MLB Introduces Innovative New Stat-Tracking Technology
Last night marked the official debut of the MLB Network’s new Statcast technology. Described as “a revolutionary technology that will change the way fans around the world view our national pastime,” Statcast uses different high-res cameras and radar equipment to track both ball and player movements throughout a game.
The Cardinals vs. Nationals game last night was the first to broadcast the new system, and it will continue to be used for all MLB Network Showcase games. Fans can view their favorite player stats both online and on television during and after a game, and coaches can use the same data to evaluate their team members, adjust their starting lineups and more.
MLB Business and Media President Bob Bowman announced that, “[The] hope is that this, for baseball, will be one of the largest advances in instant replay that we’ve seen in the last 50 years…We’ll try to make the game more interesting by describing what our defensive players do…”