MLB deployed a DJI Inspire II over certain action during the “MLB4” collegiate baseball tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to overflights to capture the full expanse of the field and stadium, plans also called for the UAV to follow batters circling the bags after dingers, and accompanying pitchers on their commutes between dugouts and the mound. Other potential situations were aerial shots of relievers trotting in from the bullpen, and stop-time scenarios (though, presumably, not infuriated protests of blown umpire calls).
Up until now, most drone use in baseball coverage has involved relatively high and remote shots of broad areas, much like last year’s Field of Dreams game – essentially pastoral images during pauses. But the MLB says its deployment of the DJI Inspire II sought to bring drones much closer to the actual action, players, and baseball that fans can never get enough of.
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