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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Science gives Brewers edge in keeping arms healthy | News

Is the on-field tracking system being installed in all stadiums? This article suggests it’s optional.

Carroll and astrophysicist Meredith Wills were to make a Saturday presentation about their new field tracking system, which would allow a team to measure and analyze every movement on a baseball field. An example: A shortstop moved a certain distance at a certain speed to field a ground ball, ‘X’ seconds to transfer the baseball to his hand and ‘X’ more seconds to throw the ball ‘X’ feet at ‘X’ mph to first base.

Over the course of time, the system develops maps that could aid in defensive positioning while also noting subtle changes in players’ performance, potentially predicting injuries before they occur. It could also help teams quantify whether or not a rehabbing player is ready to return to action.

“It will end up somewhere. It would be nice if it ended up here [at Miller Park],” Wills said. “I would say that whoever goes with this first is going to have an advantage. Even back at the Winter Meetings when this was still in development, I had people in baseball saying, ‘Oh, you’ve got Moneyball 2.0.’”

Whether or not the Brewers invest in that particular technology, they will press on with their injury prevention efforts.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2012 at 08:10 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brewers, injuries, sabermetrics

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   1. Darren Posted: November 17, 2012 at 09:05 AM (#4304864)
Ha, the Brewers are just trying to keep up with the Red Sox infallible arm strengthening program. Good luck competing with that, suckers!
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: November 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM (#4304886)
i appreciate the effort

we will see
   3. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: November 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM (#4304897)
Ryan Braun was using science in 2011, right?
   4. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: November 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM (#4304916)
Thomas Dolby is the new strength and conditioning coach.
   5. Morton's Fork Posted: November 17, 2012 at 01:13 PM (#4304942)
I can't see that happening.

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