The Red Sox announced that select players and coaches will be mic'd up during games for the 2020 season, beginning with center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Sports broadcasts will have to get more creative than ever with their presentation as the 2020 season resumes across all of the major leagues. We're already seeing it in baseball, with spiffy features like piped-in crowd noise and cardboard cutout fans. In Boston, the plan is to mic up players and coaches.
That's what the Red Sox have announced before their 2020 season opener against the Baltimore Orioles (via CBS Boston), as center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will be first to step to the plate for his lapel mic. The feature has been seen before in baseball, including with former Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts - albeit in exhibitions like spring training games and the All-Star Game.
Bradley is definitely a safe choice in terms of what he'll say. I mean if he just all of a sudden started ranting about the deep state that would truly be something else. But even generic banter will be better than just isolating the TV cameras on Bradley while he stands there, spittin'. It's also quite possible that Bradley will be featured in a mic'd up video, which the team did recently with first base coach Carlos Febles.
And it will definitely be far less creepy than FOX's plan to add CGI fans to the stadium. We will ultimately come out of the Great Sports Restart™ deciding which new features worked and which ones did not.
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