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(NYPost)   Yeah, but where's the fun of kicking dirt on an automated umpire's shoes?   ( nypost.com) divider line
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2017-04-15 06:48:10 PM  
Now what's Enrico Pollazzo going to do for work?
 
2017-04-15 07:02:15 PM  
DISMANTLE THE UMPIRE!

/Hmm... doesn't have the same ring to it
 
2017-04-15 08:34:04 PM  
Not a good idea to remove the Second Law of Robotics from its positronic brain.
 
2017-04-15 08:43:48 PM  
Remember, many years ago, when the First Base Ump called the player out (#)  many times?
We would lose that bit of fun.
 
2017-04-15 08:48:00 PM  
Keep the ump behind the plate but give him a HUD to call balls and strikes. A tiny camera could be embedded right in their mask.
 
2017-04-15 09:18:25 PM  

Johnny Rockets: Keep the ump behind the plate but give him a HUD to call balls and strikes. A tiny camera could be embedded right in their mask.


Eagle Eye (for tennis) works better when the cameras are fixed. "Human nature is a part of the game" means they shouldn't even be drawing lines on the grass, just let the umps guess, if human error is so damn important.
 
2017-04-15 09:19:44 PM  
Cameras and sensors on home plate is easy. I want bases that sense the surface tension of the bag so you know when and where the bag is being touched, or released coontouched?), time synced to video for reviews.
 
2017-04-16 12:32:20 AM  
What is silly about wanting a consistent strike zone? Honesty, the current system is beyond silly. It's farking idiotic.
 
2017-04-16 12:34:46 AM  
I'm not into automating umps.

BUT there are a few REALLY shiatTY umps I'd like replaced with anything. Anything

/a dish towel perhaps?
 
2017-04-16 01:21:55 AM  
Billy Martin is rolling over in his grave, subby.
 
2017-04-16 05:06:50 AM  
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2017-04-16 08:47:17 AM  
I do not understand the drive to destroy baseball.

I know it's hardly "America's pastime" anymore, and there are a lot more sports and entertainment options out there that make it a bit of a relic comparatively, but it's still a widely enjoyed, profitable venture played at virtually every level and enjoys a century plus of tradition and history.   I know football has changed, and continues to change, but especially recently those changes are safety related, not some effort to either remove any ambiguity or "speed up" the game.  As if a leisure activity needs to finish quickly.

Maddon is simply a crybaby.  Sure, an umpire will mis-call a few balls and strikes, but if balances out and affects all teams equally.  It's not like this issue has prevented his team from achieving any real success.
 
2017-04-16 09:04:44 AM  

Great_Milenko: I do not understand the drive to destroy baseball.

I know it's hardly "America's pastime" anymore, and there are a lot more sports and entertainment options out there that make it a bit of a relic comparatively, but it's still a widely enjoyed, profitable venture played at virtually every level and enjoys a century plus of tradition and history.   I know football has changed, and continues to change, but especially recently those changes are safety related, not some effort to either remove any ambiguity or "speed up" the game.  As if a leisure activity needs to finish quickly.

Maddon is simply a crybaby.  Sure, an umpire will mis-call a few balls and strikes, but if balances out and affects all teams equally.  It's not like this issue has prevented his team from achieving any real success.


I don't understand the mindset that accurately calling balls and strikes will somehow destroy the game.
 
2017-04-16 12:04:09 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Great_Milenko: I do not understand the drive to destroy baseball.

I know it's hardly "America's pastime" anymore, and there are a lot more sports and entertainment options out there that make it a bit of a relic comparatively, but it's still a widely enjoyed, profitable venture played at virtually every level and enjoys a century plus of tradition and history.   I know football has changed, and continues to change, but especially recently those changes are safety related, not some effort to either remove any ambiguity or "speed up" the game.  As if a leisure activity needs to finish quickly.

Maddon is simply a crybaby.  Sure, an umpire will mis-call a few balls and strikes, but if balances out and affects all teams equally.  It's not like this issue has prevented his team from achieving any real success.

I don't understand the mindset that accurately calling balls and strikes will somehow destroy the game.


This.  Balls and strikes should have no variability.  The strike zone is clearly defined by the rules.  There's no judgement just facts.

Rule 2.00: The Strike Zone
The STRIKE ZONE is that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the kneecap. The Strike Zone shall be determined from the batter's stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball.
 
2017-04-16 01:16:14 PM  
You could even code the umpire-bots to enforce the unwritten rules, like excessive bat flipping, looking at the pitcher too long after a hit, swinging on the first pitch after back to back home runs, bunting late in a no hitter, etc.
/ Blue screen of death would be funny though.
// Unwritten rules are stupid.
/// And don't get me started on paying Monopoly fees to Free Parking.
 
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