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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Independent team to experiment with computerized strike zone

Who would make the best umpire? Watson? C-3PO? HAL?

The San Rafael Pacifics, who play in the Pacific Association, will employ Pitch f/X July 28 and 29, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The games will be the first in professional baseball history in which a human will not be used to call balls and strikes.

The Pitch F/X system consists of three cameras forming a triangular effect that judges a pitch’s trajectory and speed as it crosses the plate. The system is used on television broadcasts to determine a pitch’s location and also for umpires to self-evaluate.

Former major league outfielder Eric Byrnes, an advocate for computerized strike zones, will oversee Pitch f/X, which was developed by Sportvision Inc. of Fremont, Calif. There will also be an on-site review official, according to Pacifics assistant general manager Vinnie Longo.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

MLB, Atlantic League Sign Player Transfer Agreement

It’s one small step for baseball, one giant leap for the Atlantic League.

Very quietly this January, the Atlantic League signed a formal agreement with Major League Baseball to put on paper the league’s rules for transferring player contracts to Major League Baseball teams and their affiliates.

In practical terms, very little has changed. The Atlantic League has been selling the contracts of hundreds of players to affiliated ball in past years. The new formalized agreement doesn’t change that. Just this week, three players were sold to affiliated teams.

But at the same time the agreement is a watershed moment for the Atlantic League. It is the first time that there has been any sort of official agreement or even an official acknowledgement of an independent league by affiliated baseball.

“It signifies that we occupy a place within the professional baseball hierarchy. That’s meaningful to the league,” Atlantic League president Rick White said.

“It begins to help us frame the internal and the public perception for the league and its importance in terms of players and their careers. And it helps all concerned recognize that our leagues, teams owners and directors that we’re viable. It all leads back to enterprise value and community value.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2015 at 04:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
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