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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Baseball, Judgment, and Technocracy

(Alan) Jacobs, a life-long fan, explained why the game was losing its hold on him. Chiefly, it amounted to the triumph of fine-grained analytics dictating team strategy. As Jacobs succinctly put it, “Strangely enough, baseball was better when we knew less about the most effective way to play it.”

This paradoxical point, with which I tend to agree, raises an interesting question. By way of getting to that question, I’ll first recall for us Heidegger’s distinction between what is correct and what is true. What is correct may not yet be true, in part because it may be incomplete and thus potentially if not actually misleading. Perhaps we might similarly distinguish, along the lines of Jacobs’s analysis, between what is correct and what is good. As Jacobs readily concedes, the analytically sophisticated way of approaching the game yields results. GMs, managers, and players are correct to to pursue its recommendation. However, granting this point, might we not also be able to conclude that while it is correct it is not good. Its correctness obfuscates some larger reality about the game, or the human experience of the game, in which the goodness of the game consists.

We might generalize this observation in this way. The analytically intensive approach to the game is a mode of optimization. Optimization seems to be something like a fundamental value operating at the intersection of technology and society. Like efficiency, it is a value that seems most appropriate to the operation of a machine, but it has seeped into the cultural sphere. It has become a personal value. We seek to optimize both devices and the self. But to what end? Is such optimization good? Perhaps it is correct in this field or that endeavor, but at what cost?

The effects of analytics on baseball aesthetics may be one of the better examples of the law of unintended consequences.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Sarris: MLB moving from Trackman to Hawk-Eye tracking system – The Athletic

Maybe now we’ll be able to get some infield defensive metrics.

Five years after it was installed in an effort to measure the previously unmeasurable, radar-based player- and ball-tracking system Trackman looks like it’s on its way out as the technology of choice for Major League Baseball. Multiple sources inside front offices across the league confirm that Hawk-Eye’s optical technology — known to tennis fans as the basis of the automated serve tracking system — is currently being installed in baseball stadiums across the country for a two-month run-up that should end in a full change in technology for the 2020 season.

MLB offered no comment on the scope of the upcoming deal with Hawk-Eye. Hawk-Eye and Trackman representatives had not responded to requests for comment at the time of publication.

Multiple sources cited an improvement in accuracy as the main reason for the change.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, technology

Friday, March 22, 2019

Baseball’s new frontier: Inside the looming battle between players and teams over the new data – The Athletic

There are some serious issues involved with the new tech.

The most exciting aspect of new wearable technology — and there are quite a few, as our story outlined today — is that it can put a number on athletic movements that we used to describe generally, out of necessity. Now, thanks to new data, we can be specific. These vests, and sleeves, and monitors, they provide that data. Glorious data.

How that data can be used, and who has access to it, has quickly become the most contested aspect of this new technology in baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2019 at 10:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, technology

Baseball’s new frontier: How wearable technology is reshaping the game – The Athletic

Johnson goes back to the printout he grabbed, of one of baseball’s best hitters. The kinematic sequences are hard to read at first, but after hours of going over examples, they get easier. This is why a good portion of these seminars with major league clubs is focused on getting them to understand how to read the data properly.

Right away, you notice a problem with this one. There is a drastic dropoff at the hips followed by an unusual uptick at the hands. There is an enviable amount of power generated at the end, but it’s akin to the fire hydrant and garden hose.

“We look at this and say, ‘Ok we have a big issue here.’ Maybe he’s only using 60 percent of his hips? How scary is that?” Johnson said.  “When you’re so talented and working at only 85 percent efficiency, that doesn’t mean he still can’t be better than anyone in the world. He has the natural ability to make up for that deficiency. But that doesn’t mean you have the ability to do it and stay healthy.”

The player above has been an MVP candidate in past seasons. He has had hundreds of hitting coaches. No one had ever said the problem was his hips. The day after getting his screening results, that hitter went out and bought his own K-Vest.
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“Say I’m watching a guy and, as a coach, I’m not sure if he’s using his hips or not. Maybe it’s a good guess or a bad guess. But it’s a guess. If you get the sequencing, you can know,” Johnson said. “Now, I’m getting a whole exam on him, the doctor comes back and says yeah he’s got some issues (with the hips). Work on prehab, than they work on retraining his motor patterns. That’s Scenario A.

“Scenario B is, he never gets fixed. And here’s the rub with the players: If (he has a hip issue and it) gets brought to a coach and it’s, ‘Hey, can you coach around this?’ Yes? ‘Great, let’s do it.’ No? ‘OK let’s get rid of him. Release him. Trade him.’

“That’s what the players don’t want.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2019 at 10:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, technology

Monday, March 18, 2019

MLB Tries iPitch Watch In Spring Training Games

Jesse Dougherty @dougherty_jesse
2019.03.18 10:37

MLB is at Nationals’ camp today workshopping a new communication device for pitchers and catchers. It would allow catchers to type a pitch call (with location) into a watch that is connected to a watch the pitcher is wearing on the mound. An effort to eliminate sign-stealing.

* Computers do not always work as expected.
* The r.f. spectrum at ballparks is congested already.
* Catcher’s wrist movements could tell via high-resolution camera.
* Other unintended consequences.

 

Bote Man Posted: March 18, 2019 at 11:31 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, rules, sign stealing, technology

Friday, March 01, 2019

Rapsodo and Edgertronic are changing baseball | MLB.com

Baseball’s hot tech.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2019 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Detroit Tigers’ Casey Mize impresses with new-age ideas, old-school ethic

Mize, for one, is a huge believer in this technology. In fact, it led him to change the shape and grip of his slider. 

“It’s the most efficient way to develop a pitch,” he said. “The numbers are right there in front of you. You can see the flight of the ball, the path of the ball. You know how it’s playing off your other pitches. With the slow-motion cameras, you can see the last thing the ball touches out of my hand.”

Mize, after studying the spin axis and release of his slider and comparing the data to others who have had success with the pitch, he determined it would better for him to use more of a sweeping slider, more of a curve-slider hybrid, than what he had been throwing.

“These guys up here have really good breaking balls and really good fastballs,” said Mize, whose repertoire also includes a four-seamer, two-seamer, cutter and splitter. “You start looking at all the numbers and it just makes sense. The numbers don’t lie. If a guy has a really good curve ball, he’s spinning the crap out of it.

“And a guy with a good fastball, he’s either sinking it with lower spin rate, or he’s riding it with higher spin rate. This is stuff I have really bought into.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2019 at 01:13 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: casey mize, technology, tigers

 

 

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