In an effort to get all the umpires to have a consistent (rather than their own) strike zone, MLB has put a Questec system in a dozen ballparks. Using cameras and triangulation, this system can call a consistent zone. It is used to evaluate and instruct the men in blue. Why don’t they just make it easier and better for the umps and the hitters and pitchers by just using the technology to call the game? An umpire could have a buzzer in each back pocket and if he gets buzzed on the left, it’s a ball. If he feels it on the right, it’s a strike. The homeplate umpire would still have a lot of other calls to make and the umpires would still have to call “ball” or “strike” on checked swings.
Generally speaking, I am against using replays to make calls in all sports. My preference is to make the call and get on with the game. But, I get so mad watching baseball that I would favor using technology, if the system was proven to be accurate, because it would be fair to both hitters and pitchers and wouldn’t affect the flow of the game.
Larry Dierker | FULL STORY