MLB Teams Using Drones To Film Practices During Spring Training
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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Baseballs aren’t the only things being launched over Spring Training stadiums in Florida.
Both the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals are using drones to film practices.
Comcast Sportsnet Washington reports the Nationals used drones with GoPro cameras on Sunday.
The Nats are either getting overhead video with a drone … or we’re about to be bombed. pic.twitter.com/ANAnRIgG47
— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) February 16, 2014
“I asked them not to throw any baseballs at that,” manager Matt Williams said.
CSN Washington reports the practices the drone will record will be used for in-house purposes and scoreboard videos.
The Miami Herald reports the Marlins have ordered a drone to begin filming their practices. Players are also wearing cameras affixed to their caps and helmets in an effort to study their techniques from a different perspective.
“It’s mostly early on doing drills,” Marlins video coordinator Cullen McRae told the Herald. “It’s not going to be anything that interferes with game stuff. I really don’t know what to expect. It’s just to get a different perspective. I’m just trying to be creative. I’ve been here 18 years and technology is always evolving. I’m just trying to keep up with technology, and luckily for me, the Marlins have always given me the resources to be able to keep up with the trends in technology.”
The Nationals are expected to compete for the National League East title this season, while the Marlins are predicted to finish in the back-of-the-pack.