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Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while youre at the ballpark

Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while youre at the ballpark
Published On: Mon, Sep 25
Jul 25, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) bats during the sixth inning of his Major League debut against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out:

hey, netting wouldnt be necessary if you simply paid attention! These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or other electronic devices during the game, implying " or sometimes explicitly stating " that if you do that you almost deserve to be hit with a 100 mph foul ball.

The problem with that, though, is that Major League Baseball increasingly encourages fans to use their phones during games. You can order your concessions through them now. Fans are encouraged to use the MLB.com Ballpark app for an increasing number of in-game features. And, of course, the video boards " always in the opposite direction of the hitter " are getting larger and larger and contain more and more information that the clubs and the league want you to see.

But it goes farther than that. Or at least it will soon. As this article from TechCrunch makes clear, in the future, Major League Baseball wants you actually watching the game action through your phone or your iPad. Its an augmented reality feature in which you hold up your tablet and . . .

In essence, its a bit like watching TV broadcast in person, with information overlaid on the action as it happens in real-time. The data is gathered from Statcast, MLBs in-house analytics tool . . . Players on the field, meanwhile, get small, square popups featuring their faces that can be tapped open to offer up personalized player information

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