Everybody needs a hobby when they retire, and former Major League Baseball player Jason Giambi turned to virtual reality, combined with EON sports on a virtual package reality hardware and software to teach players how to recognize pitches and understand the strike zone.

decision, which is called the OPS project consists of software, a Bluetooth controller and virtual reality headset that can be connected on the Android or iPhone. You run a program, put on the headset, and have a view of the ball park with a pitcher on the mound pitching you 360 degrees.

The idea is that, as a step goes to the plate, you make your choice of colors and decide whether you think it’s going to be a hit or not. It is set in the form of a game, so you get more points, the more you understand what you are seeing. The training program is designed to help the strikers understand the skills and techniques to get better on the field and the recognition of the strike zone in the game (and, presumably, in the end, in real life).

Eon sports virtual baseball training package includes a head set, training software and a bluetooth controller.
The entire package is available for $ 159

Giambi was particularly excited about the price. It is expected that this type of technology will cost $ 500 or $ 1,000 when he heard that it was $ 159, it made it even more enthusiastic about the project. While there are more sophisticated tools of virtual reality batting practice, those go for tens of thousands of dollars, and as pointed Giambi, has limited access to this technology. This puts this technology in reach of many more people, and that appealed to him.

Giambi played baseball for 20 years to get 2,000 hits, including 440 home runs and win the prize of the American League Most Valuable Player in 2000, when he was a member of the Oakland As. He had a reputation as a great striker with a keen eye at the plate, received more than 100 runs 7 times.

By the end of his career, Giambi said that his role has become more a mentor, and he knew when he said the impact of young players, there was no real tools to help them learn the strike zone, it is obviously very good .

When Dan O’Dowd, its former general manager of the Colorado Rockies (and current network analyst MLB) Giambi walked about teaming up with the CEO EON Sport Brendan Reilly in this project, he said he jumped at the chance. While he is not a technical guy, he brought his considerable experience as a professional hitter to the project.

“I would not consider myself a technique, but I’ve seen how it can make a child a better player. The more repetitions you take in game situations, the better you are going to be,” he said.

His role was to make sure that the virtual experience was as realistic as possible. He would have said the move did not go out of the hands of the right pitcher and the ball was missing in an unnatural way on the way to the plate -. And programmers adjusted accordingly

As explained Giambi, players can work on their swing in the batting cage, and they can watch the pitchers and their at-bats, but usually includes a camera for a pitcher, and it’s not like hitting works match.

With this game, you are facing a pitcher. You see his windup. You can see how the ball comes out of his hands, back, and you learn to recognize the height, placement and whether it is in or out of the strike zone.

He also liked the fact that you could use the game, even in areas where the weather is not convenient for many of the baseball year. This allows young players to work on the strike zone, and the recognition of skills, regardless of their location or weather conditions.

When he first started in baseball, Giambi said tools were crude, mainly video cassettes and VCRs. Even though the tools available today is so much better as he moved to digital, he said that he had never seen anything like it.

Eventually, they can add the ability to swing the bat. They could also use some pitchers that would be extremely valuable for college and professional players who are trying to understand the delivery guy before you get into the field in a game situation.

Currently, Giambi fired up about the potential of this game and how it can help players of all levels to become smarter and more successful hitter, using virtual reality. And it’s a pretty good start.