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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

MLB commissioner says automated strike zone an option when ‘time is right’

An automated strike zone could be inching closer to becoming a reality in Major League Baseball.

In a recent appearance on MLB Network, commissioner Rob Manfred stated that the technology used for the automated strike zone was due for a large upgrade this winter and that further testing and preparation will take place during the 2020 season.

The goal? Get everyone as comfortable with the system as possible so that the MLB can comfortably implement an automated system when the “time is right.”

Mind you, Manfred being who he is, this could very well mean “never”.....

 

QLE Posted: November 06, 2019 at 12:23 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: automated strike zone, manfred is thinking about it

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   1. Jack Sommers Posted: November 06, 2019 at 03:52 PM (#5899206)
My guess....

It's implemented 2022 at the earliest, (first year of new CBA), or is phased in by 2023 latest

2-3 years implementation in the minors will be enough for them to make the leap.

We'll probably have NL DH by then too.

   2. Hank Gillette Posted: November 06, 2019 at 09:29 PM (#5899275)
I’d love to see this happen, if they can get timely, consistent results. The rulebook strike zone would probably have to be tweaked slightly to give the same average strike zone that the umpires have now.

The reason I would like to see it is that my theory is that this would be an advantage to both the better hitters and the better pitchers, because they would be able to take advantage of a more consistent strike zone in a way that batters who don’t have a good sense of the strike zone, and pitchers who don’t have the control to put the ball where they want it, could not.
   3. Bote Man Posted: November 07, 2019 at 12:44 AM (#5899316)
I’d love to see this happen, if they can get timely, consistent results.

Boy, you want everything, dontcha? Manfred never said anything about the technology being ready for prime time. Curious, that.

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