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“This is still evolving,” said Carben, who co-founded the company with Luis Carlos Hillon and Zain Khan. “We’re looking at the role of technology to understand and give the fans a great experience.”

At Wrigley Field the other day, a 65-year-old man sitting in the left-field bleachers made an unbelievable catch that has gone viral on video. Carben happened to see the catch and envisions that being one of his users.

“Exactly the place we want our fans to be,” Carben said. “Right place at the right time - and being prepared.”

This is how the operation works: The researcher in a city tracks the flight of every ball hit, logging on their phone app - or noting in an email - whether it’s fair or foul, even the angle at which the ball comes off the bat (popup or line drive, that sort of thing). Those numbers are then entered into the system.

Just to get a lay of the land, Erika Schaub, the research team manager for IdealSeat based out of Citi Field, even sat in every section. Ask Schaub the most likely place to catch a ball at Citi Field, and she instantly responds with section 128. It’s between third base and the left-field foul pole, incidentally.

“If you’re in that area, you always seem to get a foul ball,” Schaub said.

Precisely the point because, “everyone’s Holy Grail is to get a game-used ball,” said Davis Williams, a researcher at Tropicana Field.

Oakland A’s outfielder Sam Fuld is certainly intrigued by the concept, so much so that he joined the group as an adviser.

Fuld has long been a statistics person, and once even interned at the STATS company. He kept a detailed notebook of every pitch delivered to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and World Series MVP Mike Lowell a few seasons ago with the sole purpose of seeing if there was any correlation between fouling off pitches and their respective on-base percentages.

Before he could crunch his numbers, though, someone stole his notebook.

Hearing about the theft, Carben contacted Fuld and told him all about their research project. Fuld lends his expertise in blog entries on the website.

About Toronto’s Rogers Centre, Fuld wrote: “Usually jammed with autograph seekers by dugout. RF line during BP is a good spot. Also worth a try at getting a seat or a hotel room way up in CF. We players tend to like to throw baseballs all the way up there during BP (high degree of difficulty).”

“I’ve never been involved in anything like this. It’s cool,” Fuld said in a recent interview.

It’s already led Carben to the ideal place at Safeco. That would be section 142 on the third-base side, where the sun for an afternoon shines the brightest and there is a convenient concession stand where he can get a brat smothered in onions and peppers.

Oh yeah, quite a few foul balls land there, too.

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