The future is now for advanced analytics in baseball as MLB Plus will make it's debut tonight. Through MLB Network and mlb.tv, it will cover the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees game, ensuring it could be seen by a very large audience.
MLB Plus will feature a broadcast team fluent in the latest aspects of advanced scouting in the game, but it will also feature the beloved Statcast, as well as a couple of other broadcast enhancements.
"MLB Plus will place a real-time emphasis on the numbers and metrics used by many of the game's current decision-makers, from spin rate and outfield positioning to exit velocity and lead distance. In addition, MLB Plus will supplement the action with videos explaining the technology used and in-depth prospect reports."
Truly this groundbreaking in spreading the new age of statistics across the game. As for the people that will lend their talents to airing the game, among them will be former Rays top prospect and playoff hero, Fernando Perez.
Here's the rest of the scheduled cast:
• Alyson Footer (MLB.com national correspondent)
• Will Leitch (Sports on Earth senior writer)
• Mike Petriello (MLB.com stats analyst and host of the Statcast™ Podcast)
• Jim Duquette (MLB.com analyst, host of MLB Network Radio's "Power Alley," former GM of Mets and Orioles)
• Daron Sutton (Former play-by-play voice of the Angels [radio, 2000-01], Brewers [television, 2002-06] and D-backs [television, 2007-12])
There are currently six game scheduled to air over the next month, unfortunately there isn't a Rays one among them. Then again, blackout restrictions apply, so count yourself lucky there.
Here's the first slate of games where a MLB Plus simulcast will be available:
|Fri, Apr 29||7:00 PM||New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox|
|Sat, Apr 30||7:00 PM||New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox|
|Fri, May 6||7:00 PM||Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees|
|Thu, May 12||7:00 PM||Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees|
|Thu, May 19||7:00 PM||Washington Nationals @ New York Mets|
|Fri, May 27||7:00 PM||Los Angeles Dodgers @ New York Mets|
Check out the full article on MLB Plus for more information.