Strange but true: Fox puts speed into context

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Fox mostly has been well behaved in not overdoing the technical wizardry during the playoffs.

Its coolest innovation is measuring the speed of the ball when it leaves the pitcher’s hand compared with when it reaches the plate, a distinction that seems obviously relevant but mostly had been ignored in the past.

It also has measured the batter’s fraction-of-a-second reaction time.

The least useful new feature is the box that offers close-ups of the catcher putting down signs. Weren’t we already able to see that well enough from the regular centerfield camera?

And, as always, Foxs relentlessly has employed sponsored elements.

Most amusing so far: the “Ninja Assassin Keys to the Game,’’ promoting an upcoming film.

Based on the preview I saw, the No. 1 key should have been this: When someone swings a sword at your head, duck.Strange but true: Fox puts speed into context

Fox mostly has been well behaved in not overdoing the technical wizardry during the playoffs.

Its coolest innovation is measuring the speed of the ball when it leaves the pitcher’s hand compared with when it reaches the plate, a distinction that seems obviously relevant but mostly had been ignored in the past.

It also has measured the batter’s fraction-of-a-second reaction time.

The least useful new feature is the box that offers close-ups of the catcher putting down signs. Weren’t we already able to see that well enough from the regular centerfield camera?

And, as always, Foxs relentlessly has employed sponsored elements.

Most amusing so far: the “Ninja Assassin Keys to the Game,’’ promoting an upcoming film.

Based on the preview I saw, the No. 1 key should have been this: When someone swings a sword at your head, duck.

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