THE ESCALATING ARMS RACE IN BASEBALL – HOW TECHNOLOGY AFFECTS BASEBALL EQUIPMENT



Baseball players always look for an edge, but this Wired article runs through some of the latest technology affecting baseball equipment. Some it makes sense, some doesn’t.

The first thing examined is the new line of Stealth Gloves from Eaton. With Kevlar added to the mix, Eaton touts these gloves as the lightest ever.

The next item is the most interesting by far is Bionic Gloves. The key is the ergonomic studies that go into them. The gloves actually use the high points to help a player keep power in the hitting swing instead of holding onto the bat. They even help golfers.

The last item is the venerable wood bat. From the article, Brian Hillerich, project specialist for Louisville Slugger said:

We’re experimenting with wood from the top of trees, wood that’s been submerged in water, wood harvested in the spring, summer and winter, and constantly looking at new species.