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‘Robot’ umpire calls first professional baseball game with one hitch and no controversy
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 11, 2019 06:42PM
They used an iPhone, too.

[www.washingtonpost.com]

“YORK, Pa. — Professional baseball allowed a glimpse at its future Wednesday night for keen-eyed observers of the home plate umpire’s right ear and back pocket.

A computer officially called balls and strikes for the first time in the game’s history in the United States at a minor league all-star game. Major League Baseball in February signed a three-year agreement with the independent, eight-team Atlantic League to install experimental rules in line with Commissioner Rob Manfred’s vision for a faster, more action-packed game.

Among the first changes discussed was an automated balls and strikes regime, run via a panel above home plate made by sports data firm TrackMan. After a half-season of testing, the system was ready for the league All-Star Game, debuting with great fanfare and an unambiguous strike.

“Take pictures. Take selfies. Tell people you were here,” the stadium’s emcee announced before the game, telling the crowd of 6,773 they were about to witness history.

Mitch Atkins of the York Revolution threw the first pitch, a belt-high fastball on the outer half of the plate for strike one, and then the ball was sent to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.”



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Re: ‘Robot’ umpire calls first professional baseball game with one hitch and no controversy
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 11, 2019 07:02PM
That ain't cricket.
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Re: ‘Robot’ umpire calls first professional baseball game with one hitch and no controversy
Posted by: bfd
Date: July 11, 2019 07:03PM
<sarc>Who needs players. There are mountains of statistics. Just create players, teams and let the games play out on a computer. That'd get game times down to microseconds…an entire season might take a few ms longer.</sarc>
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Re: ‘Robot’ umpire calls first professional baseball game with one hitch and no controversy
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: July 12, 2019 01:16AM




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