A minor-league baseball team let a machine call balls and strikes last night
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Baseball is a sport that’s often caught between two worlds. It’s a sport that embraced advanced statistics alongside more “old school” scouting and basic counting stats like RBIs, but it’s also one where the “human element” plays a huge role in almost every part of the game specifically, the home plate umpire who calls either a ball or strike on every single pitch. With the advent of advanced technology like the Pitch F/X system that tracks the location of every pitch thrown in a game, fans have started wondering when the umpire might get put out to pasture or at least get some assistance from this system that has been installed in all 30 major league stadiums.
MLB might be an organization extremely resistant to change, but…