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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

This Company Says It Can Predict When A Pitcher Will Get Injured

I can too! After they throw their first pitch!

How? The company claims to have an algorithm that combines the pitching insights of former pitcher and executive Matt Keough and the tech work of digital video pioneer Chuck Colby, who played three years of minor league ball, co-founded the streaming start-up Vosaic, and now owns an environmental company, SOS Mold.

Though DVPAA is curiously void of any background info about its founders and staff, Colby immediately replied to an email seeking comment. He explained in a series of interviews that there are two parts to the analysis: video-processing software and intuitive algorithms that also consider other pertinent data to derive a conclusion, i.e. a prediction on a pitcher’s future health. What’s necessary, Colby said, are a few video clips (with arm and shoulder visible) of each type of pitch a player throws to monitor the mechanics and angle of how it leaves his hand and some information such as velocity, pitch frequency, and medical history.


“I’m an under-promise, over-deliver guy and always have been—we’ve been able to get it [to] about 70 percent [accuracy] is what I tell people, and in truth it’s been a lot better than that,” Colby said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 20, 2016 at 02:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Washington Post: Tom Boswell: Nationals, Mets Take Far Different Approaches In Care Of Young Arms

Boz examines pitching philosophies:

The Nats put the arms of Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman, now a Tiger, ahead of short-term considerations. Those two are guaranteed to make more than $340 million in their careers. All five of the current young Mets starters combined, including Wheeler, are assured 1/30th of that. Is that exploitation? Do the Mets want to “win now” too much? Or the Nats too little?

Strasburg is 12-0, but it’ll take a few years to see how this turns out.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Angels pitchers Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney hoping stem-cell treatment helps them avoid Tommy John surgery

When Garrett Richards left his last outing at Texas on May 1, he felt arm fatigue. The club said he was dehydrated and cramping. A subsequent MRI revealed rather he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, a setback that requires Tommy John ligament replacement surgery for most pitchers.

The standard recovery takes up to 18 months.

Richards, instead, hopes to avoid the daunting post-surgery timetable and pitch again in a potential wild-card race thanks to a stem-cell shot he received last month from Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

“It’s an option, and I decided to take it,” Richards said. “Why not?”

So, on May 16, Yoon extracted bone marrow from Richards, concentrated it and injected the mixture back into the UCL in his elbow, aiming to repair the injured ligament.


 

 

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