MLB Network is letting us watch BP from home, y'all!! They emailed me a press release this morning - here's part...
MLB NETWORK USES BALLPARK CAM SYSTEM TO AIR 30 MINUTES OF LIVE BATTING PRACTICE COVERAGE
Batting Practice to Debut on Friday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Secaucus, N.J., April 14, 2010 – Fans will get an inside look at pregame activities as MLB Network uses its Ballpark Cam system to produce Batting Practice, a 30-minute show featuring live footage from ballparks around Major League Baseball. MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger and Harold Reynolds will host the debut program on Friday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. ET and take viewers inside batting practice to watch and analyze position players warming up in batting cages and on the field. The show will also include live interviews on Ballpark Cam with players, managers, coaches and announcers.
MLB Network’s high-definition Ballpark Cam system is robotically controlled from MLB Network’s studios in Secaucus , New Jersey, and cameras are currently installed in the dugout and centerfield locations at 13 MLB ballparks. The Ballpark Cams, used regularly for updates and pregame and post-game interviews within MLB Tonight, MLB Network’s live, nightly studio show, are being installed in remaining MLB ballparks throughout the 2010 season.
Batting Practice will air regularly on weeknights at 5:30 p.m. ET throughout the 2010 Championship Season, following MLB Network’s simulcast of MLB.com’s Fantasy 411 at 5:00 p.m. ET. MLB Tonight, the signature program of MLB Network during the regular season, airs live beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET until the final MLB game of the night ends each Monday through Friday, featuring live look-ins of games in progress, updates, highlights, reporting and analysis.
Obviously, I was curious if Atlanta was one of the 13 ballparks getting a special camera, so I emailed the contact person. She's so nice - she always answers my questions immediately. Her reply, in part:
Yes, Atlanta is one of the parks with Ballpark Cam. We won’t be sending out any formal notices before each episode, but I can tell you that if the Braves are playing a home game on a day when we are airing “Batting Practice,” we will certainly check out their batting practice. And yes, the half-hour show will whip around all of the MLB venues where we have Ballpark Cam set up.
So! If you have MLB Network, and the Braves are at home on a Friday night -- like this Friday! -- you will be able to catch a little of BP from home! This is going to be awesome!!
ETA: Followup email!
We currently have Ballpark Cam available with the Diamondbacks, Braves, Red Sox, White Sox, Rockies , Astros, Angels, Phillies, Padres, Cardinals, Rays, Rangers and Yankees.