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.