Hurricanes Baseball Team Benefiting At The Plate From New Optical Training


BECAUSE FREDDIE ZIMORA HAS A THREE RUN SHOT. AND A HOME RUN LANDS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE PARKING GARAGE. CANES WIN THE RUBBER MATCH 9-6. SO FAR, THE BATS HAVE BEEN HOT. MIKE CUNO TELLS ME BECAUSE THEIR BATTING EYES ARE NOW SHARP. Reporter: FOUR TENTH OF A SECOND, THAT’S THE TAME IT TAKES FOR A BASEBALL TO GET FROM THE PITCHER TO THE CATCHER’S HAND. WALKING ON TO THE BALL WAS SOMETHING THE HURRICANES BASEBALL TEAM STRUGGLED WITH IN 2018. THEY WERE 219th IN THE COUNTRY AT SCORING RUNS. LET’S JUST SAY THERE WAS A FUND AM AT PROBLEM. EVERYBODY SAYS SEE THE BASEBALL, HIT THE BASEBALL. THERE IS AN ART TO THAT. Reporter: AND THE INQUIRING MIND OF THE ASSISTANCE COACH. HE CALLED THE DOCTORS AT THE EYE INSTITUTE TO HELP MERGE EARTH AND SCIENCE. WE STARTED PLANNING A PLAN ALL ACROSS WITHVATION. Reporter: DR. NATALIE DOWNS END AND HER TEAM CAME DOWN BEFORE THE SEASON STARTED AND GOT RIGHT TO WORK AND CREATED A DATA THROUGH EXERCISE. THERE IS A LOT OF PITCH RECOGNITION, REACTION TIME PREFER RALAL VISION. THINK NOT TO ABOARD THE EYE MUSCLES. THESE ARE STROBE GLASSES AND WE TRY TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR THEM TO RECOGNIZE HOW QUICKLY THE PITCH IS COMING AT THEM. AND A BALL AT 75-MILES-AN-HOUR, OR HITTING AN OBJECT COMING FROM THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. AS SOON AS IT GETS HERE, THAT’S WHEN YOU CAN PICK IT UP. PLAYERS WILL HAVE TO SPOT A CERTAIN LETTER OR SHAPE THEIR TARGET, LIKE THIS EXERCISE WHICH GETS EYES TO CONVERGE AND DIVERGE. THIS IS WHEN YOUR EYES ARE RELAXING AND NOW LOOK BACK AT THE CLEAR. Reporter: THAT HELPS HITTERS LOCATE AND RECOGNIZE PITCHES AND IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION, IT’S WORKING. MIAMI IT TOP TEN IN BATTING AVERAGE AND HOME RUNS ALREADY THANKS TO THE HELP FROM THE GOOD DOCTOR. I’VE NEVER REALLY THOUGHT I HAVE TO TRAIN BY EYES. I THOUGHT MY EYES WERE JUST MY EYES AND I HAVE VISION AND I DON’T AND NOW I THINK I HAVE TO GO TO THE GYM FOR MY EYES IF YOU WANT TO THINK OF IT LIKE THAT. I FEEL LIKE I’M MORE CALM. I SEE THE BALL A LOT BETTER AND MY EYES JUST FOCUS WAY MORE. Reporter: AND NOT ONLY ARE THE CANES SEEING MORE CLEARLY, THE SCOREBOARD IS A LITTLE BIT BRIGHTER, MAKING A BELIEVER OUT OF EVERYBODY, INCLUDING THE HEAD COACH. I DON’T WANT TO EMBARRASS MYSELF BECAUSE I’VE TRIED DOING SOMETHING THOF OVER THE YEARS WHEN I FIRST STARTED COACHING. I’M NOT EMBARRASSED ABOUT IT, I’M HAPPY TO STAND OVER IN THE 3RD BASE BOX AND KIND OF SEND THEM IN. THAT TO ME IS GREAT. Reporter: MIKE CUNO, CBS 4 SPORTS. ALL RIGHT, PRESTON, WHAT DO YOU THINK? ONE OF THE THINGS I LEARNED WAS JUST LOOK AT THE PITCHER AND

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