Fortune: Why Major League Baseball Teams Are Turning to Virtual Reality


Cody Andersen, a right-handed pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, stands on his mound. He winds up, aims, throws a 91 mph fastball, and hits the upper right corner of the strike zone.


Andersen does this inside a Starbucks in Midtown Manhattan, without anyone spilling a latte. That’s because this is a video game-like version of himself, an athlete caught inside a Samsung S7-enabled virtual reality ballpark, powered by EON Sports VR’s specially-made goggles and software. All of Andersen’s pitching tendencies can be seen up close—his pitch repertoire, how fast he throws each of them, and which part of the strike zone he often favors.

In total, there are 50,000 different pitches available from thousands of MLB players that are all pulled from the cloud into Eon Sports’ “Project OPS” software for baseball players. “It’s like an advanced scouting report,” CEO Brendan Reilly told Fortune.

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2016-06-06T11:30:09+00:00