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Bill Webb, undergoing cancer treatment, won't direct World Series for first time in 18 years

A baseball is seen during a workout the

A baseball is seen during a workout the day before Game 1 of the 2015 World Series between the Royals and Mets at Kauffman Stadium on Oct. 26, 2015 in Kansas City, Mo. Credit: Getty Images / Kyle Rivas

Fox would have missed famed baseball director Bill Webb no matter what the World Series matchup was.

The fact the National League representative is the Mets, whose games Webb has directed for many years, most recently on SNY, only will make his absence that much more glaring.

Webb, who is sidelined while undergoing treatments for cancer, had directed 17 consecutive World Series. John Moore, who directs Yankees games for YES, will fill in.

"There is not any one person more responsible for the look and feel of Major League Baseball on Fox than Bill Webb," play-by-play man Joe Buck said on a conference call previewing the Series. "He is at the top of the list. He and I have been doing this since Fox Sports got baseball back in 1996.

"This would've been our 18th World Series together. He's a director that has a good feel for baseball strategy so he's thinking along the lines that I'm thinking. He's also thinking along the same lines as a manager, so when something starts to pop up, he gets a shot of the bullpen.

"If somebody's got a full count or a 3-1 count in a tight situation, I know when I'm at home, I want to know who is coming up next, and that's why I always say it verbally. And I can tell you, more times than not, I go to it verbally and before the words are out of my mouth, the person that is standing in the on-deck circle is on your screen.

"That's invaluable. He's our leader in that respect."

This will be Fox's second season with Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci alongside Buck. But the network has gotten plenty of attention from an addition to its corps of pregame and postgame analysts: The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

Rodriguez has been working with Pete Rose, among others.

"He has been fascinating to be around and has been entertaining," Rodriguez said of Rose. "He has been around the game almost 60 years and every time I come to the studio or the green room I am looking forward to seeing his perspective. I want to see how he sees it through his lens. It has been quite an education and has been a lot of fun."

Why hire Rodriguez, especially given his baggage as a player who was suspended for the entire 2014 season for his use of illegal performance enhancers?

Said Fox Sports executive producer John Entz, "Alex is someone we've always felt has potential to be an outstanding television analyst, if he chose to pursue it. When you combine his talent on the field with the way he sees the game and looks at the game, it's really a unique combination.

"After spending the week with him, I have to say he's been even more impressive than we could have possibly hoped. He really cares about doing this the right way, and he's truly been an incredible asset to the show. He actually tells me he's enjoying it, which is probably the most surprising part. It's been nothing but positive across the board, so it has been a great experience."

Fox sent a list of the equipment it will deploy for the Series:

-- 39 cameras.

-- 20 standard HD cameras.

-- Eight robotic cameras.

-- Up to three HD Diamond Cams, one in front of home plate, one behind first base and one in front of second base.

-- Two X-Mo cameras, which shoot at 400 frames-per-second at mid-first base and tight center field.

-- One 1,000 frames-per-second 4K camera, delivering unprecedented close-up detail shooting the pitcher and batter from low first or third. This camera allows minute detail to be magnified and tracked at a high frame rate.

-- One Phantom Cam, delivering up to 3,000 frames-per-second film-like replays at low first and low third. They deliver cinematic, super smooth replays in unprecedented detail.

-- Two Super Slo-Mo cameras, one in tight centerfield and one at mid-third base shooting 480 frames per second.

-- One Movi camera, a radio-frequency handheld camera that will be used on the field for introductions and close to the baselines during home runs and inning breaks.

-- One aerial camera: A blimp in Kansas City and a fixed plane in New York.

-- 12 multi-channel replay devices with 70 channels of record and playback>

-- Hawkeye graphic pitch perspective from centerfield and third base perspectives.

-- 80 microphones.

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