Stark: The robots are coming! Examining big leaguers’ biggest fears about their future electronic overlords

From SABR member Jayson Stark at The Athletic on August 14, 2019:

Miles from this world of robots and their newfangled 21st-century strike zone, Clayton Kershaw can see the future — and suddenly, he’s never been a bigger fan of the past.

“Come on,” the Dodgers’ ace says of the prospect of robot umps coming to a big-league park near him. “Is that really a possibility? They’re not really thinking about that. Are they?”

Well … apparently, he hasn’t attended any Atlantic League games lately.

Apparently, he hasn’t seen the humongous Doppler radar dish hanging from the upper deck behind home plate in every park.

Apparently, he hasn’t gotten a look at the electronic-strike-zone crew that now sits in every Atlantic League press box and unpacks an equipment box labeled: “Property of MLB.”

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Originally published: August 15, 2019. Last Updated: August 15, 2019.