When Major League Baseball announced its partnership with Apple TV+, it was met with a fair share of skepticism and intrigue.
Apple TV, the $4.99 a month streaming service, was jumping into the sports broadcast mix, much the way Amazon is doing with the NFL and the New York Yankees. On Friday the service debut its baseball coverage with a double-header, opening with the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals, a game that was highlighted by Buck Showalter leading the Mets out of the dugout to square off with the Nats after Francisco Lindor was hit by a pitch.
While many have stated that the picture quality was top notch, the overall reaction to the Apple stream broadcast was mostly negative. Many complained about their inability to gain access to the stream, others complained of buffering, while many just hated the broadcast in general. Here are few posts from fans on social media.
I’m positive the Apple TV baseball announcers aren’t watching the game— Justin Robinson (@JROB_100) April 9, 2022
I’ve never felt old until I couldn’t figure out how to watch baseball on Apple TV.— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) April 9, 2022
Nothing can ruin baseball… and then Apple TV + came along— Evan Roberts (@EvanRobertsWFAN) April 9, 2022
Worst move: Apple TV + not investing in credible broadcasters. Picture quality and score graphic are good. Baseball viewers aren’t getting the quality commentary that a network or paid streaming service should provide.— Rudy Martzke (@FakeRudyMartzke) April 9, 2022
Grade - F
Take a chill pill, people. The Mets return to their regularly scheduled broadcast on Saturday.