Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown draws a distinct line in the use of video as a teaching tool. When he has personal experience against a pitcher, he cues up the DVD player to help jog his memory. When it’s a first-time encounter, he dispenses with technology and goes straight to the Phillies’ human DVD player: second baseman Chase Utley.
“I try not to watch video on guys I haven’t seen before,” Brown says. “The camera does some tricky things, man. On film the ball might sink a little bit more or look like it’s running. Then you get in the box and it’s not doing anything. If I haven’t seen a guy before, I just go to Chase and ask him. Chase does a lot of studying. He’s been here a long time, and he knows the game inside and out.”