Differences in Baseball
Over the years, many things have changed in the game of baseball. For those who grew up watching baseball in the 70’s many fans have noticed that the speed of the game is now slower, the use of technology affects how baseball is played, and it overall seems more commercialized. An ongoing debate in the baseball community is whether these changes are necessary or if they have left the game unrecognizable. This blog will give an overview of the changes we have noticed since Rod’s time.
Despite many efforts from the MLB to enforce new rules, games are taking longer than ever. Coaches have access to previously unimaginable technology allowing them to know which of their players will be most successful in any given moment of the game – meaning more player changes during games.
The use of data and technology is the most significant factor in the way baseball is currently being played, managed, and coached. Ever wonder why a pitcher knows exactly what to throw to a batter, the defense knows exactly where to stand, and hitters can change their swing from one game to the next? It’s due to the scientific and analytical assessments of players and their opponents. And yet, they do not have an intuitive grasp of the game. You can see countless players today who seem paralyzed by over-analysis. Coaches depend on high-speed cameras, video analysis, and different types of pitching & hitting software to make sure their team has as many advantages to win as possible. But is it working?
Back in the day, teams did not rely on as much data and technology to be successful. Many of the most successful players, like Rod, knew the game and situations. When hitting, Rod had to take it one pitch at a time; he checked out where the infielders were standing and created a plan based on his knowledge about the pitcher, the situation in the game and what his team needed. His iconic batting stance was not something that was built from a hitting software but it was something that he realized made him more successful. This level of individual understanding was the reason why players put more of an emphasis on base hits, bunting, and stolen bases, not just hitting home runs.
However, the use of data and technology isn’t going anywhere – teams will do anything they can to win and many believe the answer is relying on statistics and biometrics. Rod would love to hear your thoughts – you can connect with Rod through his social media platforms and the website.