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October 12, 2012

Major League Baseball and SUNY University Eye Center Partners at the East Coast Pro Showcase

Dr. Arnold Sherman, Director of the Sports Vision Center and Mr. Tim Osbourne of the Major League Scouting Bureau, arranged and scheduled a vision screening for 154 of the best high school baseball players on the East coast of the US.  The showcase was attended by over 300 scouts from all major league teams.  In recent years, the showcase produced many current baseball stars including Josh Hamilton, Justin Verlander, David Wright, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann and the current American League batting leader, Mike Trout.  

The screening team consisted of SUNY students Clint Sugnet, Mikilyn D'Angelo, Kathleen Maloney, Lamees Alshawkani, Chelsea Ashlaw, Charles Bong and faculty members Dr. Bob Byne, Dr. Brian Rodriguez and Dr. Arnold Sherman.  Tests included visual acuity, eye health, oculomotor, fusion and stereopsis as well as dynamic abilities; focus speed from far to near, convergence in batting stance, eye hand coordination, proaction and reaction speed and accuracy, and speed and span of perception.  According to Dr. Sherman, all the players had binocular visual acuity of 20/20 or better; most were superior with 20/15 or better without any eye disease.  Approximately 15% of the players wore contact lenses.

The dynamic tests were more productive in differentiating players vision skills; 19 players scored low on these tests.  A detailed analysis of the data and the relationship to baseball performance will be forthcoming.  The East Coast Pro Showcase was held at Alliance Bank Stadium, Syracuse, New York, August 2-3, 2012.