Will iPad Pros Hit a Homerun in the MLB?
If you’ve ever seen the movie Moneyball with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, you know today’s baseball isn’t the same as it was 50 years ago. We’re using algorithms and computers to find out what can make a team better rather than relying only on scouts. It’s a widely known fact that the only technology allowed in the dugout is a telephone with a cord primarily used to call the GM watching the game from one of the boxes, but Major League Baseball is taking a major step in changing that. The newest addition to a game that’s become America’s pastime is iPad Pros in the dugouts. Is Apple trying to move in on the old-time binders full of pages with information about every player? That’s precisely right.
Everyone knows Apple is a high tech company that has their products used by businesses across the globe, but they’re entering a new field now: baseball. Major League Baseball once forbade the use of technology in the dugouts, but now is welcoming it. The days of using binders for stats on players and positions is gone. The days of having total access to information during a game are just beginning.
iPad Pros in dugouts will allow managers, coaches, and players to assess situations and games like they never have before. “Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said iPad Pros will give baseballs insiders what they need ‘right at the touch of their fingers and when it matters most, during the game’” (ESPN). This partnership is trying to allow coaches and managers to use data analytics to get the most out of their players. By using data analytics, mangers’ decision making processes will become more concise and useful for the team.
Here’s the catch: the iPads are not allowed to be connected to the internet during a game. All data that the coaches, managers, and players want must be downloaded and saved before the game starts. So for everyone screaming this introduction of smart technology is going to ruin baseball, that’s not it’s goal. Rob Manfred is quoted saying, “Our collaboration with Apple on the use of iPad Pro in dugouts and bullpens is part of our ongoing effort to introduce extraordinary technology into our game” (USAToday). The goal of introducing iPad Pros to the dugouts isn’t to take the game to a new level with unlimited technology involved, but to improve on what is being used now.
So after watching the National Football League step up their game and allow coaches to use Microsoft’s Surface 2s during games, Major League Baseball is attempting to keep up with the constantly advancing technological society we’re living in.