For today’s ALDS matchup between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, Fox Sports will debut a brand new scorebug.
The new design features a more brightly-colored and stylized layout than the network’s previous scorebug that made its debut back in 2017. Like the old design, the top of the graphic shows the pitcher’s name and pitch count along with the batter and his season stats — this time backed by the player’s team color.
Instead of the vertical scoring feature on the last design, this new scorebug utilizes a horizontal layout with one team on either side. Behind each franchise’s normal three-letter abbreviation is the team’s color and logo. Between the bold-lettered scores sit the inning, count and number of outs.
The most distinctive change lies with the on-base graphic. Instead of the old flat model, the new layout features a semi three-dimensional look as though you’re standing at home plate.
Just like any change to a broadcasting experience, people are having mixed reactions to this new scorebug.
I would have put the bases flat between the scores and put inning, count, and outs across the bottom like the previous version. https://t.co/wUNvhAUlis
— Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) October 7, 2021
I thought we bailed on the futuristic-look 15 years ago? https://t.co/iIgtMqWO6v
— Trey Mongrue (@TreyMongrue) October 7, 2021
I wholeheartedly welcome the return of team logos to the scorebug https://t.co/6wqPhw3vHO
— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) October 7, 2021
Awful. Why does it need to be so loud and flashy? My eye should be drawn to the game, not the circus in the corner of the screen https://t.co/jy1Nb9baBa
— Zach••• (@zachleft) October 7, 2021
This is SLEEK. I love it. https://t.co/bbYyuKHjeA
— Joel (@bozoclownputer) October 7, 2021
RIP to the best scorebug in MLB history https://t.co/LLG0D6M0UV
— Eso DeVulpes 🇮🇹🇺🇸 (@EsoDeVulpes) October 7, 2021
— J̷u̷s̷t̷i̷n̷ † (@JustinMLB) October 7, 2021
When the previous Fox Sports scorebug was released in 2017, many fans had issues with it as well. While plenty of viewers may be upset with this new design, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the new normal.
Fox Sports will broadcast both of today’s ALDS Game 1’s.
The White Sox and Astros will begin at 4:07 p.m. ET, followed by the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays at 8:07 p.m. ET.