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Thursday, November 07, 2019

BA: Automated Strike Zone Whiffs At Arizona Fall League

By the end, two things were clear: Pitchers with arsenals geared toward working from the top to the bottom of the strike zone were at a stark advantage, and nobody—neither hitters nor pitchers—was happy with TrackMan…...“I mean, I can’t complain against it, because it’s the ‘perfect’ strike zone, but baseball has always had human error in it, good and bad. I feel like, if you take that away from the game it’s changing the whole game. I’ll adapt to anything whether it happens.”...With that in mind, a pitch gets called a strike when “any part of the ball passes through any part of the strike zone.” That last part is the key. If a small piece of the baseball passes through a small piece of the strike zone, that’s a “rulebook” strike. As seen in the AFL, calling a game strictly by the book makes it clear that the strike zone is far bigger than human umpires normally enforce.

the article suggests that the Trackman calls on high and low balls surprised both hitters and pitchers , but calls on pitches on the corners caused no controversy. That and there is a 4 second delay from computer call to human umpire call

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 07, 2019 at 08:17 AM | 95 comment(s)
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