StlSluggers wrote:slomo007 wrote:StlSluggers wrote:Seriously, though, is the author suggesting that the MLB umpires want Questec's system to stick around? I thought they hated that thing as much as the players do.
Why would they hate it? It takes the burden of calling strikes off of them....if a manager complains, they can simply fall back on the fact that the machine said so, not them.
I wouldn't want a machine telling me how to do my job, and I definitely wouldn't want to be graded against the output of a machine. That's just me, though.
In this case thgouh its very difficult to argue against objective criticism, esp when its within half an inch. The umps hate it because it undermines (and rightfully so) their power. The rules are clear and the umps, for whatever reason I can't imagine, have decided to just make their own stuff up. Nobody likes being called out for being wrong and that's exactly what Questec does. I think it's great as a constructive criticism tool for umps that are actually trying to follow the rules. Of course someone who maybe can't succeed without getting balls called as strikes will not like it.