Fox Sports has been known to be a little irreverent in its coverage of sports. From goofy pre-game shows on nationally broadcast games to arguably biased commentary during a game, Fox has its own way of doing things.
There is usually a set script, so to speak, for broadcasts to follow – starting lineups are followed by defensive alignments, there is a three-note scouting report on each pitcher as they take the mound for the first time, and key players are usually highlighted in their own special vignette.
Fox Sports as a whole is divided into regional sub-networks. There’s Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports Midwest, and so on and so forth. The network that carries the Minnesota Twins broadcasts is Fox Sports North. On Friday night, the Twins took on the New York Yankees, and the obvious highlighted player was Derek Jeter. Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the season, has a multitude of accolades and several keys to his approach at the plate. He’s an opposite field hitter with a good inside-out stroke, he’s a smart base runner, he has the potential for pop, but is mostly a singles hitter.
That’s not what Fox Sports North chose to display to viewers who were curious about how Ricky Nolasco should approach The Captain.
For those that desperately needed a reminder of the character of Derek Jeter, Fox Sports North very handily provided that. This is, however, hardly what one would call a scouting report.