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…

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