The Nats Vision Quest

Any article that comes out over the weekend has a chance of being missed and this one by James Wagner of the Washington Post shouldn't be. It can be debated whether it is only interesting or if it is important. Vision training sounds interesting, but how important is it? Logically we know that hitting a baseball is all about reaction time. It is about how quickly the brain can rely the message from the eyes to the body and then for the muscles in the body to fire and react. The biggest part of aging, for anyone, is the slowing down of reaction time. What is it that we learned in Drivers Ed. all those years ago? That it takes six seconds for the human brain to react to events on the road.

A Major League baseball player has quicker and better reaction times than the average human, but the very best baseball players have quicker reaction times than that. Here is a classic story on research conducted on Babe Ruth that showed his brain processed information quicker. The fact that Babe Ruth had much higher than average vision doesn't mean that the Nats doing vision training will turn their players into Babe Ruth. Ruth was also a physical freak, but that fact that most of the time his body did what his brain told it to made him great. You or I could go stand in the batter’s box and command our bodies to hit a 90 MPH fastball, but it won't happen.  

In 2006 Albert Pujols was run through the same sorts of test as Ruth and it was found that he had the same type of vision and perception. Again none of what the Nats are doing will turn their players into Pujols in his prime. It stands to reason though that if this type of heightened vision and perception is common in the very best to ever have played the game it can't hurt to try and improve it. Baseball is a game where every team is looking for that next big advantage. Digging into the margins of marginal wins and always trying to get a leg up on the competition. Vision training is an interesting idea, and from reading the two articles on Ruth and Pujols one has to think that there is some connection between vision, reaction time, and performance on the field. 

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