So, last year, FSNSW unveiled a new high-angled camera in center field, and I, of course, loved it -- which naturally meant that it got axed, and that I then wrote a snippy blog post about it being abolished.
Last night, FSNSW apparently debuted FOXTRAX (or what I'm guessing is a FOX-labeled derivative of MLBAM's Pitch f/x system) as a full-time feature during its game broadcasts, and I couldn't be happier about the decision:
So, while this isn't the most elegant solution to the entire problem of not being able to easily/accurately discern the location of incoming pitches on the horizontal plane, and while I'd still prefer a straight-behind-CF camera, it's a fairly decent compromise -- the viewer gets instant feedback on exactly where each pitch is crossing into the strike zone, and we no longer have to rack our brains and/or guess haphazardly and/or trouble ourselves with pulling up MLB.com/ESPN/Yahoo in order to have each pitcher's pitch count at our disposal. It's a step in the right direction.
My informal Twitter poll on this last night seemed to suggest that the majority of Rangers fans dig this new feature, but I also got a bit of negative feedback on it, so here's a nice poll question on the issue: