Enough with behind-the-plate shots of live pitching already

A cute trick that is being way overused by SNY.

Look, I can understand that if you were producing or directing a Mets game, you'd want to find some gimmicks to keep people watching. I've been a Mets fan all my life. I'm fine with being gimmicked to if it means getting me to watch a team that will probably finish under .500 for the fifth consecutive season.

But don't make it so that I can't actually watch the games properly. Here's the situation: Luca Duda -- an outfielder not without power -- is hitting with two men on base and two out in the bottom of the sixth inning. As far as Mets games against the San Diego Padres go in early April, a big spot. So what does the crew for SNY, the Met-owned network, do? They cut to the silliest trick that's pervaded baseball telecasts recently: the behind-the-plate shot of a live pitch, something that TBS and Fox started last year during the post-season.

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Not only does Duda strike out looking, I don't even get to see the pitch, whether it should've been taken and whether or not it was a strike. I'm angry because the guy on my favorite team struck out, and I didn't get to see it until they could cut to a replay. It's the newest, most frustrating thing about being a Mets fan, which is not something that comes free of a whole load of annoying nonsense already.

The new camera angle is being used on what I would call approximately 25 percent of live pitches. Maybe it's a little less, but it's being used enough in situations that annoy me that perhaps I'm upping the percentage a bit. The fact is, it shouldn't be used at all, except perhaps once or twice just to keep things fresh and for replays. But it's not a valid, viable option for live game shots.

If you're wondering where the shot is coming from, it's in that garish looking box on your middle right in this picture from the good, normal camera angle behind the pitcher.

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Look, I know baseball can be a bit of a tough sell on TV, and the Mets an even tougher sell at the moment. The fact is, keeping me from being able to see the play that I want to see is not going to keep me tuning in. Tell me, readers, are any of your local broadcasts using this camera angle to begin the season?

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