I guess the question is - what percentage of the viewing fan base is really interested in analytics? The people that tune in somewhere between 2 and 7 times per week to watch the Os?
It's entertainment after all. How much of an audience is there for an analytic slanted broadcast? And taking the pulse of a site like OH, which has a fairly sophisticated segment of the fan base, won't answer that question.
I believe I heard that only players expected to be on the major league or AAA roster will be invited to the regular spring training. Out of an abundance of caution, the clubs will delay the start of spring training for those players ticketed for AA or lower levels. Those guys will not be allowed to start spring training until after the ML and AAA guys have left the facility.
Normally, during spring training games, the last couple of innings feature appearances by lots of guys that don't figure to play above the AA level in the coming season. This is especially true on days when there are split-squad games.
If those guys aren't going to be in camp, who is going to take the field in the eighth and ninth innings of spring training games?
Or is MLB figuring on simply limiting spring training games to seven innings, and just hasn't gotten around to telling everybody about it yet?
I can think of an Oriole announcer who, it always seemed to me, would lose all enthusiasm any time the Orioles fell behind in a game.
If Hunter's career with the Orioles lasted 24 years, that means he was there for the entirety of the 14-year streak from 1998 through 2011 when the Orioles finished with a less than .500 winning percentage every single year.
And Hunter maintained his enthusiasm throughout that whole period.
That's what I'll remember about him.