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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Brief History of Robotic Umpires

“In the first place, one cannot imagine a catcher, batter, or pitcher flying into a rage and blessing out an electronic umpire. If he is electronic, his blood pressure would not rise and there would be no basis to expect that he could change his mind. His decision would have been made on upon electronic principles and those principles do not change.”

Churro Posted: June 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ecwcat Posted: June 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM (#4161935)
Cool article
   2. Famous Original Joe C Posted: June 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM (#4161941)
No mention of D'Ump?
   3. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: June 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM (#4161947)
Yeah, seriously good article. No mention of the micro-chip in the ball thing they tried in the 70's, though, or did I dream that? Actually, I think I read about that attempt in the Umpire Strikes Back of all things. My memory is hazy but I remember a joke being made at Charlie Finley's expense because the prototype balls cost a couple hundred bucks a pop.
   4. boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: June 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM (#4162012)
The obvious suggestion that nobody has suggested: hire Vulcans and round out their ears (nobody ever has to know). They are dispassionate, given to logic, and are highly trustworthy. Plus, if you try to start a heated argument with them, they can just give you that neck grip and you'll be lying in a heap at home plate. 'nuff said.
   5. Gamingboy Posted: June 20, 2012 at 02:55 PM (#4162112)
Use holograms to put in the video game strike zone box into real life. Bonus if we can have a circle pop up where it went over.

I mean, c'mon, if we can bring Tupac back from the dead, we can handle a few boxes and circles.
   6. Obo Posted: June 20, 2012 at 03:19 PM (#4162131)
In the first place, one cannot imagine a catcher, batter, or pitcher flying into a rage and blessing out an electronic umpire.

No, but I look forward to Robot Earl Weaver doing just that.
   7. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: June 20, 2012 at 04:08 PM (#4162164)
I can't believe you beat me to the D'Ump reference. I thought littering threads with links to T&E videos was my own, particularly useless niche on BTF.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: June 20, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4162174)
In the first place, one cannot imagine a catcher, batter, or pitcher flying into a rage and blessing out an electronic umpire

Sports history, such as it is, suggests the opposite.

Tennis umpires can still over-rule the machines.

When computer rankings were introduced to college football, the immediate assumption once they disagreed with the human rankings was that the computers were wrong and greater weight was given to the polls.

The partial counter to this is replay which people have great faith in ... but the final decision is still made by a human, uses the on-field call as default and is frequently controversial.

Humans don't like machines making decisions (although they are doing so all the time). And as soon as the Wrigley Field robo-ump rings up Dayan Viciedo, Hawk will erupt in furor and scream about how everybody knows the Cubs have rigged the robo-ump to have a bigger zone when they're pitching.
   9. bigglou115 Posted: June 20, 2012 at 04:29 PM (#4162183)
You know, the title of this article has me imagining a post apocalyptic world where everyone is hiding from killer robots. There's an old man telling his grandson about how it all started with robot umpires in baseball.
   10. Famous Original Joe C Posted: June 20, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4162193)
I can't believe you beat me to the D'Ump reference. I thought littering threads with links to T&E videos was my own, particularly useless niche on BTF.

The more the merrier! I'll be keeping my eye out.

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