3/27/14, "Yankees Create App for Scouting Reports,
" NY Times, David Waldstein
"A quick survey of the most popular applications that Yankees
players have on their tablets might reveal several versions of Angry
Birds and perhaps a stock market tracker. But the one app they will all
be expected to have this
year cannot be bought on iTunes.
is a new internal app that
will make all the club’s scouting material,
including videos and written reports, readily available through the
Manager Joe Girardi
said the app was developed by Brett Weber, the baseball operations coaching assistant for the Yankees.
a better way to communicate important information with the players,”
Girardi said. “And it can be tailored to what each guy wants.”
also enables players to access the information wherever they are. If
they want to see what a left-handed reliever throws, or check the video
on a right-handed slugger, they can watch at home, at their locker, on a
plane or in their hotel rooms, without having to get any special
a good idea,” said Derek Jeter, the team captain. “I don’t know if I’ll
be looking at it in my hotel room, but it does mean you can look stuff
up whenever you want and you don’t necessarily have to wait for a video
screen to be free in the clubhouse.”
is not one to dwell on complicated scouting reports. He likes to know
what the pitchers throw, and how hard they throw it, and the rest is up
But the new app could prove more useful to others.
and the Yankees started developing
the system last year, and a few
players, like Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira, received an advance
version. Weber then spent time over the winter and this spring training
refining it and preparing it for teamwide distribution.
the season, he and other members
of the Yankees’ technical staff will
gather and update information daily, and it will then be pushed to the
players’ tablets. Players can also get individualized information on
their past performances against specific opponents.
“It’s just like an app,” Gardner said. “I used it last year, and whatever I asked for, it would just appear.” If a player loses his tablet, the Yankees can just wipe away the information. At the very least, the new app could change the way players prepare for games.
the past 15 years, the visiting clubhouse included a table where
players sat and watched scouting videos. If all the computers were taken
they might have to wait their turn.
Many teams, including
the Yankees, also handed out scouting reports on paper.
noted that N.F.L. teams now use
tablets instead of playbooks, and he
said the Yankees always try to be in the vanguard of technology.
“The next thing you know, they will just implant chips in their heads,” he said with a smile.
The Yankees are not the only baseball team that uses computers and iPads for scouting.
Soriano said that he had been
using his computer and tablet for the
past five or six years, primarily for video, going back to his days with
the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs. He would have the scouting
videos of pitchers downloaded on his device and would watch it at home.
He said most of the hitters on the Cubs did the same thing.
you don’t have to go to the video room,” he said. “If I’m home and I
don’t have anything to do, maybe I’ll watch before I go to bed and then
I’ll have an idea for the next day.”
One more benefit of the new system: The Yankees hope they will no longer have
to print out daily scouting reports.
“We’re going to save paper,” Girardi said. “We’re going green.”"
Comment: Mr. Girardi may be unaware that ipads and other computer devices used instead of paper aren't making the environment "greener
" at all. Highly polluting rare earths minerals mined in China
are required for the manufacture of many electronic devices. The US stopped mining rare earths because they said it was too polluting
. The planet is still getting polluted every time an American buys an ipad:
10/24/13, "China Tries to Clean Up Toxic Legacy of Its Rare Earth Riches," NY Times, Keith Bradsher
"China has made ample supplies [of rare earths minerals] available to manufacturers within China
that produce crucial components for a host of products like laptop
computers, compact fluorescent bulbs, wind turbines and electric cars.
Some Western and Japanese companies have moved factories to China to
make sure that they have access to rare earths. ...
In Guangdong province in southeastern China, regulators are
struggling to repair rice fields and streams destroyed by powerful acids
and other runoff from open-pit rare earth mines that are often run by violent organized crime syndicates....
white paper issued in June last year, China’s cabinet described at
length the environmental harm caused by the rare earth industry, an
admission that although embarrassing for Beijing may have buttressed its
case at the W.T.O. that the rare earth industry is a dirty business for
which export restrictions are justified. “Excessive rare earth mining
has resulted in landslides, clogged rivers, environmental pollution
emergencies and even major accidents and disasters, causing great damage
to people’s safety and health and the ecological environment,” the white paper said.
Chinese officials have repeatedly denied that their newfound concerns
for the environmental consequences of rare earth mining and refining are
driven by a desire to help avoid defeat at the W.T.O., although the
cleanup could help on that.
Whole villages between the city of Baotou and the Yellow River in Inner
Mongolia have been evacuated and resettled to apartment towers elsewhere
after reports of high cancer rates and other health problems associated
with the numerous rare earth refineries there.
The most hazardous refineries are those that crack the tight chemical
bonds that tie rare earths found in mineral ores to a variety of
hazardous materials, notably radioactive thorium....A hazardous stew of toxic chemicals and low-level
radioactive waste is left behind....
Countries such as the US, Canada and Australia, which used to produce rare earth minerals, stopped such manufacturing a decade ago due to the environmental concerns and the higher cost compared with Chinese exports....