OMG, a new camera for the Phillies game! Mounted just to the right of the 1st base screen, in line with the 3rd base line. Not an aerial cable guide like ESPN, but an honest to goodness real camera mounted on a pole that can change height and view. Wide angle zoom. Steady shot, minimal motion. Nice. Kudos to ComCast for the experiment.
At first glance, it looks fairly neat. I think they need some time to get used to it. At first, it was just used for return from commercial "big picture" pan around the stadium. The panning is a bit disorienting if it's done too quickly.
As the game progressed, they started to use it more. For the game play, I like the view. However, they have to zoom in a bit more to capture just the catcher and pitcher. You can definitely see the height of the ball, but it's very difficult to catch where it is over the plate. Needs to be located a bit closer to home plate to get the angle right. Best spot would probably be closer to the broadcast booth, but maybe they were limited due to the screen (high-home camera?).
I was worried that the left-handed batters would block the plate view, but it looks OK.
Can they start showing the entire pitching sequence instead of cutting to the center field camera as the ball is thrown? I'd like to see continuity through the entire play after the ball is hit as well. That's a great perspective for when there's no one on base, or, 1st and 2nd. Long-ball home runs as well.
Try showing an entire inning without the center field camera, or, a split screen view with the center field camera in the upper right corner and the "sneak cam" as the main view.