New Tech Throws Baseball A CurveApril 14, 2010 - 1:04 PM | by: Adam Housley
The crack of a bat, the whip of a baseball, for generations these skills of America's pastime have been noted by the eyes of those who gauge the game. Trained scouts and coaches watch and help build players, honing their skills from the time they are drafted all the way until retirement. But now technology has caught up with America's pastime.
As San Francisco Giants CIO Bill Schlough tells me, “when a new technology emerges and does have an impact on the team, we want to be among the first to have a competitive advantage...those competitive advantages don't last for long though.”
As Bill explains, new technology is quickly embraced by teams, so any competitive advantage likely only last for a few months and a year at the most. So this new modern tech throwing baseball minds a curve by modern science, means every single pitch can be tracked by a computer. Noting the speed, spin, even every movement down to a fraction.
My question is, will they or should they use it to call balls and strikes? You know every serious fan will be calling the shots using it when the home plate ump makes a bad call.