With the start of the 2006 Postseason, the MLB.com Gameday team has some exciting announcements for Gameday fans, principally the launch of the trial of our Enhanced Gameday service. We’ve spent the season installing equipment in select ballparks to very accurately track pitch trajectory, break, and speed. What you’re seeing in Enhanced Gameday are the real time results of that data capture, designed to allow you, the fan to better understand what each batter faces on a per-pitch basis.
We hope you enjoy the product on the select games we’re covering this post-season. We’ll be running it on a more widespread basis during the 2007 season. Stay tuned here for additional announcements regarding the product, and feel free to privde feedback via comments on the blog.
A few quick notes to help you better understand the product:
– Speeds are displayed with two values, indicating speed as the ball is released from the pitcher’s hand, and speed as it crosses the plate.
– Break is currently defined as the measurement of the distance between the location of the actual pitch thrown over the plate, and the calculated location of a ball thrown by the pitcher in the same way, with no spin.