Remember when Curt Schilling went all medieval on the Questec system? Tom Glavine may be the next in line. He gave up 8 runs, 7 earned in 3.2 IP on 6 hits, and 6 walks while striking out 1. Yes, I said 6 walks. He’s now walked 22 batters in 30.2 IP. He’s just not getting that extra 8 inches on the outside of the plate that he got before big brother started watching. And don’t think the umpires don’t know Glavine’s status in the Players Association. The MLBPA could be a co-conspirator in an effort to rid the baseball world of such “blight” (it’s not like there’s anything else wrong with the game they should be concentrating on) and I doubt the umpires mind Tom’s consternation all that much.
First of all, for those of you that don't know, here's a quicky description of the Questec system:
Major League Baseball's Official Rule Book has always had a clear definition of the strike zone, but during the last quarter-century that definition has been replaced by each umpire's interpretation of the zone. The strike zone has evolved into a much shorter and wider strike area than was ever intended. This season, Major League Baseball is commited to making sure the strike zone is enforced as described in the rule book.
In order to return the official strike zone to the game and to assist the umpires, Major League Baseball has contracted QuesTec to develop the new Umpire Information System, as well as operate the system over the next five seasons. The Umpire Information System is able to identify whether a pitched ball is in or out of each hitter's strike zone to within half an inch of accuracy. It will be used to provide the umpires with objective feedback on their performance in calling balls and strikes according to the rule book.
Now I'm not buying the conspiracy theory. I want to make that clear. I just don't jump on those bandwagons. However, it does make for some interesting conversation.
So I'll ask the obvious question here: Why would the MLB umpires want Tom Glavine to retire? What would they gain?