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Monday, August 28, 2023

Behind the scenes of ‘the show’: Deconstructing a baseball telecast

In the truck, Withers addresses one of his staffers behind him: “Font 1 if we get a foul ball.”

The monitor labeled Font 1 shows the heat map of umpire Alfonso Marquez’s strike-calling bias waiting to be delivered into living rooms across the Chicago TV market. They’re waiting for a foul ball; it’ll allow for a bit more time between pitches to explain the chart. Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras fouls away the next pitch.

Withers presses the button that allows him to speak into Benetti’s and Stone’s ears: “Here’s that scouting report.”

The scouting report appears on the live broadcast.

Says Benetti on the broadcast to Stone: “Here’s that scouting report you were talking about and it’s a good catch.”

Stone had referenced the wider portion of the strike zone earlier.

“Yeah, with the right-handed batters, you have a little bit more of that encouraging zone on the outside part of the plate,” Stone says.

Withers again pushes the button on his control board to speak directly to Stone and Benetti: “Good stuff, guys.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2023 at 12:42 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: August 28, 2023 at 03:12 PM (#6139793)
Very neat article which highlights two wonderful Cardinal moments from this year. The improbable Matz juggle act and the incredibly stupid Contreras base running play which is emblematic of the entire Cardinal season.

This season has made me marvel at the ability of the tv crews to get data out in a way that doesn't appear clumsy with the pitch clock constraints. Super cool behind the scenes view

The Steve Stone discussion reminds me of our mantra at board meetings: Be Brief, Be Beautiful, and Be Gone.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2023 at 03:21 PM (#6139795)
Benetti has quickly turned into one of my favorite broadcasters, I hope he has a team worthy of his talents some day.
   3. DL from MN Posted: August 28, 2023 at 03:43 PM (#6139798)
Good article

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