Playing According to Technology

It was just a couple of weeks ago when the baseball world was stunned by the excellent performance of a robot umpire during an Atlantic game. Now technology on the pitch is again under discussion. This time it is based on the role which technology played in getting a $13 million contract signed.

The Story of Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer wasn’t ever a good enough athlete to reach the top ranks of any sport. This is a fact to which he admitted to in the past. He managed to get to a point where he was the All-Star pitcher with a $13 million per year contract assigned to him. He attributes his success without any doubt towards his constant focus on improving his game based on data-driven facts from each game he played.

The Role of Data in Improvement

Over the ages, the ways of capturing data have improved and increased. Teams have an array of options available to them. These include high-resolution cameras, wind tunnels collecting data, high-speed cameras and much more. Applying the data gathered through these many ways is what Bauer believes can turn any player into an All-Star. Bauer is now the icon of success in this trend within the baseball industry. With so much data available to analyze and giving players’ valid pointers to improve on, the aim is to transform the quality of play through data. This also requires the absolute perseverance and focus of players to adhere and improve. Bauer admits to his obsession with measuring every aspect of his play, from his arm speed during pitching to some much more intrinsic measurements to continually improve. In the book by Travis Sawchik and Ben Lindberg, The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players, they describe the process how preparing players are taking on a new face. Data is now becoming the backbone of any improvements to be made.

The Future of Professional Baseball

The face of the future in professional baseball will be much more data-driven. These complex analytical measurements have already been incorporated within some Major League clubs. The lessons which were learned thus far from Bauer’s experience and stated by the narrators of MVP’s hold some tips for future stars.

These are to be driven by data but not ruled by it. Data needs to be used effectively but not obsessively. Always strive towards improving. In the end, winning is the result of continually improving. It is also vital to know that all the different kinds of technology bring a lot of information to players. This creates a much higher level of self-awareness. Self-awareness should lead to self-improvement and is a crucial part of the foundation of self-improvement.

Self-improvement has never been as much of a topic on the baseball pitch as it is now with all the different technologically enhanced sources collecting data. Any player now really has the benefit of becoming the best there is, and success is going to lean more towards being diligent in improvement, than on natural talent.