We’ve now in the midst of spring-training games, and the discussion centered on how MLB has handled game presentation and game action. MLB is allowing managers to call games at seven innings and to shut down an inning once a pitcher throws 20 pitches. So far these rules have been invoked in some pretty bad ways.
And, in more bad news for the games, the Toronto Blue Jays are running simulcasts and eliminating radio-only broadcasts–a trend we could see accelerate throughout the industry in coming years.
Jesse Goldberg-Strassler is the Voice of the Lansing Lugnuts and the author of The Baseball Thesaurus and The Football Thesaurus from August Publications. Kevin Reichard is publisher at August Publications and Ballpark Digest.
Our Ballpark Digest Broadcaster Chat is also available as an audio-only podcast. You can subscribe to the Ballpark Digest podcasts here:
RELATED STORIES: Tales from The Baseball Thesaurus: Infield; Ballpark Digest Broadcaster Chat for February 24, 2021; Tales from The Baseball Thesaurus: Strikeouts; Our Broadcaster Chats now available as podcast downloads; Ballpark Digest Broadcaster Chat for February 16, 2021