Dubbed Studio 42 — after Jackie Robinson’s number — the MLB Network will convert what used to be MSNBC’s main set in Secaucus, N.J., into a sort of ballpark. Its infield is only half regulation size. But, says Tony Petitti, president of the MLB Network, which launches New Year’s Day, it will have a “portable pitching mound” so analysts such as ex-pitcher Al Leiter can fire full-strength fastballs. Assuming there’d be somebody to catch.
And, says Petitti, the set will have “real padding” in its outfield walls as well as “real bleachers” — so studio audiences, presumably, would feel comfortable taking off their shirts.
There’s a pic in the article.
I guess that’s kind of cool, but if they’re going to use it like studio shows typically use field mockups, I hope they do something about the dress code for on-air talent. It’s bad enough when a retired athlete tries to reenact the motions of active players for TV, but it’s even worse when they do it wearing a suit jacket.