Skip to comments.Sources: All AAA parks to use electronic strike zone in '23
Posted on 01/12/2023 4:43:05 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
The electronic strike zone will be used in all 30 Class AAA parks in 2023, sources told ESPN, seemingly another significant step toward the implementation of the technology at the big-league level in the near future.
The Automatic Balls and Strikes system, commonly referred to as ABS, will be deployed in two different ways. Half of the Class AAA games will be played with all of the calls determined by an electronic strike zone, and the other half played with an ABS challenge system similar to that used in professional tennis.
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They have Anti-Aircraft Artillery parks?
Oh H3ll, let them play T-ball.
Yes, that's exactly what they have.
The pitcher throws a ball, the batter hits it, and instead of attempting to catch it the fielders try to shoot it down with anti-aircraft artillery.
It's a bit rough on the fans ...
How can removing the human error inherent in a flesh-and-blood umpire be a bad thing?
Then again, if a pitcher has "stuff" that's so spectacular that he can fool even the umpire, how do you not give him credit for that?
Technology like this would have diminished the dominance of pitchers like Koufax and Maddux and Satchel Page, whose ball placement was so precise they could creep up on the edge of the strike zone incrementally, then put the ball just an inch outside when they wanted, leaving the batter no option but to swing at an outside pitch because he couldn't run the risk that the umpire's eyeballs weren't as precise as the pitcher's placement.
Then again, I'm a Bull Durham kinda guy. Astroturf is a sacrilege and the DH is the Anti-Christ.
Can we use this ABS retroactively ?
I’d like to know whether Yogi did tag Jackie.
How about interleague play? The wild card?
I am actually for this at the ML level.
There shouldn’t be such a think as a “Yankee’s Strike versus a “Twin’s” strike.
Umpires should not be able to squeeze a strike zone because they are grumpy, or upset at one team, or want to move the game along and all of those things happen.
The home plate umpire in the World Series should not EVER, EVER, EVER have grown up a fan of one of the teams in the Series as happened 2011
Robot strike calls prevent all of that.
Oh, and AL umpire Angel Hernandez should be launched into the sun.
It's a bit rough on the fans ...
I bet Helmet Night is really popular.
I’m not opposed either, but someone is going to have to explain the details to me. The strike zone should change by different players and batting stances. A tall guy crouching down in his stance might have the same zone as a short guy standing up in his stance, but if both use the same stance the tall guy should have the bigger zone.
Not sure how it works but they’ve been doing it in Cricket (At least that’s what I was told) for a while now.
Perhaps a thermal camera of some kind?
The vertical parameters of the zone should be based off of proportions of the batter, per the rules. I have no idea about cricket, I know they are standing in front of sticks and a pitched ball bounces before they swing. Do they have a strike zone?
The only way I can imagine it is if there are sensors in the uniform somehow. You need a way to get strike zone changes per size of player as adjusted by batting stance. At least per the rules.
Angel Hernandez should be launched into the sun.
Hernandez and the late Eric Gregg are the two worst MLB umpires ever.
The Wicket, which is three stumps behind the batter, there are two sticks at the top (bails), and if one of them falls, the batter is out.
Or someone in a booth adjusting the machine from batter to batter.
If stumps don’t change height with different batters, then it doesn’t seem like the same thing to me.
Or someone behind a plate! But I wouldn’t be necessarily opposed to taking balls and strikes away from the home plate ump and giving them to someone in a booth.
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