Computer To Call Balls And Strikes In Minor League

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Computer to call balls and strikes in minor league

NEW YORK – Get ready for strikes by robots.

Plate umpires will wear earpieces and be informed of ball/strike calls by a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. Umps will have the ability to override the computer, which considers a pitch a strike when the ball bounces and then crosses the zone. TrackMan also does not evaluate check swings.



No, overworked machines aren't walking out in a labor protest.


Computers will be used for ball/strike calls starting April 25 in the independent Atlantic League, where the distance between home and first will be shortened by 3 inches. The ground between the mound and home plate will lengthen by 2 feet for the second half of the season beginning July 12.

The 60-foot-6-inch distance between the front of the pitching rubber and the back point of home plate has been standard since 1893, but Major League Baseball reached a three-year deal to experiment in the Atlantic League, an eight-team circuit that occasionally produces big leaguers. Infield defensive shifts will be limited. Pitchers there will have to get used to 62 feet, 2 inches this summer.

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/computer-to-call-balls-and-strikes-in-minor-league
 

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Interesting. I've been a proponent of getting rid of refs/umpires for some time now. So many bad calls (human error ... taking money ... pick your poison) that negatively impact the quality of games and, in many cases, award the win to the wrong team.

There will obviously be a learning curve but best for the long run imo.
 

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Interesting. I've been a proponent of getting rid of refs/umpires for some time now. So many bad calls (human error ... taking money ... pick your poison) that negatively impact the quality of games and, in many cases, award the win to the wrong team.

There will obviously be a learning curve but best for the long run imo.
No doubt more accurate. No more argument the ump has a bias for one team over another.
 
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