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Fun with live audio: Jason Kipnis sings Adele

Mar 8, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

Jason Kipnis AP

The MLB Network experimented with live audio during Wednesday’s Cactus League game between the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks.

The broadcast featured several players on each team wearing live microphones, and also had mics at each base, down the first- and third-base lines, as well as along the outfield wall.

A pretty cool idea overall, though Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan told Jordan Bastian of that he felt like he couldn’t be himself, and Cleveland manager Manny Acta said he had to curb not only his language, but some of the private conversations he’d normally have with his coaches.

The whole thing became immediately worthwhile, though, when Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis broke out his best Adele imitation, singing “Someone Like You.” You can watch/listen to Kipnis’ performance here.

Then listen to Adele below, compare and see who has the best voice. Then try to get that song out of your head.

Can you say Grammy?

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  1. steveohho - Mar 8, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Enjoyed watching this game very much. Minimal announcing and sounds from the field such as gloves smacking and the sound of the bat hitting the ball were a refreshing departure from the incessant banter coming from the annoying announcers (take your pick) in the booth. Now if the league could give you different video angles like from the 3rd base or 1st base side or even an overhead shot of the diamond on demand and less close up face shots of the hitters, they could make the game TV friendly once and for all.

  2. burm61 - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Kipnis may not be able to sing but he is going to be a stud for the Tribe. With ACab and Kipnis at short and second they have a fierce middle infield.

  3. latchbeam - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    That was hilarious!! Kipnis is already a fan favorite and that sense of humor will only help. Great idea MLB! Its a great way for fans to see what’s going on in the dugout and getting to know the players and coaches better.

  4. - Mar 8, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    I only caught the first three innings last night and I thought it brought out more of what baseball was intended to be. No constant chatter, just the game and players, umpires, managers talking.

  5. motherscratcher23 - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    We are all Kipnisses

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