MLB Appears To Be Changing Tracking System Tech To Hawk-Eye
Five years after MLB installed the radar-based player- and ball-tracking system known as Trackman, it appears to be "on its way out as the technology of choice" for the league, according to Eno Sarris of THE ATHLETIC. Sources said that Hawk-Eye's "optical technology -- known to tennis fans as the basis of the automated serve tracking system -- is currently being installed" in ballparks across the country for a "two-month run-up that should end in a full change in technology" for the '20 season. Sources cited an "improvement in accuracy as the main reason for the change." Analysts who work for MLB teams said that the change from radar to optical tech is a "done deal, and a letter that went out to all 30 teams takes that tone as well." The letter from MLB Exec VP/Strategy, Technology & Innovation Chris Marinak "outlined a three-phase plan" for bringing in Hawk-Eye equipment "over the course of the rest of this year" with an eye for a '20 Opening Day rollout (THEATHLETIC.com, 5/14).