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What do you want out of a baseball broadcast? When most fans turn on their TV or fire up MLB.tv to watch their favorite teams and players, they want to watch the game first and foremost. The game, the athletes – they are the draw. The broadcasters? Little more than white noise, most of the time.

There are exceptions to the rule, of course. Good broadcasters add to the experience, enriching the game with their insights and anecdotes. Vin Scully is the gold standard to which all aspire.

But watching a game on TV is more than just the talking heads yammering away during breaks in the action. It is a visual medium so new bells and whistles are constantly introduced to keep viewers engaged and entertained.

Increasingly, this means the introduction of advanced stats over the more traditional airways. While the intentions are admirable, it might be a case of putting the cart before the horse.

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Everybody knows Major League Baseball Advanced Media is an unkillable beast, funnelling huge products through their industry leading products and willingness to crush any and all competitors without a second thought.

Which makes MLBAM’s recent decision to open up their very private and well-guarded API (application programming interface) for a programming/development contest kind of a big deal. Luckily, it’s MLBAM so the only people who really stand to benefit is Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

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