just going to be a little more analyst-heavy, but I think it’s the right group. And I think there’s a possibly that this will be something that’s evolutionary in sports broadcasting.”

“In today’s day and age, you want a little more instant analysis and commentary, and we do that all the time on MLB Tonight. I think this is a good way of incorporating it within MLB Now, where we have more in-depth analysts.”

The game, however, will still be a main focus. “I don’t like to let two pitches go by without saying what the count is, or who’s up, or what the options are, or who’s on deck,” Kenny explained. “I think a fan still likes the play-by-play. You still need to have things underlined.”

At the same time, things have changed. While no one is arguing to get rid of traditional broadcasts, the advanced stat revolution has made it so that Kenny and his crew can perform this experiment.

There will still be some who are opposed to advanced metrics, but it’s nearly impossible to ignore how much they are being embraced within the game right now.

“This has been a revolutionary year in baseball,” Kenny said. “The tide has turned. Things that I thought wouldn’t be possible a few years ago are now happening. Troy Tulowitzki is leading off and no one is saying a thing about it. Most every team has an excellent hitter in the two-spot. That wasn’t happening years ago.”

“Managers got smart overnight. And it’s now become a lot more accepted, and hip even, to be able to utilize this information. Jeff Banister and Kevin Cash and A.J. Hinch speak about it all the time openly with pride.”

“That was not the case with managers a few years ago. It was the case in the front offices a few years ago, but now it’s all throughout organizations all the way down to the dugout. I see this as just a natural extension.”

JE (Jason) Posted: August 11, 2015 at 09:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian kenny, mlb network, rob neyer, sabermetrics

Thursday, June 11, 2015

MLB Network Launches Live Authenticated Streaming To Computer And Mobile Devices

Kevin Millar jokin’ around, NOW ON YOUR PHONE!

Baseball fans will now be able to get MLB Network, not only on their television, but on their computer and mobile devices. The network owned by Major League Baseball and their clubs today began providing an authenticated stream of its 24/7, baseball programming via At Bat for smartphones and tablets and online at It marks the first time that a league-owned television sports network has offered live, authenticated stream of its programming on PC/Mac, iPhone, iPad and supported Android smartphones and tablets across multiple distributors.

All MLB Network studio shows, original programming, regular season, Postseason and Spring Training game telecasts, and analysis from the likes of Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Al Leiter, Pedro Martinez, Harold Reynolds, Ken Rosenthal, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci, will be available.

There is a catch as cord-cutters will be unable to access to network show.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 11, 2015 at 11:38 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cable, cord-cutters, mlb network, mobile

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TV Ratings Up, But Teams Still Dependent on Cable Providers

Baseball is dead.

Before getting to baseball’s dependence on the health of major cable companies, here is a brief look at some early season numbers. The first month of the season has seen big increases in viewership for national games on Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network, including double the amount of viewers aged 18 to 34 watching game on Fox Sports 1. The Chicago Cubs have doubled their ratings after their increased commitment in the offseason as well as the arrival of Kris Bryant. The Kansas City Royals have done the same coming off their World Series appearance. The Houston Astros have seen an increase in viewership after finally resolving their local disputes, at least as far as getting their games on all the local cable packages. The Arizona Diamondbacks have seen their highest ratings in a decade while the games of the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres rank first in their broadcast territories among all shows. A recent article by Maury Brown at Forbes showed that baseball games beat playoff games from the NHL and NBA in many markets across the country.

The ratings so far this season are a great indicator of baseball’s popularity. Not only is baseball beating playoffs in other sports, it is also beating first-run shows on networks.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MLB Network analyst hits line drive into co-host’s head -

Next time she needs to come up and in on his grill.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 03:23 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb network, sean casey, television

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Nationals Walk-Off Win Caps Stat cast Debut

Lots of video in the article. Some interesting stuff.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 22, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mlb network, nats, stats



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