— Diamond Kinetics (@DiamondKinetics) May 20, 2018
PITTSBURGH – For the third consecutive year, Diamond Kinetics was invited by the Pittsburgh Pirates to take part in the #PlayBall Weekend – an initiative from MLB and USA Baseball meant to encourage participation in all forms of baseball among all ages, with a special focus on youth.
“The purpose of the initiative is just to remind people that you can engage with baseball without having nine guys on each team, uniforms and umpires,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said during the event’s launch in 2015. “There are lots of small games that are ways to play baseball that can be really fun for kids and can really help them develop skills.”
As part of the day’s interactive baseball activities, the Diamond Kinetics team set up shop on Federal Street, right outside PNC Park, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning prior to the Pittsburgh Pirates – San Diego Padres game.
Players and parents were treated to lessons on the science of baseball from Diamond Kinetics co-founder Dr. Buddy Clark and Director of Engineering Mike Ressler. Each participant was then able to take live swings off a tee and collect real-time swing data with the SwingTracker sensor.
Participants were also able to utilize the Axon Sports pitch recognition app during the day’s festivities and see how cognitive brain training works for baseball. Moreover, players and parents were treated to a first-hand look at the revolutionary PitchTracker smart baseball.
Beautiful morning on Federal Street for the @Pirates Play Ball event. Proud to represent @DiamondKinetics to the soon to be hoards of kids anxious to see the home team win! 🙂 pic.twitter.com/x9zHRfqped
— Michael Ressler (@mressler) May 20, 2018
— C.J. Handron (@CJ_Handron) May 20, 2018