View Poll Results: Time to use the K-Zone to call balls and strikes

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  • YES (We have the technology, time to use it)

    43 76.79%
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    Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    I say the human element is antiquated with the emergence of technology like the K-Zone.

    IMO its time to phase out the human-element and let the technology call balls and strikes.

    Radical change, no doubt, but we have the technology to have a uniformed strike zone and its time to change with the times.

    There's no more reason for fans at home to see when umpires are constantly MISSING IT one way or the other, when the K-Zone can get it right. Thats my opinion and it IS being discussed by MLB. Where do you stand on this issue?
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    Re: Time for a robe-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    I have advocated this for a long time now. There is no reason not to do this.
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    Re: Time for a robe-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Opps, the title should have been "ROBO-UP"

    Can a Mod please edit robe to robo?

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    Re: Time for a robe-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Quote Originally Posted by JDPNYY View Post
    I have advocated this for a long time now. There is no reason not to do this.
    Its insane, we're watching these umpires game after game, calling balls strikes and strikes balls.

    In the old days, before the K-Zone, you had no choice but to tolerate it and you could say it was purely subjective, but those days are LONG GONE. Now everyone watching at home can see how awful these calls are. Let the K-Zone call balls and strikes and no-one can complain. You can't complain with the technology.
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    Re: Time for a robe-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Itís hard to believe how bad a handful of these umps are behind the plate.
    They are so inconsistent. One time a pitch in a certain location is called a strike,
    the next time itís a ball. Most players will adjust if the umpire is consistent. The
    way it is with these umpires, the players have no idea what will be called.

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    Re: Time for a robe-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Quote Originally Posted by Murcer and Munson View Post
    It’s hard to believe how bad a handful of these umps are behind the plate.
    They are so inconsistent. One time a pitch in a certain location is called a strike,
    the next time it’s a ball. Most players will adjust if the umpire is consistent. The
    way it is with these umpires, the players have no idea what will be called.
    The fans either, none of us do. I always knew balls and strikes are subjective to a degree, when we're talking about the edges, and once upon a time we had no choice but to live with it, but NOT ANYMORE, now we have the technology to INSTANTLY call a ball a ball and a strike a strike, there is no reason to live with the subjectivity and inconsistency of the human element anymore.

    The only reason to b*tch and moan about it now is the umpires union, but too bad, millions of Americans have been phased out by technology and the umpires didn't shed any tears, so welcome to the club.
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    Re: Time for a robe-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Interesting that so far nobody has voted for the umps. That could change, but I think its an indication of just how bad they have been at calling balls and strikes. The K-Zone has really exposed just how bad.
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    Re: Time for a robe-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    I'm sorry, but anyone that doesn't want this and is okay with the human element, needs to get with the times. The human element is complete and utter garbage. These players have busted their asses their whole lives to make it to the major leagues and win a World Series and you want them to get their dreams ripped away by some moron umpire that can't do his job right? There is absolutely no argument that can be made to keep these idiots behind the plate.

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    Re: Time for a robe-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carsten Charles View Post
    I'm sorry, but anyone that doesn't want this and is okay with the human element, needs to get with the times. The human element is complete and utter garbage. These players have busted their asses their whole lives to make it to the major leagues and win a World Series and you want them to get their dreams ripped away by some moron umpire that can't do his job right? There is absolutely no argument that can be made to keep these idiots behind the plate.
    The beauty of it is that they can stay behind the plate and do everything else back there...just take the ability to call balls and strikes away from them. No jobs lost, plus all the scrutiny gone...how is this a bad thing? We have the technology readily available. Let's not be stupid and not utilize it.

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    Re: Time for a robe-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    I'm going to pithchFX in about 5 min to see the FB% for last night. They use computers for type of pitch, break, release point, strike zone - more than I understand. Some games I watch have a 3D box... MLB should be using this technology. It drive me nuts when a ball is called a strike and puts the batter at a disadvantage. There must be a comparison as to the pitchFX and to actual game. Long overdue. For me this is like letting Pete into the HOF. A real sore point.

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    Re: Time for a robe-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    By the way, if we go to robo umps which strike zone should we use? The rule book one? or the one now established (sort of) by the umps?

    Just wondering

    Also, since most replays are due to decisions at first base, should we also replace the first base umps with electronic umps? If so, why not use electronics to determine if a batted ball is fair or foul?
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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Yay.

    Also, the batter's out after 3 foul balls. Put the ball in play or go sit down, son.
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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Just not sure about this yet. No doubt the results will be better, but I really miss the heated arguments with the umps over blown calls. Houk, Weaver, Martin, Piniella and even Girardi on occasion would blow their top over bad calls and provide some quality entertainment, and entertaining fans is a lot of what it's all about. For sure, it'll work with the next generation of fans.
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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    As far as the technology goes - I hope there's a way to see where the ball is as it crosses home plate (which should be the true "strike zone") - not where the catcher catches it.

    There also needs to be a way for each batter to have his own particular strike zone, based on his size (i.e. Judge & Torreyes).
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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bub View Post
    Just not sure about this yet. No doubt the results will be better, but I really miss the heated arguments with the umps over blown calls. Houk, Weaver, Martin, Piniella and even Girardi on occasion would blow their top over bad calls and provide some quality entertainment, and entertaining fans is a lot of what it's all about. For sure, it'll work with the next generation of fans.
    There shouldn't be anything illegal with dumping a Gatorade cooler over the RoboUmp's head. Now THAT's Entertainment!
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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Absolutely.

    Not only becuase I think it helps the game move along with more action (pitchers would be forced to throw actually over the plate to get strike calls so hitters could lock in more), but it would greatly help the Yankees who routinely get huge strike zones when batting and tiny strike zones when pitching. It would help Judge the most though. He gets some of the worst balls called strikes Ive ever seen. The guy has a bigger K zone, but you cant call a strike on him shin high, then letter high. Also, yesterday he got called one about 6 inches inside.
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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Quote Originally Posted by sjb23 View Post
    As far as the technology goes - I hope there's a way to see where the ball is as it crosses home plate (which should be the true "strike zone") - not where the catcher catches it.

    There also needs to be a way for each batter to have his own particular strike zone, based on his size (i.e. Judge & Torreyes).



    This. I was just thinking about Ricky Henderson and his ridiculously small strike zone !
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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    I guess you'd still have an ump back there to call time or plays at the plate etc.

    I'm ok with it at this point. But the human umps don't bother me too much...Its ridiculous but I've always enjoyed watching a pitcher gradually take advantage of a big zone as the game goes along. Of course, only as a neutral or if it benefits my team.

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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Quote Originally Posted by b_joseph View Post
    I guess you'd still have an ump back there to call time or plays at the plate etc.

    I'm ok with it at this point. But the human umps don't bother me too much...Its ridiculous but I've always enjoyed watching a pitcher gradually take advantage of a big zone as the game goes along. Of course, only as a neutral or if it benefits my team.
    Glavine and Maddux come to mind. Sometimes, by the 7th inning, if they were still pitching, the strike zone was past the black on the plate. Little by little, they would widen the strike zone as the game wore on, and get the calls.
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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    I remember Jon Lester for the Red Sox getting that call off the plate outside by a good 4-5 inches every game. It was ridiculous. Nearly un-hittable.
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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Eric Gregg is calling balls and strikes in heaven now.
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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    http://mentalfloss.com/article/65457...ed-base-genius

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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    The technology is not yet there to make this switch worthwhile - talk of “infallible robots” is fanciful and unrealistic.
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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    The umpire union will fight it to the bitter end.

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    Re: Time for a robo-ump to call balls and strikes, YAY or NAY?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigYankeeUnit View Post
    The umpire union will fight it to the bitter end.
    A. Who cares.

    B. It makes the job easier. No reason to fight.


    This is a total no-brainer. This should already be in the works.
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