Instant Stats

As a low-level stat geek, I would argue that the biggest step forward in TV sports is not HD, but graphics packages that can update stats in real time.

I was highly entertained by an ESPN game this week that would list the hitter’s batting average in each situation of the pitch count; .312 when it’s 2-0, but .235 at 2-1, and then .215 at 2-2. I assume that the system is adding data with each pitch, so if a batter sees his third 2-0 pitch of the night the previous outcomes will be reflected in the data.

Not being a graphics person, I don’t know if features like that are more or less work in the truck, but they certainly add to the quality of my viewing experience.


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