Originally, this week's poll question was going to ask which Detroit Tiger you thought was snubbed by the All-Star selection process. And sure, you could make a case for Miguel Cabrera, but does anyone currently reading this really think that the Tigers aren't being suitably represented next week in St. Louis?
So my thoughts turned elsewhere, particularly to a Slate article I read last week (via Shysterball) concerning the two primary camera views we watch baseball games with. Most teams (and ballparks) give us what's become the standard off-set view, just to the right of the pitcher. A handful of others give a straight-away perspective, looking directly over the pitcher.
I was reminded of this over the weekend, as we saw both camera views used during the Tigers' three-game series in Minnesota. The two games that were regionally telecast on FOX Sports Detroit employed the dead-center view, while the national Saturday FOX telecast used the traditional off-set angle.
Which view do you prefer? The off-set angle looks better, filling more of your television screen, providing a seemingly more intimate view of the pitcher-batter match-up. Yet setting the camera to the right of the pitcher skews the perspective of the strike zone. (Click through to the Slate article for two good examples.) The dead-center view gives a truer look at the strike zone and pitch movement, but there's much more empty space in the picture, giving the game kind of a detached feel.
So that's going to be this week's poll question:
Which camera angle do you prefer to watch baseball with?
You can find the poll on the right sidebar below the FanPosts block. Or you can vote here. And if you have suggestions for future poll questions, shoot me an e-mail. Please add your thoughts in the comments.
How did our last poll go?Once again, I completely misread the pulse of the people. We had ourselves another landslide. The majority of you think Jim Leyland will manage the Tigers through 2011.
Will Jim Leyland finish out his new two-year contract?
77% Yes - He's got two more years in him
22% No - A possible overhaul could wear him out