If you’re a fan of the hero cam, get ready to become a fan of Marlins practices. Apparently the team is going in a different direction and adopting the use of technology to aid in the coaching of its hitters and pitchers. The Miami Herald reports that the team will use helmet mounted cameras and drones to track footage and improve performance of its players.
Team video coordinator Cullen McRae was asked about possibly integrating something similar by team manager Mike Redmond, who had seen skiers using their helmet cams to record their runs. These helmet-mounted cameras have been increasingly used by extreme sport athletes, from skiers to surfers to skydivers. The implementation of a drone will provide different angles as well around the field. One wonders if the major media outlets will find ways to implement drones into their coverage and if so, whether or not this could have a factor in the use of instant replay for MLB umpires.
McRae reiterated that these cameras and drones would only be used in drills and practice, not in games. So don’t go running to YouTube just yet to get a first person look at a Jose Fernandez fastball or a Giancarlo Stanton crushed home run. But you can suspect that will be coming.