Biomechanics technology firm Motus Global completed a pilot study of the Motus Sleeve in partnership with nine Major League Baseball teams during this year’s fall instructional league games. Coaches and trainers from the teams — the Astros, Braves, Dodgers, Indians, Mariners, Orioles, Pirates, Red Sox, and Yankees — received real-time information to help optimize their pitchers’ performance and to prevent injuries.
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It’s been a big week for Zepp‘s MLB partners. Their recent update included three-dimensional swing data and videos from some of the biggest names in baseball. And just hours after one won the American League Most Valuable Player award, another put the finishing touches on a record-breaking 13-year, $325 million contract.
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Collaboration with Jeff Long
Perplexed, I posed a simple question to a colleague, Bryan Cole. I wanted to know how realistic it is for a manager to use recent performance to ‘predict’ a reliever’s next performance. Bryan built out a series of scatter plots that quickly illustrate how difficult it would be to say with confidence that recent performance was especially significant. We selected three relievers (one elite, one middle-of-the-road, and one poor) to quickly take a look at how recent performance predicts the results of a pitcher’s next outing.
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We’ve seen the strike zone fluctuate by season, by count, and by batter handedness. Does the type of pitch thrown also affect the size of the zone?
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