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Mike Petriello

MLB Plus: Analytics-driven feed debuts

MLB Plus: Analytics-driven feed debuts

MLB.com has launched a new way to watch baseball: MLB Plus, a data-driven online broadcast that will feature Statcast™, powered by Amazon Web Services, as well as a variety of other advanced analytics and broadcast enhancements.

You may have some questions about how this works. We have answers.

1. What is MLB Plus?
Orchestrated from both MLB.com Studios and correspondents as well as technical resources at the ballpark, MLB Plus is a new way to enjoy baseball.

MLB Plus will place a real-time emphasis on the numbers and metrics used by many of the game's current decision-makers, from spin rate and outfield positioning to exit velocity and lead distance. In addition, MLB Plus will supplement the action with videos explaining the technology used and in-depth prospect reports.

2. Who will appear on MLB Plus?
MLB Plus will have a rotating cast, each bringing his or her own strengths. From nationally known play-by-play broadcasters to MLB.com stats analysts to former Major League players and general managers to team-specific expertise from MLB.com beat writers, MLB Plus will have every angle covered.

MLB Plus broadcasts will feature a combination of the following voices:

• Fernando Perez (former Rays outfielder, VICE.com Contributor)
• Alyson Footer (MLB.com national correspondent)
• Will Leitch (Sports on Earth senior writer)
• Mike Petriello (MLB.com stats analyst and host of the Statcast™ Podcast)
• Jim Duquette (MLB.com analyst, host of MLB Network Radio's "Power Alley," former GM of Mets and Orioles)
• Daron Sutton (Former play-by-play voice of the Angels [radio, 2000-01], Brewers [television, 2002-06] and D-backs [television, 2007-12])

3. Which games will MLB Plus cover?
MLB Plus will be available as a companion to each MLB Network Showcase game. A list of upcoming MLB Network Showcase game may be found here.

4. How can I participate in the MLB Plus broadcast?
We invite you to join in during the MLB Plus broadcast using the #MLBPlus hashtag, and your tweets and questions may be asked live on-air.

5. How can I watch MLB plus?
MLB Plus is available via a Web media player and on MLB.TV, as well as the following devices: All iPhones, iPads, Android handsets and tablets, select Amazon devices, Windows 8, Apple TV 4/tvOS and Apple TV 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, PlayStations 3, 4 and Vita, Fire TV/Android TV, HTML5 (LG, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and TIVO). It is subject to MLB blackout rules.

Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.