You already check your Facebook feed about nine times a day at work, anyway, so that averages out to once per inning.
On Wednesday afternoon, when the Brewers cap a three-game series in St. Louis, the Cardinals-Brewers game will only be available via Facebook, one of several Major League Baseball games scheduled to be broadcast on the ubiquitous social media platform this season.
Those with a Facebook account can view the game by visiting the “MLB Live” Facebook page when the game begins at 12:15 p.m. CST. Scott Braun, Joe Magrane, Hanna Yates and former Brewers reliever Dan Plesac will be on the broadcast team.
It’s the second MLB game broadcast on Facebook this year and one of 25 on the schedule for 2018. Milwaukee’s home battle against the Cardinals on May 30 will also be available exclusively on Facebook.
Last week, MLB launched the format when it broadcast a battle between the Mets and Phillies live via the experience it’s calling “Facebook Watch.” The game had its share of glitches that frustrated fans.
MLB.com has a list of frequently asked questions for those looking to get information on how to watch.
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The first live Major League Baseball game to be broadcast exclusively on Facebook had its own opening day jitters.
Things didn’t quite go as planned when the start of the Philadelphia Phillies-New York Mets game at Citi Field was delayed by rain Wednesday afternoon.
As one familiar with social media might expect, the reception from online commenters contained a heavy dose of snark.
“I own a 60″ TV and I’m watching a game on a 10″ laptop. good job mlb”
“Explain this to my 99 year old Grandma why she can’t watch today’s game on tv”
“Mark Zuckerberg will be by soon for an AMA on his favorite sabermetrics tools”
The millennials must love this. They get free baseball and see a bunch of smiley faces at the bottom of the screen
First pitch was supposed to be at 1:10 p.m. ET, but the weather kept an anticipated pitcher’s duel between the Phillies’ Aaron Nola and the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard on hold until 2:47.
The MLB-produced, commercial-free broadcast featured play-by-play man Scott Braun and analysts representing each team — former Phillies outfielder John Kruk and former Mets outfielder Cliff Floyd.
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