Temple: On the fairness of TV’s PITCHf/x box

From SABR member David G. Temple at TechGraphs on September 15, 2015:

Recently, yours truly was a guest on the Offspeed Podcast talking about the plausibility of robot umpires being used in baseball. Not humanoid robots, really — more like a system of lasers or cameras similar to what the San Rafael Pacifics used recently in a game/publicity stunt. I mentioned how PITCHf/x could be better utilized to monitor and grade umpires, bringing a level of accountability to the whole process. There are a lot of caveats that go into all that, and I would suggest you listen to the episode to get all my thoughts if you are interested, as I’m not keen on regurgitating all of them here. But as I was watching Monday’s Astros/Rangers game, my thinking started to change. There were some questionable calls, as there always are in any game. But we only knew they were really questionable because of the broadcast’s replay and the use of PITCHf/x technology. It got me wondering; is it fair that we as fans are the only people that get to see the strike zone in real time?

Read the full article here: http://www.techgraphs.com/on-the-fairness-of-the-pitchfx-box-being-shown-on-tv/

Originally published: September 15, 2015. Last Updated: September 15, 2015.