Ha Ha Ha! Never happen because robots don’t pay union fees.
As long as it slows down the game some more, I’ll be fine with it.
Legalized sports betting may be the end of a human behind the plate.
Interesting. I assume the strike zone is roughly cube-shaped. Does the ball have to be completey within the zone, or may part of the ball extend beyond? If so, then how much?
i CAN SEE A SIMPLE REVIEW oops sorry bout’ the caps. I can see a challenge sort of system...but why even watch humans play when we could just let “technology” take the stats and muster up 3D holograms and do it all? Why even allow HUMANS at all ...save the planet man! Too much Co2 being emitted with all these mouth breathing ,meat eating and then defacateing humans gathering in a ball park enjoying themselves....just put sensors everywhere and leave it at that....
Hi Libloather -
I heard about this being proposed while watching an MLB game this last season. Personally, I don’t like, and have never liked, replays in sports. If it is so important to be accurate, then perhaps the players can just put their probable stats into a computer and then “play” the game. As a D1 basketball coach once said in a clinic when asked why his teams always seemed to play better against highly favored teams, “You just don’t put the jerseys at center court before the game, and take a vote.” He meant that unexpected human performance surpasses all computer algorithms and precise accuracy (from officials and players)that can be changed for periods of time. If MLB goes there, it will be nothing more than a video game with real people. Human fallibility and human excellence is why sports are such an inspiration to many of us. They show us we can excel too.
Only if we get robot managers who are allowed to argue the logarithms, etc.
They ought to be able to use the technology they use in tracking football players on the field - or pallets through the supply chain.
Baseball went off the tracks in the 1960s. Today I would rather watch teams of robots beating each other with baseball bats and throwing flaming balls to knock off runners.
Leave it alone no electronic calling. Nothing better than a good old argument, ie, Billy Martin, Lou Pinella, Leo the Lip, Earl Weaver.
What do managers do if the bot gives a bad call, throw water on the bot’s circuitry?
And frankly, if the computer generated calls prove to be correct, it would speed up the game as players and managers would quit griping about calls at home plate.
First off get the Umpires in shape.
Also, for their own ‘safety’ a rigid physical every year and a ‘flexible’ age limit.
Would also like to see them try and make being home plate ump a position that is earned, not one that changes every night.
I realize none of them alone are really workable but after that performance in last years World Series something has to be done.
As the ‘man’ said, when the ump has BOTH teams barking at him, it is time for a change.
Today too many called strikes are assumed, dependent on who the pitcher or catcher is...it appears that certain pitchers get a ‘break’ in the same respect they have been saying....’If that was a strike, HE would have swung at it’ ie Ball 3....
Yes, the announcers are just announcers but when they start with this ‘if Jack doesn’t get that pitch today, he is in for a long day’ and pointing out how the catchers ‘snatch’ the ball into the strike zone. ‘They’ tell us what a great job the C is doing.....wouldn’t you think if they pointed it out enough the umpires would ‘catch on’?
An excellent argument for the batter...
Mr Umpire, you just said I didn’t check my swing, I ‘broke my wrists’ and went around.
Where was the pitch?
Was it a ball or strike?
Was it inside or outside, up or down, curve or drop?
It is impossible for you, standing behind me, to have a correct answer for all my questions, yet you answered them.
I understand that they can’t get ALL the calls correct but that is part of the game. Seems today all the Ump does is make the call and have the attitude ‘If I am wrong, the replay will get it’.
Maybe a stiff fine for an overturned call based on how long it took to overturn it.
If the replay booth turns it over in 20 seconds, maybe a 10000 fine and working downward from there.
When the players come to bat their batting average is shown, the pitchers ERA etc, just put how much the ump has been fined for the year for his ‘mistakes’. A little ‘self help’ humiliation never really hurt anyone. <: <: <:
Yes, arguing should be brought back and this new 3 batter rule is ridiculous.
They are really going to ‘waste’ time checking the ‘injury’ out then giving the ‘new guy’ all the time he needs to warm up.
Easy to ‘tweak’ a toe or finger and show up tomorrow.
Just list it in his ‘press release’ that the pitcher has a chronic, trick thumb and it goes out every once in a while.
Pretty soon it will be called ‘Relief Pitchers Disease’ along the charade of the batter that gets plunked in the knee, hobble down to first, glaring and giving ‘my career is over’ looks and when the pitcher ‘throws’ it away trying to ‘keep him close’ he sprints to 3rd.
NO ONE ‘questions’ his injury then....
Make baseball even more boring than it already is. What a great idea.
I hate seeing the cgi strike box that the tv stations add to the baseball game as a pitch is thrown.
It is not needed at all.
Same for football during a play. Use it after a play or a pitch but not live.