While most owners stick their profits and "Yankee Tax" money in their pockets, the Yankees put their money to good use.
Bronx Bombers Using Breakthrough System at Spring Training Site and During Season at Yankee Stadium.
MILFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 27, 2006--ProBatter Sports has sold its breakthrough pitching simulator to the New York Yankees. The ProBatter Professional Baseball system combines the latest proprietary computer and video technology to almost perfectly duplicate the experience of facing live pitching. This past week, the simulator was delivered to the Yankees facility in Tampa for spring training, and will be moved and installed at Yankee Stadium for the regular season.
Alex Rodriguez was quoted as saying, "I love it. It's competitive and you have to compete against it to hit."
Jason Giambi said, "I have it in my hitting cages in Vegas ... (Brian) Cashman called to ask me about it and I said it was great. It gives you a look at everything and at every speed."
The ProBatter Professional Baseball system allows a hitter to face the life-sized image of an actual pitcher winding up (or throwing from a stretch) and delivering a pitch on a video screen. An actual ball is thrown through the screen by a computer controlled pitching module, which is capable of delivering any pitch that a human pitcher can. The batter is thus challenged by an endless variety of real pitches -- fastballs, sinkers, cutters, curves, sliders, change-ups, etc. -- at speeds up to 100 mph. Pitch velocity can be varied in increments of two mph and thrown to predetermined locations inside and outside the strike zone with pinpoint accuracy.