Manfred Monday: The Tech #TurnUp

Manfred Monday: The Tech #TurnUp

In an effort to better connect Generation Z with Major League Baseball, commissioner Rob Manfred has partnered with End of the Bench to publish a weekly column on the state of baseball, his efforts to make the game more youth-friendly, and any other general observations about the world of sports.

What’s Gucci, Man Fam?

Rob “The Man” Manfred here with another edition of #ManfredMondays and this week I am tackling technology, namely the way y’all be viewing the games and shit. 

After the success of the “Field of Dreams” (a Boomer movie, LOL) game last week, it got me thinking - how could I bring that type of authenticity and memorable level of experience to Generation Z baseball fans everywhere?

Below are a few suggestions I jotted down as I got on a plane (#jetsetlife) this afternoon. We love to see a worldly commissioner! Check these out:

Mobile #MLBMondays

Every Monday next season, every MLB game will ONLY be available for mobile viewing. Whether it be TikTok, the ‘Gram, or Snapchat, all TV, radio, and streaming service broadcasts will have to adapt and be accessible via ONLY mobile devices. This ensures the "digital native" generation that you can get whatever game you want on whatever app you feel most comfortable on - whether you’re in class, hanging out with your friends (who are also on their phones), or just generally anywhere you venture out to!

Silent Stadium Nights

This will be a unique experience I am sure you all are familiar with! While not your typical Headphone Party, Silent Stadium nights will still give you the full ballpark experience through sound-proof headphones, provided by each organization on game nights. Instead of listening to the natural sounds of the ballpark, get a curated experience brought on by each team’s in-house DJ while watching the game!

In-Game Stream Services

Next season each stadium will have premium in-game streaming services, featuring seats that offer cameras, lighting, and microphone set-ups so attendees can stream their experience (on Twitch or YouTube) for users who are not at the stadium. Because if there’s one way to watch a baseball game, it’s doing so entirely from someone else’s perspective.

Virtual Reality Seats

Just when you thought seats only a few rows off the actual field couldn’t get any better, now they’ll have virtual reality headsets to bring you a field of view as you’ve never seen. With a fully immersive, 360-degree experience, you’ll feel like you’re practically sitting on the field while practically sitting on the field!

"Matrix" Boxes

Now, most of the #ManFam probably won’t get the ref here (throwback for my olds, amirite?), but just bear with me on this one. Instead of premium, air-conditioned, fully-stocked luxury suites at each of our stadiums, we’re going to turn them into Matrix chambers, where users can actually port to alternate realities and become actual baseball players. Red pill or blue, the choice is yours!. 

As always, let me know what you guys think, and be sure to tune in as I try to make the game more accessible for Generation Z every Monday for "Manfred Mondays," only on End of the Bench.
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