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NFT: Electronic strike zone is coming to a minor league

Steve in ATL : 5/16/2019 11:15 am
Interesting article on The Athletic today. An electronic strike zone is coming to the Atlantic League.

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an electronic TrackMan radar tracking system will be making those ball/strike calls.


Can you imagine a consistent strike zone every day! This is great news!

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Can’t wait for it in MLB  
gmenatlarge : 5/16/2019 11:22 am : link
So tired of each ump having his “own” strike zone!
I like it. If we're turning BB into a video game we need really good  
Marty in Albany : 5/16/2019 11:53 am : link
sound effects. Any suggestions for the strike and ball sounds?

A strike-out should be a really loud BLAAAAAAT!!
Somewhere Aaron Judge is smiling and Jose Altuve is frowning.  
BigBlue2112 : 5/16/2019 12:30 pm : link
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At the risk of being too specific  
Gatorade Dunk : 5/16/2019 12:34 pm : link
The Atlantic League, as an independent league, may not have much (or any) bearing on what MLB does. If it were an affiliated league, at least it could be considered a legitimate test case.

Of course, if it goes well, MLB will surely be keeping an eye on it - electronic or otherwise.
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Klaatu : 5/16/2019 12:38 pm : link


Deactivate the umpire!
Should be in MLB yesterday  
Metnut : 5/16/2019 12:39 pm : link
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that really, really good baseball guy on WFAN weekends  
ColHowPepper : 5/16/2019 12:56 pm : link
was talking about this with the CEO of the Atlantic League several weeks ago. Going to be a crucible
RE: that really, really good baseball guy on WFAN weekends  
Klaatu : 5/16/2019 1:00 pm : link
In comment 14446253 ColHowPepper said:
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was talking about this with the CEO of the Atlantic League several weeks ago. Going to be a crucible


Ed Randall, Talking Baseball?
you know at one point i was very much against this  
Jints in Carolina : 5/16/2019 1:24 pm : link
but after seeing game after game being umpired horribly, I am now very much in favor it.

I guess old farts can change.
Yes, Ed Randall, Talking Baseball  
ColHowPepper : 5/16/2019 1:54 pm : link
so well connected at so many levels of the game, players, managers, GMs, retired and active; Umpires, umps' union, agents. Thoughtful and articulate observer of the game.

Thank you, Klaatu, for filling in the blank spots in my brain!
RE: you know at one point i was very much against this  
Stu11 : 5/16/2019 1:59 pm : link
In comment 14446287 Jints in Carolina said:
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but after seeing game after game being umpired horribly, I am now very much in favor it.

I guess old farts can change.

Same here. I think somewhere around the 100th time I saw Judge get punched out on a pitch 6 inches below his knees I came over to the dark side...
RE: At the risk of being too specific  
Del Shofner : 5/16/2019 2:03 pm : link
In comment 14446212 Gatorade Dunk said:
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The Atlantic League, as an independent league, may not have much (or any) bearing on what MLB does. If it were an affiliated league, at least it could be considered a legitimate test case.

Of course, if it goes well, MLB will surely be keeping an eye on it - electronic or otherwise.


Actually, MLB is partnering with the Atlantic League with respect to testing these changes ...

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Definitely overdue.  
Section331 : 5/16/2019 2:53 pm : link
While an electronic strike zone may not be perfect, it will be consistent. While the variation in strike zones between different umps has gotten better in recent years, it still can be maddening.
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Eman11 : 5/16/2019 6:31 pm : link
In comment 14446337 Stu11 said:
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In comment 14446287 Jints in Carolina said:


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but after seeing game after game being umpired horribly, I am now very much in favor it.

I guess old farts can change.


Same here. I think somewhere around the 100th time I saw Judge get punched out on a pitch 6 inches below his knees I came over to the dark side...


I'm right there with both of you, and pretty much for the exact same reasons.
When  
mitch300 : 5/16/2019 6:46 pm : link
They started tracking the umps call the game and being graded after each game, I thought it would get better. The commission doesn’t do any thing about it either.
They can get coverage of the plate  
section125 : 5/16/2019 6:52 pm : link
down easy enough. But setting up for individual batters will be a chore. What will they bae that on?

Also, how safe is this? I wonder about players being further bombarded by radar waves constantly.
RE: They can get coverage of the plate  
Steve in ATL : 5/16/2019 6:57 pm : link
In comment 14446614 section125 said:
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down easy enough. But setting up for individual batters will be a chore. What will they bae that on?

Also, how safe is this? I wonder about players being further bombarded by radar waves constantly.


I think the article says they have the vertical differences in players covered. Things like checked swings are a bigger problem.
When I think about the electronic strikezone, I always envision  
PhiPsi125 : 5/16/2019 8:57 pm : link
the HP umpire remaining behind home plate with an earpiece in getting the calls for balls and strikes. The umpires can still call the balls/strikes and also still be there for things like check swings and plays at the plate.
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