The Steady Rise Of Youtube Baseball Commentary Channels
Youtube has brought a rise to a declining sport. In a game so ingrained in conserving the past, new trends on streamings service have brought a progressive outlook. Channels such as Jomboy Media and Foolish Baseball are bringing a new optimistic view to the game. They both offer different things and make baseball fun to manipulate and analyze.
It started out so simply. A channel titled Jomboy Media would post videos breaking down wacky moments in baseball such as fights or ejections. A man would speak over the incident taking place describing what’s going on in a very nonchalant way. This definitely makes it more intriguing to the viewer. He would also add in reading the lips of players, managers, or even umpires. Jimmy “Jomboy” O’Brien is the leader of the pack, giving the majority of the commentary. He still continues to do these breakdowns, and his channel has grown substantially. He now has a whole crew including former Major Leaguer Trevor Plouffe in a segment called “Talkin’ Baseball”. The crew talks about the day-to-day happenings in the MLB in an unfiltered environment. He’ll even interview players such as Trevor Bauer. He is currently sitting at 908,000 subscribers.
Another trend in the youtube baseball sphere is shining light on aspects using statistical analysis. Stat nerds are very prevalent these days. These are mostly young college students who grew up reading Moneyball and fell in love with it (like me!). Foolish baseball is an example of a stat nerd with a baseball channel. What the host does is talk about certain players and show how they’re valuable in unorthodox ways. Guys like Tim Locastro and Jeff Mathis are put into perspective. These guys aren’t the greatest ballplayers but Foolish Baseball talks about how they are valuable to their teams. He’ll also talk about quirks in teams and players not ever discussed before.
Foolish Baseball has a fun, down-to-earth approach with the way their host talks. They use an old-school video game format for all their videos in a comical way. There is definitely some inspiration from SB Nation’s Jon Bois but voiced from a guy in his early twenties. Major League Baseball endorsed the channel, with their youtube channel constantly commenting on Foolish Baseball videos. They currently sit at 168,000 subscribers.
Since then, copycats have arouse from these videos but nothing beats the classics. Although baseball may seem to be facing a downward trajectory, these guys are lifting it up quite a bit.
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