The MLB Home Run Derby — if the rain lets up and the bashers start bashing — will offer fans a futuristic point of view through baseball's new data-tracking system.
You've likely heard about how MLB is rolling out an advanced data-tracking system that's capable of telling you what type of angles players take to balls, how fast they're running and so forth. Since Target Field in Minneapolis is one of the stadiums outfitted with the new system (coming league-wide in 2015), MLB is using the Home Run Derby as a chance to show off. It's running the new data-tracking tools live on MLB.com and through the At-Bat app.
Watch the video above, captured during batting practice for an example. It's pretty neat. The MLB technology is capable of capturing data on homers rather quick — it only takes about half a second to do the calculations.
In other words, who needs Chris Berman yelling "Back, back, back, back!" when you can catch the numbers right on your computer screen or tablet. All hail the RoboBerman!
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