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Technology and the Game of Baseball

Boot Camp feature for Monday, June 25, 2007

Technology and the game of baseball. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. There are pitchers using iPods to study opposing hitters….hitters using computerized pitching simulators…that emulate pitchers they'll be facing. And players and managers are bombarded with statistics. New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre, who has been playing and managing in the big leagues for 47 years, says some technology is useful….

"Statistics are one thing. Statistics in a lot of areas are misleading. But the video, especially with the way we play our season, where you maybe don't play teams a lot, you don't know a great deal of information about certain pitchers or certain hitters, the technology of video can really sort of cut to the chase and get you the information that really you can't read about."

But Torre says there can be such a thing as too much technology…too much information…

"For the most part, I remind players from time to time that they have to trust their ability and trust the fact that they'll react to certain situations and I just sense that with all the information we have, we try to make this game too perfect. And it's far from perfect."

Torre is using the Web, at JoeTorre.org, to reach out to victims of domestic violence through his Safe at Home Foundation in partnership with Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.