Rumors have been floating over the past couple of weeks about teams using fake crowd noise during games this season. With most teams presumably not allowing fans at their ballparks, it sets up an interesting atmosphere (and yes, there are lots of jokes about the Rays and Marlins playing with no fans in a normal year).
The only time in recent history where we've seen a game with no fans in attendance was in 2015 when the Orioles hosted the White Sox in an empty stadium due to civil unrest in Baltimore at the time.
It was an odd game to watch, but it serves as an example of what we could see this season, unless teams go ahead and use fake crowd noise. You might be wondering what that would look, or sound, like. Well, Tim Healey of Newsday is here to show us.
This video from the Mets' intrasquad game on Wednesday is a little bit weird to watch, but that's what we could expect from fake crowd noise this season. It seems unnatural due to the fact that there are no actual people in the ballpark, but it might have to be done, otherwise watching baseball this season will feel like watching The Masters.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.