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On 7/8/2019 at 9:46 PM, Kramerica Industries said:

ESPN has been mailing it in with their production quality towards MLB broadcasts for some time now. The production, commentary, audio; everything is utter piss these days.

FOX Sports is no better. I almost kicked in my television set after they split screened the All Star Game player introductions with some guitarists I cared nothing about.

 

Ratings were a record low. There are many possible explanations for this, but FOX making the telecast feel like a bloated 3 hour infomercial at times certainly isn't helping things.

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8 hours ago, Marlins93 said:

FOX Sports is no better. I almost kicked in my television set after they split screened the All Star Game player introductions with some guitarists I cared nothing about.

 

Ratings were a record low. There are many possible explanations for this, but FOX making the telecast feel like a bloated 3 hour infomercial at times certainly isn't helping things.

 

A couple of years ago, Game 7 of the Yankees-Astros ALCS was on FS1 while a Kansas-TCU college football game was on Fox.

 

If that doesn't tell you where the priorities (and maybe Big XII contract stipulations) at Fox lay, then I dunno what does. MLB has allowed their television partners to treat the sport like a second-rate product, so who can be surprised if that's what we're getting? MLB isn't a priority with any of the three television partners it has. 

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15 hours ago, Kramerica Industries said:

 

The biggest drawback, and somewhat legitimately really, is that it's harder to get a foul ball with extended netting. But there's a catch here as well, and that is that the areas of the field where extended netting would be applied - we're not talking about doing like they do in Japan with the netting extended all the way the foul poles; nobody has endorsed that - are areas where you aren't very likely to get a foul ball anyway. That close to the plate, if one's hit too hard, you're getting out of the way, and any softly hit ones are most likely to end up being tossed into the front rows anyway, usually to children (obligatory Bill Burr [sfw]). If you want a foul ball (or better, a home run!), you're gonna need to be sitting further out down the lines or in the outfield. And that part isn't affected by protective netting, so you should be ok.

 

I'm all for anything that makes it more difficult for adult child Zack Hample to collect baseballs. 

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8 hours ago, Marlins93 said:

FOX Sports is no better. I almost kicked in my television set after they split screened the All Star Game player introductions with some guitarists I cared nothing about.

 

Ratings were a record low. There are many possible explanations for this, but FOX making the telecast feel like a bloated 3 hour infomercial at times certainly isn't helping things.

 

I watched an inning. They sandwiched in some synergistic sponsored content ad, followed by a very strange vignette of Yelich and Bellinger trading compliments in a portrait studio. It was awkward and cringey for everyone involved. Who's greenlighting this nonsense?

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3 hours ago, Kramerica Industries said:

 

A couple of years ago, Game 7 of the Yankees-Astros ALCS was on FS1 while a Kansas-TCU college football game was on Fox.

 

If that doesn't tell you where the priorities (and maybe Big XII contract stipulations) at Fox lay, then I dunno what does. MLB has allowed their television partners to treat the sport like a second-rate product, so who can be surprised if that's what we're getting? MLB isn't a priority with any of the three television partners it has. 

Well part of that is to get people to buy that channel

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Angels tossed a combined no no on their first night back home after the death of Tyler Skaggs, while they were all wearing Skaggs 45 jerseys. 

 

This is why no matter how rough it’s been for baseball lately, I’ll always love this silly little game. 

 

 

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Incredible night to catch my first in-person no-hitter, huh?

 

From Tyler Skaggs’ mom tossing a perfect first pitch, to a 7-run first inning in a 13-0 win (Skaggs birthday is 7/13, Saturday), to Trout hitting a 454-foot home run in a No. 45 jersey, to the no-hitter (11th in Angels history, Skaggs’ high school number was 11 as worn by his brother tonight), to it being No. 45 everywhere you turned... it was a special night honoring the memory of Tyler Skaggs. Hell, I’m quite sure he was still on that field tonight.

 

It was emotional. I was emotional. Everything in the pre-game sent me to the waterworks with the video and the 45-second moment of silence. The no-hitter was something in itself, but the placing of all the jerseys on the mound... I mean, again, waterworks. There was just no stopping it.

 

I honestly still can’t believe what I witnessed. Baseball is funny. Sports are incredible.

 

We’re nasty. RIP 45.

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2 hours ago, Still MIGHTY said:

Incredible night to catch my first in-person no-hitter, huh?

 

From Tyler Skaggs’ mom tossing a perfect first pitch, to a 7-run first inning in a 13-0 win (Skaggs birthday is 7/13, Saturday), to Trout hitting a 454-foot home run in a No. 45 jersey, to the no-hitter (11th in Angels history, Skaggs’ high school number was 11 as worn by his brother tonight), to it being No. 45 everywhere you turned... it was a special night honoring the memory of Tyler Skaggs. Hell, I’m quite sure he was still on that field tonight.

 

It was emotional. I was emotional. Everything in the pre-game sent me to the waterworks with the video and the 45-second moment of silence. The no-hitter was something in itself, but the placing of all the jerseys on the mound... I mean, again, waterworks. There was just no stopping it.

 

I honestly still can’t believe what I witnessed. Baseball is funny. Sports are incredible.

 

We’re nasty. RIP 45.

 

I wish I could have made the trip down again to catch tonight's game. Went on a socal road trip with my dad to catch a few games. Caught Skaggs last start. Did the stadium tour the Monday morning he passed. Rip45

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I caught the end of it on ESPN - that was a really cool moment with all the jerseys on the plate.  Really well done by the team - eeryone wearing 45 was a nice touch.

 

Now, emotions aside, are combined no-hitters really a big deal?  I always found it odd that the guy that clinches it is a pitcher that threw one... maybe two innings, and they all celebrate around him.  The Phillies had one a few years ago, and I was like "meh".  It's not like after a traditional no hitter where the pitcher really did something great and they celebrate with him when it's over... it's kinda like just another win but with a 0 in the opponent's hit column.

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4 minutes ago, BringBackTheVet said:

I caught the end of it on ESPN - that was a really cool moment with all the jerseys on the plate.  Really well done by the team - eeryone wearing 45 was a nice touch.

 

Now, emotions aside, are combined no-hitters really a big deal?  I always found it odd that the guy that clinches it is a pitcher that threw one... maybe two innings, and they all celebrate around him.  The Phillies had one a few years ago, and I was like "meh".  It's not like after a traditional no hitter where the pitcher really did something great and they celebrate with him when it's over... it's kinda like just another win but with a 0 in the opponent's hit column.

 

It’s definitely not the same as a regular single-pitcher no-hitter.

 

Last night’s was just two pitchers. Taylor Cole was the “opener” (I honestly hate this trend) for two innings, and Felix Pena pitched the final seven. If you’re going to have a combined no-hitter, this is the way to go.

 

But yes, the more pitchers involved, the less special it feels to me. It’s still an accomplishment, but more and more pitchers diminish it. Last night’s was special for extra outside reasons, so I’m never going to knock this one. But I agree with your sentiment.

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14 minutes ago, Still MIGHTY said:

 

It’s definitely not the same as a regular single-pitcher no-hitter.

 

Last night’s was just two pitchers. Taylor Cole was the “opener” (I honestly hate this trend) for two innings, and Felix Pena pitched the final seven. If you’re going to have a combined no-hitter, this is the way to go.

 

But yes, the more pitchers involved, the less special it feels to me. It’s still an accomplishment, but more and more pitchers diminish it. Last night’s was special for extra outside reasons, so I’m never going to knock this one. But I agree with your sentiment.

 

I feel slightly different about combined no hitters. Obviously the preferred is 1 guy getting it done. But it is impressive that multiple different guys can come in and still shut down an offense. 

 

How many times have we seen a starter come out after the 7th dealing, just to have some reliever start giving up the game cause he just didnt have it. Plus for a hitter sometimes seeing someone new after being shutdown by the other guy is what you need to get your bat going.

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On 7/13/2019 at 2:27 AM, Bucfan56 said:

Angels tossed a combined no no on their first night back home after the death of Tyler Skaggs, while they were all wearing Skaggs 45 jerseys. 

 

This is why no matter how rough it’s been for baseball lately, I’ll always love this silly little game. 

 

 

 

It's cool when these things happen. Like when Dee Gordon hit a lead-off home run during the Jose Fernandez memorial game after first taking the first pitch from the opposite side of the plate as a tribute.

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The Rays almost made history to pull off a combined perfecto against Baltimore. But, a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth and a run spoiled the party. But, Tampa still managed to hold them off, and win 4-1.

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