Computerized Strike Zone Was Tested In Atlantic League & The Results Are...
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The MLB has been testing a computerized strike zone in the independent Atlantic League and it looks like the results are not promising. Per MLB national columnist Bob Klapisch...

Do you want to see a computerized strike zone?

(Terez Owens)
Filed Under: MLB
Originally published on TigerDroppings.com

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29 Comments
Yeah, let's let umpires decide whether or not the technology that replaces them is up to the job. LOL
Reply25 days
Funny that when a pitch is technically straddling the dividing line between ball and strike, the human umpire has to make an error one way or the other in order to make the call… lean strike or lean ball. Machines are too perfect and refuse to call it one way or the other. There is no option for 50/50. They have no criteria for it, whereas humans are flawed and it is that flaw that causes them to call it one way or the other.
Reply26 days
They have to have some formula that equates the amount of the balk that was on the corner of the plate and how much of the ball was outside. I wonder if it had trouble adjusting to the different heights of the batters?
26 days
Only being wrong 20 percent of the time would be an improvement.
Reply26 days
Said one: “it was wrong about 20 percent of the time. And some pitches it couldn’t make up its mind. No call either way." So just let it flip a coin on the ones it can't decide on and it is just like the real thing
Reply26 days
The technology definitely exists and has for probably a decade or so. They can track bullets out of rifles in real time. Either they did not have the right equipment or the right person writing the code. You would thing things being consistent would favor the batter and not the pitcher. It would probably take something away from the game.
Reply26 days
"Atlantic League umpires tell me the technology isn’t ready" What else would people who are in danger of computers replacing them say??? "Oh it works great. The calls are right on the money". MLB umpires get the calls correct most of the time. Where they need a computerized strike zone is in college baseball.
Reply26 days
The Astros just hired 10 Asian kids from the Cal Tech campus to hack into the system...
Reply26 days
At least it would be consistent. Umpires call it differently game to game or inning to inning.
Reply26 days
So the computer's wrong less than umpires. Got it. Also, I bet it's CONSISTENTLY wrong. Bring on the computers. frick blue and his inconsistent ass, especially SEC blue.
Reply26 days
Hell, you could even keep that "learn the ump" aspect in the game by just randomizing the edges of its strike zone a little bit at the beginning of every game.
26 days
Quote: Said one: “it was wrong about 20 percent of the time Uh. Who was judging the computer? I’m guessing video replay or something? If an ump was judging the computer, we’ll that’s just silly.
Reply26 days
Umps trying to save their jobs. Learn to Code
Reply26 days
Human error is part of the game.
Reply26 days
If technology had existed at the time it was created that could remove human error, it would have done so.
26 days
I’m against it. I don’t think it would take much for a batter to ‘trick’ the machine into a tighter strike zone with posture, stance, etc.
Reply26 days
Every single umpire has his own quirks --- whether they line up over left or right shoulder, stand higher or lower behind the box or look at the glove or the plate. Many batters (and pitchers for that matter) have to take an inning or two to figure out where the ump is reading. Down and outside might be a ball today but a strike tomorrow. Bottom line there are inconsistencies from umpire to umpire and it is the players job to figure out what they're working with. This technology is supposed to take away that inconsistency and I'm for it.
Reply26 days
How did the AI define strike? 100% of the ball in the strike zone, or any part of the ball in the strike zone? How to MLB rules read on that?
Reply26 days
Who is the batter supposed to mean mug as he walks back to the dugout after a called looking k
Reply26 days
So there are no pitchers here I see. You know, umpires make mistakes. Umpires are very inconsistent. Umpires are human and they sometimes let their own emotions influence calls. Throw in those guys who egos are so big that they have to show everyone “who’s boss”. I understand the nostalgia aspect of having umpires, but I’d prefer a game that is fair.
Reply26 days
Recent events would suggest that baseball needs less technology.
Reply26 days
So they let the umpires decide? LOL you know, the ones that the tech would replace
Reply26 days
The major sports leagues are making a mistake by trying to take the human element out of their sports. Getting a few less calls incorrect is a poor substitute for losing the soul of a sport. I'm sure there are many who disagree but time will prove it true
Reply26 days
We also have referees stating exactly how they were able to fix games. I understand that computers are able to be hacked and manipulated, but simply stating "the human element" can be removed and we have a fair game.
26 days
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