Baseball season is soon to be here, of that I am sure.
For those of you who know me and/or follow this blog at all, you know I like baseball a little.
Maybe just a wee bit.
Yes, I ‘m a baseball nerd. So much so that I tend to dive into many aspects of it. I like the nuances of being at a park and keeping a scorebook and such. A lot of times, I’ll miss something and pull out my phone and go to the MiLB app or the MLB app, depending on what game I’m at.
That’s the beauty of technology.
If you’ve ever been to a minor league park in the past couple of years, you’ll notice technology at work. Behind home plate at many parks have what looks like a mini globe, with items that look like solar panels. From what has been explained to me is that these are items that track a lot of what’s going on the field and send immediate things back to the major league team.
On top of that, teams often have anywhere from five or so cameras to more than a dozen in all different parts of a park. That gives many vantage points of things going on during the game.
A year or so ago, I spoke with a guy, who was maybe in his early 20s, getting all the cameras after the game. That was a main part of his job – putting the cameras out, getting them after, and putting things together. Think about that over a full baseball season and it seems like some of those jobs are filled by interns.
So what does all this mean? Let’s go back to the phone app.
For those of us who are baseball nerds – and there are many of us – the phone apps can be a lot of fun for discussion. Many tend to be armchair umpires and all, but it’s also just fun to be able to talk about what we saw as compared to an app. I am not sure exactly how the app works or receives its information, but it makes for interesting items to think about.
A player is up at bat, takes two pitches and has a one ball, one strike count on them. I might be curious about a pitch as maybe it looked high and inside. I can go to the app and see the flight of the pitch and where it was, as well as what type of pitch it is.
OK, it’s never going to be 100 percent accurate, but it gives you something to work with. A pitch can be high or low, in or out … and this tracker will give you a way to see.
If you are baseball nut like myself, or just wanting to learn more about games as you are attending them, this is a great way to do it.
Plus, any baseball is good baseball!
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