October 19th 2012 22:56
The MLB Playoffs have been great once again. Games and series have been filled with excitement, outside of the Yankees showing against the Detroit Tigers. Even with October shining on us, there has been a problem for me and that has to do with part of the television broadcasts.
There are no more games on TBS thankfully. They show the "k zone", or whatever you want to call it, the whole game. First of all I've never liked it on any broadcast. Having watched tons of baseball over the years I know what a strike and a ball look like. I don't need an extra visual for that, especially one that is way off. It never adjusted the size of the strike zone, which should change for each batter unless they are all the same height. What makes it worse is that every umpire has a different strike zone so this it just makes viewers frustrated with what are shown as blown calls. It's easy to tell by just watching the game if the call was wrong. Get rid of this stupid, useless visual.
They other problem with the broadcasts for the MLB playoffs started last year and is really only on FOX. The spot of the camera is different in different stadiums but gives pretty much the same view, from centerfield into the catcher. This gives a perfect view of the pitch, its location, and the batters swing. Well FOX thought it would be a great idea to show the game from behind homeplate. This isn't a problem if it would just be on replays, but it isn't. For random pitches the broadcast switches to this view, where you can't tell where the pitch is at, and if the batter hits it you don't know how hard or where the ball is going until they switch to a different camera.
I know these are little problems and some people may like them, but I have no idea why they would. I just want to see the excitement from a view that shows me what is going on and without a visual that implies that I'm an idiot and have never watched basbeall. Outside of that I'm happy; Yankees are out and Cardinals look like they will be playing in their 4th World Series in the last 9 years. Still love October.