Reply to "Robot umpires debut in independent Atlantic League"

As an umpire, I do NOT subscribe to the “human element is part of the game” rationale for accepting bad calls.

 

I want to get the calls right, and I welcome tools that improve accuracy—as long as they don’t disrupt the game or put the calls under the jurisdiction of someone other than the on-field umpires. 

The way this demonstration was conducted makes sense. The plate umpire had the information but he knew the tool’s limitations, such as not being able to measure the 3-dimensionality of the zone, and was able to override when it seemed right. 

I would also welcome video replay, especially on plays we know that the two-man system puts umpires in sub-optimal positions. 

I’m almost with FenwaySouth: Bring it on—carefully. 

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