Pro Baseball History Made as Robot Umpire Calls Balls & Strikes
For the very first time in baseball history, a computer officially called balls and strikes!
Professional baseball got a peek into the future on Wednesday evening in York, Pennsylvania when the Atlantic League, an eight-team independent pro baseball league debuted, for the first time in baseball history, the ABS or automated ball-strike system also known as Trackman. Check it out right here.
So, what do you think? The concept hasn't been implemented on the MLB level just yet but I'm pretty sure it will. Get used to it because it's here to stay.
Three cameras were placed around the field to set the strike zone for each batter. There's still an umpire behind the plate with an earpiece. When he gets the call from the computer, he signals a ball or strike. The following video from the MLB channel debating the concept.