The Rays have added another high-tech tool to their pregame preparation routine, a virtual reality system that allows batters to experience the pitchers they are about to face.
«It’s pretty awesome,» said outfielder Steven Souza Jr., one of the early adopters. «I think anytime you can see a pitcher before you actually get in there, it’s unbelievable. It’s like standing in the bullpen. And how many times do you honestly get to do that for the opposing team?»
The Rays are one of several big-league teams, among them the Pirates, to incorporate virtual reality training, though team officials didn’t want to discuss any details of the partnership with EON Sports VR.
«We are looking forward to learning more about the technology and how it might benefit our players,» baseball operations president Matt Silverman said Tuesday.
In announcing the arrangement, EON executive Brendan Reilly said it can be a significant tool.
«Nothing can replace the at-bat experience, but our technology enables players to maximize repetitions and their performance in the batters’ box,» he said. «This is invaluable technology for teams looking to gain a competitive edge against their opponents.»
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