There are few people who can keep their finger on the pulse of what’s happening within Major League Baseball at any given time, like MLB Insider and ESPN reporter Jeff Passon. From breaking business deals to commenting on the social issues surrounding ball clubs, Passan has become an invaluable source for anyone craving year-round baseball news and information.

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Pasan is consistently visible on both TV and social media, so I checked in with him to ask about the gear and gadgets that have helped him work through the COVID-19 pandemic, and social media tools and Apps that he finds valuable. Technology pervades every industry, so I also asked him what aspect of technology he sees moving forward as an important part of Major League Baseball.

How do you remote tv or spot video? What are some tools used for?


When I first learned that I would not have a camera in my home, but an iPad, I was skeptical. i didn’t know that TVU [Anywhere] The app and the iPad’s front-facing camera can produce broadcast-quality photos.

To dial in for audio, I use a flip phone, which is always fun, and a custom-molded earpiece, which is an absolute must because my ears are terrible and have standard IFB [interruptible foldback] The corners of the ears do not fit. I have ceiling lights, but whenever I have to take a kit out on the road, I try to bring a ring light, because the magnitude of hotel room lighting can never be underestimated.

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What advances in technology around Major League Baseball interest you most at the moment?

While I’m a robot ump advocate and think we’re getting closer and closer to the coming day in Major League Baseball, the current technology that excites me most is tailored to hitters.

Over the years, pitchers have stepped into the technology race with high-speed cameras and radar systems that allow them not only to objectively judge their pitchers, but to tamper with them on such a small scale. What encourages them to do is design new, customized pitches. The same principle is now being used in reverse.

Several companies have designed pitching machines that input and replicate data from major league pitches. Want to watch 102-mph fastball from Jacob deGrom? Machines oblige with the same speed along with a ball thrown from its release point. Hitters don’t know if the machines can even eliminate the advantage pitchers currently have, but they’re excited to find out.

What apps or services help you use social media for work?

I use echophone On my iPhone as I get older, and I’ve always found it to be a better client than the Twitter app. There is an app named green fly This is great because our social team can pull videos from what shows on TV, upload them and send them to us, ready to post, across multiple platforms.

As far as Twitter is concerned, I try to follow the principle of less is more.

What does your tech travel bag look like?

When I’m on the road, I bring:

  • MacBook Pro: The one I usually write on
  • iPad Pro: Good for entertainment and also for writing on long flights
  • Three battery packs: one 20,000 mAh with two USB ports, one 5,000 mAh with Lightning and USB-C output built-in, and a lipstick charger and 3,350 mAh with one USB port
  • two power cords (in case one goes bad)
  • a mini-USB cable
  • If I’m in town without a crew, my TVU [live video transmitter] Kit (iPad, tripod, fisheye lens, charging cable)
  • Bose 700 headphones (for noise cancellation)
  • AirPods (for convenience)
  • notepad
  • Pen
  • toothpicks
  • aleve

What is your favorite gadget (or electronic device) you bought this year?

I met ipad pro this year. I’ve avoided the iPad for a long time. Why bother? What does it do that a laptop can’t? Yes, I’m an idiot—and, apparently, a hopeless Luddite. It does everything well. I can write with Google Docs, I can stream Disney+, I can use the Magic Keyboard’s trackpad, and if I’m in a pinch, I can even go on TV with it. I also got Bose headphones and appreciate them whenever I go on a plane.

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