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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Automated ball-strike (ABS) system, pitch timer, bigger bases tested at Triple-A

I’d watch and attend more games if this were the norm.

But this 2-hour, 17-minute game was also a much crisper, faster-paced brand of baseball than many of us are accustomed to. The MLB Network cameras were trained on Truist Field on this summer night because the Minor Leagues this year are a professional baseball petri dish. And in the ongoing evaluation of various rule change experiments that could one day be implemented at the big league level, it is essential to generate opinion from an important and influential observer:


I like this idea.


How it works: In the challenge system, the home-plate umpire calls balls and strikes in the traditional manner, but teams can appeal to the Hawk-Eye “robot ump” on certain calls they deem to be incorrect.

• Each club starts the game with three challenges.
• A correct challenge is retained; an incorrect challenge is lost.
• Challenges may only be made by the batter, the catcher or the pitcher (i.e., no help from the dugout).
• Challenges must be made immediately following the umpire’s call.

jimfurtado Posted: August 21, 2022 at 09:57 AM | 26 comment(s)
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