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Hypertheoretical: When the change to Electronic Ball and Strike Umpiring is
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Hypertheoretical: When the change to Electronic Ball and Strike Umpiring is

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May 29, 2024, 12:07 PM
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made, as it enevitably will be one day, who will be quicker to adjust, hitters or pitchers? Don't want a discussion about the merits or possibilities of the change, for this post, assume that change has already happened.

I can see it benefiting pitchers in the sense that the "high strike" is seldom CALLED a strike today. So, that would, in effect expand the strike zone for pitchers. But, on the flip side, ultra control pitchers like Greg Maddux, who made a living a couple of inches (or more) off the plate, but hitting his catchers target with precision just about every time, would have to adjust and have THEIR strike zone reduced.

What say you, what would the results be?

Now, I say there will always be an umpire behind the plate, he can just have an electronic beep in his ear to let him know the pitch was a strike. No beep, no strike. Simple. He would be necessary to call safe / out plays at the plate, as having a review of every single play would add too much time to the game. Replays take way more time than they should, already. If you have a definite look in five seconds, get back on the field! Don't waste two minutes under the hood just to make it look like you are deliberating longer, when no long deliberation is required.

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Re: Hypertheoretical: When the change to Electronic Ball and Strike Umpiring is

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May 29, 2024, 12:40 PM
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I think I will wait for the robot pitchers b4 responding...

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May 29, 2024, 1:15 PM
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It may all be irrelevant in 3-4 yrs. Google Trajekt Arc. They are developing a pitching machine that can accurately mimic 1500+ current MLB and College pitchers. They already have 7 operational prototypes being tested by MLB teams. Simply enter in the pitcher you are about to face, and that pitcher appears on the screen with exact spin rates, arm slots, release points, and pitch velocities. The robot moves the hole on the screen to the correct arm slot and that pitcher appears on the screen with full windup or from the stretch. The data even has AI software to interprets and predicts each pitchers' tendencies. You can essentially have Max Freid pitch live against you for however many at bats you want before you face him. Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols have tried it and said that MLB may want to outlaw it. Chipper said he could hit over .500 if he had one during his career.

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Re: Hypertheoretical: When the change to Electronic Ball and Strike Umpiring is

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May 29, 2024, 2:10 PM
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Really depends on how they program the machines and whether it's league wide or done by the home team.

The strike zone is really a cube, not a flat plate of glass and pitchers usually don't get the advantage on curves and left and right handed pitchers get treated differently in some cases.

If they program them to enforce the definition of the strike zone I see the rules being changed to match the current enforced strike zone.

It would be cool if each team got to program their home machine within some range to match their preferences just like the ballpark can be designed to match their preferences.

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It's entrenched in the minors.. so..

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May 29, 2024, 2:15 PM
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Btt it makes it to the majors (2026/7), it'll be old news. I'm sure the current MLB'ers know it's coming and are using it in the off season at their AAA parks.

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May 29, 2024, 5:11 PM
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NCAA will jack it up. They’ll have an Ump overrule the camera.

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Isnt complaining about umps

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May 29, 2024, 5:42 PM
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a part of the game. Will we b!tch about the robots?

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You will be Assimilated.


May 29, 2024, 6:06 PM
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Signed,

The Borg

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One of the reasons it takes so long,


May 29, 2024, 6:28 PM
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I think, is because they look at multiple angles. That takes more time. Maybe limit viewing time per angle, but it'll still take 30 seconds or so.

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I welcome it, objective standards makes for better competition


May 30, 2024, 10:20 AM
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There will be times that batters disagree and pitchers disagree, but those will be the result of many pitches called by mistake now, but are consistently so.

Doesn't tennis use all electronic means to call serves in/out?

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