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During commercials I'm going to switch to FS1 for the IndiansTwins game just so I can see baseball being played in warm conditions.

There used to be a bunch of MLB stadiums where the stands were elevated (probably because of sharing with football) so there was a 5 or 6 foot fence behind the batter in the CF camera view instead of field level fans.

But they're all gone, so seeing it now at Hiram Bithorn Stadium is kind of jarring.

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