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Old 10-02-2021, 09:08 PM
 
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Not always as clear-cut as people expect.

Invasion of the Robot Umpires
The minor leagues have been testing the Automated Ball-Strike System. But isn’t yelling and screaming about bad calls half the fun of baseball?

Sword’s team brainstormed potential fixes. “Any rule that we have, we’ve talked about changing: change the bats, change the balls, change the bases, change the geometry of the field, change the number of players on the field, change the batting order, change the number of innings, the number of balls and strikes,” Sword said. “We talked about regulating the height of grass on the infield to speed up ground balls and create more hits. We’ve never talked about this in any serious way, but we talked about allowing fans to throw home-run balls back and keep them in play. That’s one that I don’t even like.”
For many years, an umpire’s strike zone was like an extension of his personality. Some umpires were literalists, uncompromising. Some preferred expediency; their boundaries were enormous. No matter who was working, when it rained suddenly everything was a strike. West, the record-holding umpire, is a burly man with a Carolina drawl who moonlights as a country singer and used to pal around with Merle Haggard. He told me one umpire described the old standard for learning the strike zone as “You call them strikes until someone goes, ‘Hey!’ ”
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...-robot-umpires
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Old 10-22-2021, 12:38 AM
 
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First, define a strike. Rule-book says if a batter "strikes at" a ball. Define that. In my opinion, if the bat passes into the strike zone, he has "struck at" the pitch, no "half-swing" baloney. Also the top of the strike zone. You still need to manually adjust a strike machine, for Judge and Altuve. The phony one the networks use is the same heirgt for everybody.
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