April 19, 2015

JOE WESTWORLD:

IT'S TIME TO AUTOMATE THE STRIKE ZONE (AJ CASSAVELL, 4/18/15, Sports on Earth)

Major League Baseball needs to automate the strike zone, taking called balls and strikes out of the hands of umpires and put it into the hands of technology.

At this point, I think I'm obligated to duck for cover for suggesting such an abomination. But the reality is, this really wouldn't be much of a change at all -- at least on the surface. Technology has advanced so far that we're now able to tell instantly whether a pitch is a ball or a strike.

And whatever your feelings about ESPN's new live strike zone, (personally I find it intrusive, but I'm sure I felt the same way about that weird yellow first-down line when it was introduced in the NFL) there's no denying it does a better job of calling balls and strikes than the guy behind the plate.

We finally got rid of television altogether, but I bought the MLB.tv package.  Many of the telecasts include the strikezone technology (and many of the announcers are clearly referring to a statistical service to determine what type of pitch was thrown). The technology is superior to the humans.  

Posted by at April 19, 2015 8:43 AM
  

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