New York Mets to appear in first Facebook streamed baseball game

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 23: Facebook (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets will host the first ever Facebook streamed MLB game on April 4th.

Time and technology move ahead, even for baseball and for the New York Mets. As noted in the New York Daily News, MLB and Facebook have come to terms on an agreement to televise 25 games exclusively through the social media giant. This marks the first exclusive digital games in MLB history. The NFL has gone this route via Twitter and Yahoo! sports, now baseball has made their way into the world of the internet.

And guess who leads off the Facebook coverage? Our very own Mets. The games will primarily take place on Wednesday afternoons and the first one takes place on April fourth. That day the Mets play host to the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. So whether you are at work, home, school (not in class kids), or wherever else, if you have an accessible electronic device you can watch the game live.

"Game broadcasts will be produced by MLB Network and will feature a number of digital tools to enhance the viewing experience. Fans will be able to watch games on their mobile and desktop devices that have been designed for more immersive viewing, sharing and interacting consistent with the social media platform."

Also according to the News, they are only releasing the schedule one month ahead of time. That way they can handle the choosing of games similarly to how the NFL does its “flex” games. For anyone that isn’t familiar, the NFL flexes games to its Sunday night package that have playoff implications and the plan is for the MLB to do the same here.

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This is an excellent move by Rob Manfred and the MLB. It shows that they really understand what is going on today. People are moving away from cable as it simply costs too much. Add that to the fact that it provides inconsistent service and people just want to get away. However, virtually everyone carries a phone. This becomes a vehicle to get the product to the masses and Manfred understands that.

Don’t worry Yankees fans. If they are looking for important games I am sure you will be involved here later on in the season.