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Thursday, January 23, 2020

MLB umpires’ union clarifies use of electronics at spring training sites

Hours after baseball commissioner Rob Manfred indicated that an electronic strike zone would be used in spring training games, the executive committee of the umpires’ union clarified that news, indicating that the electronics would not be used in place of a plate ump’s judgment.

Rather, as umpires go through their regular spring work, MLB will be operating an electronic zone for nine games in Florida as it continues to refine its system that is expected to be implemented in the years ahead.

The umpires’ committee released a statement to ESPN on Wednesday evening that read: “Reports that MLB will use ‘robo-umps’ to call balls and strikes in spring training games this year are completely inaccurate. ... Our understanding is that a camera-based tracking system will be running in the background during some spring training games for technology development and training purposes. But any game in which a Major League Baseball umpire is working will have a human calling balls and strikes.”

A Major League Baseball official confirmed this.

An increased use of technology in baseball? Whatever could go wrong?

 

QLE Posted: January 23, 2020 at 12:30 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: robot umpires, technology

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   1. The Duke Posted: January 23, 2020 at 11:16 AM (#5918659)
A new vista for the Astros. Hack the robo feed and change balls to strikes and vice versa
Seriously, I hope they have good security on this because it will happen, probably emanating from Vegas

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