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Joey Votto: Reds star apologizes for bashing Canadian baseball

Joey Votto: Reds star apologizes for bashing Canadian baseball

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May 16 (UPI) -- Cincinnati Reds star and Canada native Joey Votto apologized Wednesday for negative comments he made about Canadian baseball. The five-time All-Star was a guest on a Yahoo Sports podcast Tuesday when he made the comments. Votto was asked about fellow Canadian James Paxton throwing a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 8 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. "I don't care almost at all about Canadian baseball," Votto said on the podcast. "I wasn't raised inside of Canadian baseball really ... I'm coming up on half of my life being in the United States working and being supported by American baseball." Votto later repeated that he didn't "care at all" about the fact that the Seattle Mariners pitcher threw the no-no on Canadian soil. "As far as Toronto, and Canadi...
Computer vision and motor tests predict who can hit a baseball

Computer vision and motor tests predict who can hit a baseball

Science
Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The latest research out of Duke University Medical Center suggests baseball scouts could be replaced by computers in the not-too-disant future.A series of computer-based vision and motor tasks performed by baseball players predicted which test-takers were most likely to excel at the plate. The tests were taken on large touch screen computers called Nike Sensory Stations. Those who scored highest were more likely to earn better on-base percentages, more walks and fewer strikeouts."There has been a data revolution in the game of baseball over the past decade with the introduction of technologies that track the speed and movement of every pitch, the location of players in the field, and other tools that can quantify player performance like never before," Kyle Burris, a statist...
Study analyzes visual tracking strategies in baseball

Study analyzes visual tracking strategies in baseball

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Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Researchers from Ohio State University's College of Optometry have found that batters change their visual tracking strategies depending on whether they swing or not.The study, published in the August edition of Optometry and Vision Science, measured horizontal eye and head movements in two collegiate baseball players who were up to bat with a pitching machine.Researchers found that patterns of head and eye movements are slightly different when batters are swinging compared to "taking" a pitch, meaning not swinging at a pitch.The study tracked head movements in the baseball players by using an inertial sensor mounted on the players' helmets. Eye movements were tracked using a video eye tracker, both showed differences in tracking when swinging compared to not swinging at pit...
MLB: Tampa Bay Rays OF Colby Rasmus taking break from baseball

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays OF Colby Rasmus taking break from baseball

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The Tampa Bay Rays placed outfielder Colby Rasmus on the restricted list, and he is not expected to play again this season, the Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday. Rasmus has had physical problems recently, and the Times reported Rasmus has decided to "step away" from baseball. Rasmus, 30, had surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle last offseason. However, the hip still bothered him in spring training and he began the season on the disabled list. He played his first game of the season on May 2, but went back on the disabled list on June 23. Rasmus is hitting .281 with nine homers while playing in 37 games this season. Last season he hit .206 with 15 homers. The Rays issued a statement, which read, "The Rays fully support Colby's decision to step away from baseball. We are...