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Robots Set to Steal the Show, and the Soul, from America’s Pastime

Backlash against the changes are likely, given that Major League Baseball’s video review rules were subject to fervent and heated discussion just some years ago.

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When it comes to iconic, American imagery, nothing quite beats a day at the ballpark.

We as Americans have grown up hearing the stories, nay, legends surrounding some of baseball’s greats.  Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and even the ornery and ugly Ty Cobb are all household names whose personalities can be interwoven to create a tapestry of archetypal characters here in the US of A.

Our nation’s children will, almost undoubtedly, swing a bat or a stick at a ball, or a makeshift version of one, at some point during their upbringing.

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Heck, many of us would be fine with including a question about the rules of baseball in the citizenship test for would-be American citizens; that is just how intrinsic the game is to our national identity.

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Naturally, this means that a great many fans will be disappointed or angered when changes are made in the way the game is played, broadcast, or officiated.

Such is the case in the Minor Leagues here in America, where not only are adjustments being made to the field itself, but robotic umpires are set to begin calling the game.

The 60-foot-6-inch distance between the front of the pitching rubber and the back point of home plate has been standard since 1893, but Major League Baseball reached a three-year deal to experiment in the Atlantic League, an eight-team circuit that occasionally produces big leaguers. Infield defensive shifts will be limited. Pitchers there will have to get used to 62 feet, 2 inches this summer.

Plate umpires will wear earpieces and be informed of ball/strike calls by a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. Umps will have the ability to override the computer, which considers a pitch a strike when the ball bounces and then crosses the zone. TrackMan also does not evaluate check swings.

Backlash against the changes are likely, given that Major League Baseball’s video review rules were subject to fervent and heated discussion just some years ago.

Unlike that situation, the electronic umpire will be used at nearly all times, leading many to believe that the soul of the game itself could be irreparably harmed.

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Trump Punts Fauci’s Concerns About NFL Season Taking Place During Coronavirus Pandemic

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