It's an idea that's been floated around for some time. How different would the Padre/Yankee World Series have been with this tech?One of the advantages of the current broadcast technology of baseball games is that it can show how good or bad the umpires are at calling balls and strikes. Maybe roboump next year?
The robot could help rein in different interpretations of the strike zone among umpires. It also limits the ability of catchers to frame a pitch. The machine will appear in select Low-A games.www.npr.org
I still like real umps/refs. The game of Baseball is not perfect and this tech would change the feel.of the game. Imagine Earl Weaver or Billy Martin trying to argue with an ai-ump.. the need for catchers who can call a good game and frame a pitch would be a thing of the past. No Alomar or Yeager needed..
The only tweaking they should make is the pace of the game and they are working on that.