Two Oakland A’s relief pitchers are the most recent additions to Google Glass’ Explorer Program, but don’t expect to see the device out on the field just yet.
The A’s tweeted today that relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook are the first to receive two pairs of Google Glass in the major league. The two will be able to show you what it’s like behind the scenes as an A’s player — in the office, dugout, or bullpen.
But Google Glass won’t feed these guys baseball data or record video during the game. That’s still a no-no.
A’s spokesperson Adam Loberstein told the San Francisco Chronicle that while the two are barred from wearing Glass in an actual game, they were given permission by manager Bob Melvin to “wear them for pregame activities like team stretch, batting practice, etc.”
We have reached out to the A’s for further comment and will update the post upon hearing back. But this is also interesting because relief pitchers have a reputation for being a little wacky, and the A’s have long had a tradition of laid-back clubhouses — we hope this means the duo post fun pics and videos as the A’s continue their defense of their American League West title.
Getting in early on Google Glass isn’t just a perk of being a pro athlete near Silicon Valley. We’ve seen other pro athletes with Glass. Tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands got to wear Google Glass during her Wimbledon match. The Oakland Raiders’ Chris Kluwe put up what it looks like to practice kicks from the punter’s perspective while at this year’s training camp in Napa.
Interestingly, Mattek-Sands said she was able to share with her coaches what her strokes look like from her perspective. They were able to review that video and give her ideas on how to improve.