TBS to offer all manner of high tech gizmos for its playoff broadcasts

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Yeah, I said gizmos. And every word of this post should be read as if you are on my lawn when you began it but are leaving my lawn at my request as you finish it:

TBS announced that its Major League Baseball post-season programming will include some new bells and whistles, including “3D hologram imagery.”

Specifically, TBS says it will use “innovative 3D imagery will illustrate detailed examples of pitch grips while demonstrating the pressure points, release points and rotation. Analysts will use the tool to explain how pitches work and how the hitter approaches each type of pitch.”

I suppose it’s too much to ask for a Tupac-style hologram of Skip Caray to call these games?

Oh well. Progress marches forward. Progress also tends to cause us to miss several pitches each game because progress is so damn enamored with its little toys that it can’t get back to the game action in time.  Progress also tends to forget that Ron Darling is totally capable of explaining how a curveball works without that noise.

Sigh.

Phillies, Red Sox interested in Carlos Santana

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The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.

Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.

As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.