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Tech-savvy Pirates testing a new secret weapon this spring | TribLIVE

Or how much can Russell Martin eat?

This spring the Pirates are experimenting with sports science technology. Prior to and during games this exhibition season, some Pirates are wearing Zephyr workload monitoring devices. Under select players’ jerseys is a tight-fitting, compression shirt, which has a black, circular, detachable electronic device — about the size of a quarter — attached near the center of the chest. The device collects data from a sensor that records players’ heartbeats and energy consumption. The device’s most noticeable features are blinking green and red lights.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2014 at 07:33 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bitter Mouse Posted: March 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4674402)
The device’s most noticeable features are blinking green and red lights.


This made me laugh.
   2. jingoist Posted: March 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4674462)
Those are navigation lights: red for port/left and green for starboard or right.

Coaches use these lights to tell players whether to turn left or right when chasing grounders or fly balls.

Early results are said to be "quite promising".
   3. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: March 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM (#4674471)
The device’s most noticeable features are blinking green and red lights.


...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope. Oh damn, I'll com in again.
   4. theboyqueen Posted: March 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM (#4674472)
Guess we figured out who bought the supercomputer.
   5. dr. scott Posted: March 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4674481)
All I can think of is William shatner in Airplane 2.

I mean, down here there are literally hundreds and thousands of blinking, beeping, and flashing lights, blinking and beeping and flashing - they're *flashing* and they're *beeping*. I can't stand it anymore!
   6. zonk Posted: March 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4674488)
It's all fun and games until Anonymous hacks into the system and sends Andrew McCutchen crashing repeatedly into the wall.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 20, 2014 at 01:27 PM (#4674509)
Do these devices also send out positive ions that balance the body's energy flow and eliminate toxins?
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 20, 2014 at 01:28 PM (#4674510)
It's all fun and games until Anonymous hacks into the system and sends Andrew McCutchen crashing repeatedly into the wall.


He must kill...the queen.
   9. McCoy Posted: March 20, 2014 at 01:47 PM (#4674518)
I wonder how many teams bought hula hoops when they were the hot new technology.
   10. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 20, 2014 at 01:56 PM (#4674523)
Do these devices also send out positive ions that balance the body's energy flow and eliminate toxins?


Uhm, no, you only get those from the magic of copper bracelets and dirty hemp necklaces.
   11. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: March 20, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4674525)
That Cray wasn't purchased for baseball purposes AT ALL!
   12. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: March 20, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4674526)
records players’ heartbeats and energy consumption.


Prince Fielder is the MLB leader.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 20, 2014 at 02:33 PM (#4674540)
Uhm, no, you only get those from the magic of copper bracelets and dirty hemp necklaces.


Bah. Not interested then. But what are these bracelets you speak of? Might I be able to purchase one via my television?
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 20, 2014 at 02:44 PM (#4674549)
I wonder how many teams bought hula hoops when they were the hot new technology.


"I don't get what the big deal is," said Pablo Sandoval. "You're supposed to be able to make it move?"
   15. valuearbitrageur Posted: March 20, 2014 at 03:06 PM (#4674568)
The device collects data from a sensor that records players heart


The new breakthrough that melds scouting and technology into one unified model, measuring players heart*.

* Grit measurement also available via in app purchase.
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 20, 2014 at 03:21 PM (#4674580)
Pirates management observed that McCutchen's heart rate and energy consumption increased significantly in the innings preceding Pirates victories. "There's no doubt in our minds," one exec said. "He's willing the team to win."
   17. zonk Posted: March 20, 2014 at 03:56 PM (#4674606)
Dateline, 2041...

Barry Bonds Jr receives a 50 game suspension for overclocking the CPU on his heart transponder....
   18. ptodd Posted: March 20, 2014 at 11:55 PM (#4674705)
Might be used to wirelessly communicate location to the batter from someone watching the game on TV or in CF
   19. Lassus Posted: March 21, 2014 at 08:28 AM (#4674739)
But what are these bracelets you speak of? Might I be able to purchase one via my television?

Nah, they sent that guy to jail. Only valid, working items are for sale now. Like Jeff Francoeur.
   20. Bitter Mouse Posted: March 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM (#4674795)
But does any of this work better than that goofy ugly looking tape all the Olympic athletes were wearing?
   21. Hal Chase School of Professionalism Posted: March 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4674885)
All I can think of is William Shatner in Airplane 2.


"Get me a complete file on everybody who's seen The Sound of Music more than four times.... You! Dig a six foot trench around the entire base. Fill it with gasoline."
   22. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: March 21, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4674902)
I guess this technology could be moderately useful for a pitcher, but I don't see the use for anyone else. Soccer teams have started using these and, obviously, it's much more useful there when trying to determine which pair of tired legs to replace.

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