YES to debut new in-game graphics

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Game One: Opening Night

When the Yankees and the Red Sox face off in a few hours, those watching in the New York area will tune into the YES Network as the Yanks begin their title defense. Instead of the familiar YES graphics, however, we’ll see something new. For just the third time since its launch in 2002, the YES Network has overhauled its in-game graphics, and the network – RAB’s partner – gave us a sneak peak at the new look.

The new starting lineup graphic with an extrusion effect. (Click to enlarge)

Designed by the Venice, California-based design firm MFactor, the new graphics carry with them a more sophisticated look and incorporate 3-D effects. MFactor and YES worked together over the off-season to redesign the in-game presentation while retaining familiar elements, such as the Yanks’ colors, in the broadcasts. “We wanted to try to separate ourselves from the rest of the pack,” Jared Boshnack, a YES producer, told me.

The most obvious change in the interstitials will be the 3-D look. As the lineup at right shows, the names of highlighted players will now extrude as the announcers discuss these players. It’s a far cry from the two-dimensional focus of YES’ old graphics package. “The graphics,” Boshnack said, “essentially pop out at you.”

Another obvious change that viewers will notice right away are the changes to what those in the industry call the lower thirds. While the interstitials ? the lineup, the defense array, scouting reports ? are on the screen for 15-20 seconds, the lower thirds are either on the screen for much longer or just a few seconds, and as such, three-dimensional graphics would be both distracting and unnecessary. Instead, YES and MFactor have streamlined the score bar and batting line elements.

The image atop this post shows the new scaled-down score bar. Boshnack called it “totally sleek and much more efficient and streamlined.” It will no longer occupy the entire length of the non-HD broadcast and will instead be off to one side. It will also include a new “Pitches” category that will tally pitchers’ pitch counts after the tenth pitch. When the Yanks are up, the opposing team’s pitcher will have his count there; when the Yanks are in the field, the Bombers’ starter will be inch ever upward. As fans are more attuned to importance of pitch counts, this addition will enhance at-home viewing.

The hitter's stat line gets a new look. (Click to enlarge)

For the hitters, the batting line gets a refresh as well. It’s not nearly as drastic an overhaul as the score bar received, but it does offer a more condensed look. I’d like to see a players’ slugging percentage added to the line as well, but the presence of on-base percentage in TV broadcasts has been a step in the right direction.

Of course, as with any graphical overhaul, MFactor and YES, with Rick Deutschman managing the graphics team, considered the way sponsorships will be front and center in the look as well. Boshnack said the design teams asked, “How do we give them the exposure they’re looking for and integrate them into the look?” Such are the demands of baseball economics.

Overall, I think the graphics are an improvement. I’d love to see more information available during the broadcast, but I realize that I watch many games with the Internet at my fingertips. TV stations face a balancing act between a good look for their graphics and the right amount of information. After the jump, a few more screenshots. Click to enlarge.

Gardner's just a regular guy
Game One: Opening Night
  • Jimmer

    that’s mad hip

  • Thomas A. Anderson

    Overall, I like the redesign, except for shots like the last one.

    I don’t think skewing the image like that is really necessary. Yeah, they supposedly want more of a 3-D look, but it is slightly more difficult to read when the text is angled toward a vanishing point like that. Minor gripe, tho.

    Other than that, I like the upgrade. Especially the scoreboard in the first image w/Tex.

  • Mark

    Love the pitch count, always had to go to MLB gameday to check out the pitch count.

  • E Street Shuffle

    Are we gonna get a K-Zone?

  • Jake H

    Pretty good.

  • Mike HC

    The new design is a good idea I guess, but it really does make that much of a difference.

    Adding the Pitch tracker thing would be a big time upgrade though.

    • Mike HC

      *really does not make that much of a difference

  • Alex S

    love the new graphics. but David Ortiz with 47 homeruns!?

    • Jason

      i was thinking the same thing. But overall, there is nothign wrong in my opinion with the change.

  • Drew

    When I read the headline last night on, “YES presents new HD graphics!!” I was really excited. Then I read on and found out that they’re doing nothing but changing the design of information they already give us. Bummer. One day we’ll have an accurate radar gun and a K-Zone! I know it!

    • V

      Damn. You ninja’d me.

    • zzzzzz

      hear hear for that radar gun.

  • V

    Count me in to the ‘get pitch tracker’ and ‘improve the radar gun’ camps.

    • Marcos


  • Eric

    Fucking awful.

  • radnom

    those watching in the New York area will tune into the YES Network

    Random question – but will those in YES territory still be able to watch it on ESPN or will it show something else?

    • Drew

      New York area is exclusively on YES. ESPN will be ESPN news.

      • radnom


    • Frigidevil

      Wait, there are actually people who PREFER John Miller and Joe Morgan to the alternative of anyone else on the planet!? My mind is blown

      • radnom

        No, I was just curious.

        Besides, even if I did prefer Miller over Morgan – Shilling is joining that booth tonight.

        • Drew

          I don’t think he’s in the booth. I believe he’s a studio analyst.

      • sterlinghater

        I prefer the ESPN crew to John Sterling and Susan Waldman at least. “Hideki Matsui with an A-Bomb!” Are you f’ing kidding?

  • jim p

    One thing that bugs the hell out of me is when the announcer says “Gardner is 3rd in the league in stolen bases” but doesn’t tell you who’s in 1st and 2nd. Hopefully the leaders list will be a constant.

    Does any of this mean Michael Kay is gone? If Yes really wanted to make their presentation more informative they should start with that.

    • radnom

      Does any of this mean Michael Kay is gone?

      If only….

  • dennis

    does this mean the radar gun will work right this season

    • James

      probably not.

      AJ Burnett will continue to throw 68mph 4-seam Fastballs.

      and CC Sabathia’s breaking stuff will still be at 92mph

  • Zack

    Are we going to get a gun that reads the pitch speed when it leaves the pitcher’s hand and when it arrives at the plate?

    You know it loses speed right?


    • Raf

      i miss that already (not really)

  • V

    I’m so ready for this to start…

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Not bad.

  • WIlliam

    I like that Home Run leader board….a lot.

    • Marcos

      How can you like Big Fatty with 47HRs? That’s wrong on so many levels.

      1. He plays for the sox (which considering his immense amount of suck, benefits us highly)
      2. That’s plain ‘ol WRONG to think Fatty can hit 47 homers, not even 4 or 7.(Ok, maybe 4)

      Just Sayin’

  • Tank the Frank

    I think it all looks great. FWIW, it seems like there are new graphics everywhere. I haven’t checked LoHud for a while, and they updated their site. Same with…which looks great but the scoreboard is a little overdone.

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