Baseball|Putting Data Science on a Player’s Sleeve

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS April 2, 2016 BRADENTON, Fla. — As the Pirates prospect Matt Benedict tossed a baseball on Roberto Clemente Field at Pittsburgh’s minor league complex late one Sunday afternoon, five blue sensors attached to his body recorded 39 sets of measurements, including shoulder rotation, hip speed and stride. Minutes later, Benedict, a 27-year-old right-hander, examined a hand-held computer, checking how he rated against test groups. Biometric baseball has arrived. Programmers have already revolutionized the game with defensive shifts. Now they hope a new wealth of data will stop the spate of torn ulnar collateral ligaments and its accompanying epidemic of Tommy John operations. “It’s the next sabermetrics,” said Glenn Fleisig, who has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and directs research at Dr. James Andrews’s American Sports Medicine Institute. “It’s science…


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