Technology is changing the way baseball is being played. Robot umpires will be calling balls and strikes at Tampa Bay area ballparks.
Automated Balls and Strikes technology (ABS) is a reality. It started last year when nine out of the 10 teams in the Florida State League used ABS. This year they are adding it to the five minor league ballparks in the Tampa Bay area.
Now don’t expect to see an actual robot umpire standing behind the plate. No, the ump will still be flesh and blood. What ABS does is use cameras around the stadium to create custom strike zones for each batter based on the player’s height. The balls or strikes calls are fed to the actual umpire through an earpiece and they relay the call to the crowd. The goal is to make the call at the plate more consistent because human error is taken out of the picture.
With ABS, players and managers can’t yell at the umpire for a questionable call. That bums us out because we do enjoy a good home plate argument!
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated that he wants to see some form of ABS used by 2024 in the big league.
So far the ABS technology will be calling games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Florida State League. The rest of the week will have human umpires calling the games.
Robot umpires are warming up and you’ll get to see them in use around Tampa Bay.
[SOURCE: Fox 13]