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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.



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