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Sound fundamentals: ESPN’s in-game player interviews a hit

Spring Training provides ideal setting for this innovative approach to MLB coverage

ESPN continues to evolve its Major League Baseball game production through the use of technology and providing viewers tremendous access to the game. During its slate of Spring Training telecasts, ESPN conducted two in-game player interviews.

When the Boston Red Sox played the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts wore a microphone while in the field discussing everything from bowling etiquette to his chances of making a catch mid stride . . .

On Thursday, March 22, Minnesota Twins first baseman Logan Morrison was mic’d up with the new Sunday Night Baseball commentator team, as the Twins took on the New York Yankees.

“We look for every opportunity to use technology to personalize the players. These interviews provided in-game access rarely heard by the fans,” said Phil Orlins, ESPN MLB senior coordinating producer. “We’re looking forward to an MLB season on ESPN that will showcase special regular-season games in both Puerto Rico and Mexico and additional on-screen innovations including a new graphics package, K-Zone 3D and Front Row Cam to name a few.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: See ESPN MLB’s new animations and graphics package and learn more about the Opening Week schedule, which starts Thursday, March 29.