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Dodgers: Corey Seager Adapting to Life without Instant Video Feedback

Thanks, A*tros.



As the Dodgers are ramping up for their shortened 60-game season, one player seems to be standing out above the rest. Yes, I’m talking about Mr. daily double himself, Corey Seager.

While these intrasquad games understandably don’t mean very much, Dodger players are treating things pretty seriously. Up to and including playing games with a new rule starting in the 2020 season…

After the Houston Astros did all that cheating and sign stealing using live-feed game video, MLB stepped in and made in-game video access a thing of the past. Of course, the modern baseball player has grown reliant on instant feedback on their swings or mechanics from the monitors in the replay room and around the dugout.

Now, among Dodger hitters, Corey Seager is a self-proclaimed video aficionado. Having come in up in the era of that instant feedback, Seager admitted that it’s taking some getting used to.

I’m trying to get used to [no video]. Trying to not have that available, trying to just kind of get to the game, rely on some feels and not so much going back and looking at film. It’s been interesting so far… it’s not necessarily great — you wish you could kind of have that back, but it’s what we gotta do so we’re moving forward.

Summer camp stats aren’t being publically kept, but it’s fair to say that an armchair scout could say that Seager is on fire right now. He’s dropping multi-hit games and lacing double after double in intrasquad games at Dodger Stadium. With that, the question has to be asked, would you say no film has been good for you so far?

I guess, maybe, but it’s definitely one of those things you’d like to have and you’d like to be able to use.

It should be noted that video won’t be completely unavailable. On Monday, manager Dave Roberts said while he prefers that guys watch the game in real time, there will be devices with preloaded video for the players to utilize. But none will have the live-feed. Moreover, he added that even the clubhouse will have delayed footage of the live game.

It’s a different time and a different era for baseball. Traditionalists will be undoubtedly happier that the game will get ever so slightly back to the good ol’ days, but if that comes at the cost of offense, MLB may alter course before too long.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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  1. Okay, which is more important, real time swing assessment or rooting out a team cheating its way to a World Series title? Seager, who I usually think highly of, needs to put on his big boy pants and get on with it.

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