Fox keeps innovating for the Giants/Tigers series broadcast with “a Phantom v1610 that can capture images at a stunning 20,000 fps (frames per second). Tested toward the end of the NLCS, this Super X-Mo allows viewers to see such detail as the bend of the bat and the compression of the ball as it makes contact.”
Player Pointer, where “16 small cameras are used to create a panorama of the field, allowing detection of all players. Then, combining the panorama with the high-home camera, the director can call on the shot, which includes graphics that follow the respective player’s movements. Those graphics can include everything from simply his name to stats and other additional information.”
Home Run Tracker “representing both the distance and the trajectory that a home-run ball travels.” (I had written about ESPN’s tracker here)
For in-person fans, both AT&T and Comerica Parks offer plenty of high-def displays, turnstile scanners, wi-fi and other technology. Neither can match the new Marlins Park which incorporates another decade of evolution in baseball park design.
Baseball as a sport is conservative when it comes to replay and dugout technology but everything around it is changing rapidly.
Photo Credit Scatter Plot of Pablo Sandoval (“the Panda”)’s 2012 post-season HRs. He had a magical night in Game 1 of the World Series with 3 HRs.