Speed, reliability and clutch performance.
They're all key attributes that Major League Baseball coaches and scouts look for in evaluating prospective players or opponents. They're also must–have qualities for hard drives, which is why the Colorado Rockies choose Seagate storage products.
The team uses several Seagate GoFlex (now transitioned to Backup Plus) external drives to capture, share and archive loads of video footage–whether it's of a top high–school or college prospect, a minor–league player, or a big league star.
Pitchers and catchers rely on video to break down a hitter's strengths and weaknesses. Hitters, in turn, use video to study an opposing pitcher's mechanics and tendencies, hoping to gain an extra edge the next time they step in the batter's box. And coaches use it as a vital instructional tool, showing players how to correct past mistakes and build on their successes.
“We want to give our players and coaching staff reliable, timely information” says Rockies video coordinator Brian Jones. “Seagate drives are very fast and very dependable. We’ve never had a drive failure.”
The Rockies have used Seagate drives since 2007, the year they went to the World Series. When Jones heard about the company's new GoFlex drives, he didn't think twice about switching to Seagate's next generation of external storage. The GoFlex family includes a unique design for switching interfaces for faster transfer speeds, along with greater capacity options and a smaller footprint.
Today, the Rockies use a variety of 1TB and 500GB Seagate drives for convenient storage–on–the go, along with the roomier 2TB desktop drives. Using the GoFlex Desk, for example, Jones estimates the Rockies can store nearly a full season's worth of video,including every pitch and swing from every Major League game.
“We travel with three of the 2TB Desk drives, Jones explains “We want access to as much video as we need, just as if we’re at home with our servers.”
The ability to easily swap out a GoFlex drive's standard USB 2.0 interface with a speedier USB 3.0 (which delivers transfer speeds up to 10 times faster) connection is another big game changer for Jones.
“I’ve definitely noticed quicker access and download speeds with USB 3.0, he says “It gives me faster, more efficient access to all the data stored on our PCs". The quicker we can get video to our players and coaches, the better. We're always in a time crunch, and Seagate makes my job that much easier.”
Jones will load video footage onto a player's laptop–or iPad or iPod if they prefer. The Rockies' coaches and scouts, meanwhile, use a compact GoFlex ultra-portable drive for “anytime, anywhere” access to their files. The drives come pre–loaded with continuous backup and encryption software to keep content safe and secure.
“I give Brian my Seagate drive before going out on a road trip,” says longtime Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca, “and he gives it back to me the same day, loaded with all the information I need to help our pitchers get ready. The GoFlex drive is very portable and easy to use. I can use it to review video on a plane or when I’m back home in Denver.”
The team’s hitting coach, Carney Lansford, also appreciates the dependable performance of Seagate storage.
“I can’t say enough about how important it is to have reliable equipment,” says Lansford, who won a World Series title as a third baseman with the Oakland A’s in 1989. “Our video team depends on the speed and reliability of Seagate, and I depend on it.”
Watch a video to learn more about how the Colorado Rockies use Seagate’s drives.
- By Steve Pipe
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