This season I've been watching more games from other teams around the league than in years past and I've noticed something. A good number of teams are broadcast on local FSN affiliates and they all seem to have the same in game technology that they put to use during the broadcasts. All of them except the Pirates that is.
It seems like most of them will go to the strike zone graphic on close calls to show the pitch location, and also go to a more advanced "Fox Trax" system that shows the speed out of the hand, speed at the plate, and the break on the pitch. Sure it's all stuff you can see online if you really want to, but I like having it come up on the screen during the appropriate situations. For some reason the Pirates broadcasts never do it. I feel like they must have it available, because I know at least once last year they introduced the basic strike zone/pitch location graphic, showed it for one or two pitches during the game, then never used it again.
I'm not exactly sure what I'm trying to accomplish with this FanPost, but this bothers me every time I watch an out of town broadcast and I felt like I had to share. Who should I be blaming for this? Is it the production crew? The announcers themselves? The evil Nutting Empire and their press box spies?