Sawchik: Can umpires and pitch-tracking co-exist?

From Travis Sawchik at FanGraphs on August 23, 2017:

Rob Manfred might be distancing himself from robot umps.


Maybe we’re further away from seeing automated calls than some thought, a fact that might be frustrating to Ian Kinsler and Joe Maddon, both of whom have voiced frustrations with calls recently.

 Still, it seems the technology will eventually get there. The systems in place today can call the east-west zones more accurately than umpires, though determining the north-south zones have yet to be solved. Given the relatively short window within which sophisticated pitch-tracking has become available, however, the solution is likely to arrive sooner than later.

When it does, the question is whether baseball will be willing to use it.

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Originally published: August 23, 2017. Last Updated: August 23, 2017.