MLB Fans React To News That Triple-A Baseball Will Be Using Robot Umpires During The 2022 Season

MLB Fans React To News That Triple-A Will Be Using Robot Umpires

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  • Major League Baseball announced that it will be instituting robot umpires for the 2022 Triple A season.
  • Baseball fans were quick to react to this news and were surprisingly split in their support of the announcement.
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On Thursday, we reported that a survey of 11,500 sports fans revealed some of the changes they would like to see made with Major League Baseball.

Highest on the list were the way the league handles minor league pay and living conditions, broadcast blackouts, and teams tanking.

What we didn’t mention was the fact that 31.9% of those fans also want Major League Baseball to implement an automatic ball/strike system.

Apparently they are tired of watching umpires like Angel Hernandez butcher the strike zone.

According to a massive study of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, MLB umpires made 34,294 incorrect ball and strike calls for an average of 14 per game or 1.6 per inning that year.

Related: Survey Of 11,500 Fans Reveals Major League Baseball’s Biggest Problems, Changes Fans Want Made

So, despite my good friend Grayson claiming robot umpires are going to ruin baseball last year, it is still going to happen.

This week, Major League Baseball posted a job notice for an ABS Tech. ABS stands for Automated Ball and Strike system.

The listing reads…

Major League Baseball (MLB) will be operating the Automated Ball and Strike system (ABS) in select Spring Training venues in Florida, in AAA West and Low-A Southeast, and potentially in other non-MLB games and venues.

ABS will leverage optical tracking data to determine and communicate ball and strike calls to plate umpires. It is critical we provide quality support to the umpires and the technology while capturing data around system performance.

MLB is accepting applications for all markets, but are actively recruiting for the for the Albuquerque Isotopes, Charlotte Knights, El Paso Chihuahuas, Las Vegas Aviators, Oklahoma City Dodgers, Reno Aces, Round Rock Express, Sacramento River Cats, Salt Lake Bees, Sugar Land Skeeters and Tacoma Rainiers.

“The ABS Tech will be located at field level to physically support the plate umpire including his device, its functionality, and wiring,” the listing also states. “The ABS application is a simple phone app operated on an MLB-supplied iPhone with a WiFi connection.”

Baseball fans, upon hearing this news, took to social media to express their feelings about this landmark development.

Truer words have never been spoken.

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