The MLB Network experimented with live audio during Wednesday’s Cactus League game between the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks.
The broadcast featured several players on each team wearing live microphones, and also had mics at each base, down the first- and third-base lines, as well as along the outfield wall.
A pretty cool idea overall, though Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that he felt like he couldn’t be himself, and Cleveland manager Manny Acta said he had to curb not only his language, but some of the private conversations he’d normally have with his coaches.
The whole thing became immediately worthwhile, though, when Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis broke out his best Adele imitation, singing “Someone Like You.” You can watch/listen to Kipnis’ performance here.
Then listen to Adele below, compare and see who has the best voice. Then try to get that song out of your head.
Can you say Grammy?
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Report: Astros, Michael Brantley agree to two-year, $32 million contract
Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.
Brantley’s health, though, is why he had to settle for a two-year deal as opposed to a longer contract for a player of his caliber. He will take over in left field. In the event Brantley succumbs to injury woes, the Astros have top prospect Kyle Tucker waiting in the wings.