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Robot umpire aid debuts in minors as MLB watches closely

Robot umpire aid debuts in minors as MLB watches closely

MLB and the Atlantic League signed a three-year deal back in February that allows the majors to use the Independent League as their guinea pig as commissioner Rob Manfred continues to tinker with the game. The Trackman system for calling balls and strikes made its debut on Wednesday (July 10) night during the Atlantic League All-Star game.

The rule change was mentioned as part of a longer piece on the implementation of "robot umpires" in the Atlantic League, but it's a rather insane concept that certainly would increase the importance of defense behind the plate and control on the mound. A batter can be thrown out at first base in the event he tries advancing when a ball gets past the backstop. Officials will also ban pickoff moves in which a pitcher remains on the rubber, expand the dropped third strike rule to all counts, allow bunting players to foul off a two-strike pitch before striking out and command umpires to rule on check swings in a "batter friendly" manner.

People often joke about fast guys who can't hit by saying "you can't steal first base".

If you're one of those fans who have grown exhausted of umpires blow ball and strike calls, we have some good news for you. "This idea has been around for a long time and it's the first time it's been brought to life in a comprehensive way".

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"We're very excited about what this portends not only for our league but for the future of baseball", Atlantic League President Rick White said.

Sword said Major League Baseball hasn't received much pushback from umpires.

According to the Record, TrackMan measures each batter's height and develops a strike zone based on that information.

Pitcher Mitch Atkins noticed pitches higher in the strike zone were called. The automated zone still has struggles with backdoor sliders and late-moving breaking pitches, and, as was on display in the Atlantic League game, there are still mechanical hiccups and delays with the technology. Sabermetric analysis reveals the startling defensive value that catchers add by their "pitch framing" prowess - what some catchers call "receiving", or "presenting" the pitch to the umpire. The league is partnered with Major League Baseball to test the Doppler radar system, among other things that could lead to equipment or rule changes. It's not just to address player concerns. That same technology can be used in our broadcast, which has value to our fans.


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