Former Sony Director Develops a Better Baseball Hitting Method

Whether you are a player, coach or fan, as a result of this book, you will never see the baseball hitting process from the same view again. Strategic changes to the right elements builds a better and more robust hitting method.
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April 26, 2012 - PRLog -- •  Six Sigma process improvement methods behind Motorola, Allied Signal, Sony and General Electric are employed to analyze the process of the baseball swing.

•  Key improvements to the hitting method create a simplified, more stable, and accurate swing.

•  Resulting improvements to batting averages will lead to the first .400 hitter since Hall of Famer Ted Williams in 1941.

San Diego, CA — Roger Hart, the former Director of Quality Systems and Six Sigma Deployment at Sony Electronics, Inc. is also a huge fan of baseball.  Today he announced the publication (see links below) of his book, Pivotal SwingTM -  How to Fundamentally Change the Game of Baseball !!, documenting the methodical steps by which he implemented years of experience and powerful Process Improvement techniques to create a better hitting process.  

“After years of working with Sony to implement these techniques in production, engineering, logistics, sales and pretty much everywhere else, it was only natural as a fan of baseball that I would see the potential benefits of the techniques in baseball,” said developer of the Pivotal SwingTM, Roger Hart.  

After analyzing thousands of swings Hart found several ways to dramatically improve the hitting process, simplifying, increasing accuracy and balance leading to an average 30% improvement using the Six Sigma methods.

About Six Sigma

The Pivotal SwingTM is the first known major application of Six Sigma methods to a player’s performance in baseball or professional sports.  
Six Sigma, a comprehensive form of Process Improvement (PI), has been used to improve product & process quality by identifying mistakes, reducing causes and minimizing variability in any process.  It was 1st initiated by the late Bill Smith, who in 1986 convinced then - Chief Executive of Motorola, Robert Galvin that implementing the strategy would target only 3.4 defects per million.  He was right; by one account the technique has saved Motorola $15 billion over the past eleven years.

“Six Sigma gives managers a unique capability to find the relationship between the inputs and outputs in any process and to reduce their variation — and variation is the enemy,” said Mark Kiemele, President and Co-founder of Air Academy Associates, which has trained NASA, Allied Signal, Sony, GE and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies in Six Sigma methods.  “Any sport, not just baseball, not just hitting is a real target for Six Sigma improvements.”        

About Roger Hart

As Director of Quality Systems and Six Sigma Deployment at Sony Electronics, Inc. Hart deployed a $10 million program to train members at all levels and divisions of the company in Six Sigma methods which in three years saved the company nearly $500 million.  He has a BSEE specializing in micro-electronics from Washington State University with post-graduate work at San Diego State University and Arizona State University.  

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