As things stand, there’s a very real chance that the only way to see Aaron Judge equal or surpass Roger Maris’ record of 61 home runs is with Apple TV+.
The New York Yankees reportedly do not support this capability.
Baseball’s most recognizable team has lobbied Major League Baseball and Apple to allow them to stream their game on team-owned YES Network Friday rather than the currently planned Apple TV+ exclusive, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. Apple and MLB have reportedly turned down the offer so far.
It’s still possible that Apple will include Michael Kay playing for the Yankees in their broadcast, who will likely call the umpire at bat, although Kay told the Post he would be embarrassed to take the assignment away from Steven Nelson’s Apple booth, Hunter. Pence and Katie Nolan. Officials from YES Network are also reportedly willing to simply stream the Apple TV+ broadcast on YES, making the game more accessible to fans in the market.
It should be noted that Apple TV+ games are still available for free, so baseball fans only need to download the app to watch the game.
Judge hit his 60th home run of the season on Tuesday, tying him with Babe Ruth on the American League single-season home run list and leaving him with one long ball to tie Roger Maris on the AL record. He is still 13 homers short of Barry Bonds’ MLB home run record.
With 14 games left on the Yankees’ schedule, Judge is hitting 61 and hitting 62, which seems inevitable given how hot he’s been over the past month, and it’s probably better to bet sooner rather than later. This puts MLB in an awkward position.
MLB streaming promotion backfires on Aaron Judge’s pursuit HR
Always on the lookout for additional sources of income, MLB has decided that 2022 will be the year it does its best to bring its games to the digital masses.
In addition to give Apple an exclusive list of games, the league gave another award to NBC’s Peacock. The Yankees have also pushed a collection of games over the Amazon Prime paywall. This is a lot of applications for baseball lovers.
The good news is that Apple games remain free, but probably only for a limited time. And that won’t stop Yankees fans from being frustrated at having to do whatever it takes to keep up with the most exciting home chase baseball has seen in years, after already paying tens of dollars a month to follow your favorite team. .
A common refrain in the rush to get games on streaming platforms is that MLB wants to reach younger viewers, but that won’t stop many of its non-tech-savvy fans from cursing MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Friday if nothing changes.