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ESPN2’s NL Wild Card Statcast Awarded Sports Illustrated’s “Best Broadcast Innovation”

"The broadcast...embraced where baseball is right now, and where it's likely heading."

ESPN2’s NL Wild Card Statcast crew: (L-R) play-by-play commentator Jason Benetti; MLB.com Statcast writer Mike Petriello; ESPN MLB analyst Eduardo Perez. (Ben Cafardo/ESPN)

Sports Illustrated awarded ESPN2’s Statcast alternative viewing experience of the 2018 National League Wild Card game as its “Best Broadcast Innovation.”

“With Jason Benetti calling plays while stat guru Mike Petriello and former player Eduardo Perez offered their perspectives, the broadcast team ultimately showed a respect for the viewer that can’t be taken for granted,” Sports Illustrated Staff Writer, Jacob Feldman wrote.

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