The Morning After: Major League Baseball wants to deploy strike zone robo-umpires in 2024

Major League Baseball will “likely” implement an automated strike zone system beginning in 2024, Commissioner Rob Manfred said ESPN. These robotic umpires can announce all balls and shots and then relay the information to a board umpire, or be part of a re-check system that allows managers to dispute calls.

The comments come after outrage over missed calls from umpires in recent games, including a brutal low-strike error during a Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins game. MLB has been experimenting with robotic umpires in the Atlantic League since 2019, using technology similar to golf speedometers.

Adopting the technology can bring other benefits. According to MLB data, mechanical systems have already mercifully cut Atlantic League games by a full nine minutes. And I graciously say that from the perspective of a Brit who has been watching cricket matches.

– Mat Smith

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