The mighty Los Angeles Dodgers, who have the best record in the National League and have made back-to-back World Series appearances, continue to find ways to get better.
One of the new things they are wrapped up in is using virtual reality to help their hitters prepare for opposing pitchers. At this point, it's worth a shot.
“Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for all of our position players, to supply resources that speak to each one of them,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “A few of our guys have really enjoyed the VR experience. At this point, we’re still learning.”
Cody Bellinger, who is leading baseball in hitting and RBI, is one of the Dodger players to put on the headset and get an idea of what to expect from pitchers on the opposing team.
Bellinger admittedly didn't find it helpful, but outfielder Joc Pederson is all about it, which might be why he's doing more damage at the dish and having his best offensive season to date.
A company called WIN Reality, which is co-founded by former MLB general manager Dan O'Dowd and his son Chris, is supplying the headsets and other necessary equipment. This kind of technology is catching fire, as the Dodgers aren't the only big league team going this route.
There are 10 major-league clients using virtual reality, including the Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates. It's only a matter of time until all 30 clubs have their own VR room setup in their clubhouses.