What I noticed was several really low balls that were called strikes. They described it as the very top of the ball grazed the very bottom of the zone. Those pitches looked almost unhittable.
Yeah I think there's definitely going to have to be some tinkering to get it really accurate and realistically functional.
I always thought of you guys as pretty traditional in terms of the things that make this game so special to us all, but you both seem more than willing to go with RoboUmp. I'm not being snarky or a smartass or anything here, it just seems to go against everything you guys believe in about baseball, is all. As is well documented, I don't like it at all. The fact that they're using an earpiece that tells the ump whether the pitch is a ball or a strike might the worst part of the whole idea. I guess we want it to still "look the same" or something. What kind of bullshlt is that? I don't care what you do, there will be just as many disagreements as ever, IMO, and we will have lost a piece of the game along the way. I think the whole idea sucks, quite frankly, and it just surprises me that you guys obviously don't feel the same way.
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Post by Fumbduckery on Jul 19, 2019 10:58:35 GMT -5
Yes I’m 100% in favor of it. I’m sick of all the arguing over the calls, and sicker of all the missed calls by bad umps. I think by the time it came to the big leagues it will be honed enough that there won’t be much dissatisfaction with it. Each hitter would have his own defined strike zone that he could adapt to, what’s not to like about that as a hitter. There should be a no tolerance rule in arguing the calls. But that’s base n the expectation the calls will be accurate.
"In a recent appearance on MLB Network, commissioner Rob Manfred stated that the technology used for the automated strike zone was due for a large upgrade this winter and that further testing and preparation will take place during the 2020 season."
Watching the terrible balls and strikes calls all through the playoffs made me even more ready for it. Today's umpires are a joke.
Having something as essential and definable as the strike zone, vary from game to game, depending on the home plate ump ,is not optimal if the ways and means to a stable consistent zone exist. Perhaps if it was used we would not have re-signed passed ball king Flowers in a large part because of his pitch framing acumen