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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

‘It’s an art’: MLB catchers seek balance between framing, robot umps

But what about those fans - likely very many - who want to see more objectivity from officials in all sports?

“They can write a letter or something,” Trevino responded wryly. “But, I mean, for guys that love doing it, the guys that enjoy catching and love pitch framing and any kind of defensive stuff, it means a lot. It means a lot to us.”

In reality, though, the automated strike zone is most likely coming, one way or another. And many catchers, including Texas Rangers tandem Jonah Heim and Austin Hedges - two of the best pitch framers in the league who’ve combined to save 22 runs this season - seem ready to welcome the appeal system.

“I think the best starting point would be the appeal system,” said All-Star Heim, the rare catcher who’s elite at framing but also a good hitter. “Just from hearing guys that come up in the minor leagues, they like that kind of system. It still has a human element. You just gotta be more strategic with it, I guess.”

Hedges offered his own unique perspective, as a veteran with his fourth organization after being traded to Texas at the deadline.

“I like the challenge system. I don’t think the fully automated system is a good idea,” the 31-year-old said. “Having the umpire back there still brings a lot of value. There’s certain things about baseball that you need a decision to be made versus where a ball is crossing electronically. But if you have the ability to challenge it and it can happen quickly, I think that’ll still keep the value of a catcher (who) can receive the ball.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2023 at 12:29 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: September 27, 2023 at 03:26 PM (#6142438)
This is like a Obama complaining about ATMs and airline self check in (which then got disintermediated by your phone ) taking away jobs. Complain all you want (write a letter !) but change is a coming.

I was hoping for next year and it still may be next year but it sounds like they want another year to smooth things over with umps and catchers.
   2. Baldrick Posted: September 28, 2023 at 08:06 PM (#6142669)
Grifter: "Grifting is an art. Are we making art illegal in this country now?"

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