Re: Digging Deep into Plate Discipline and Unlocking a Secret to Hitting
Originally Posted by TeamBoone
Isn't the size of the strike zone dependent on the height/stance of the batter?
What am I missing?
BTW, that was a great post. Tried to rep you but says I have to spread it around. The other day I tried giving rep points to someone I hadn't repped since early November! Maybe there should be a time limit built into this system as well.
Thanks, TB. The strike zone is dependent on the height of the batter so those numbers probably resemble an average zone, not the zone for every hitter.
Here's some interesting tidbits on how QuestTec ops determine the height of the zone ...
The QuesTec system doesn't know whether a pitch is a ball or a strike until after the game. It uses the fixed dimensions of home plate to determine whether a pitch is inside or outside, but determining whether a ball high or low is a bit more involved and requires the operator to supply the system with some crucial information. At the end of the game, the operator uses images of each batter in his stance—taken when the first pitch to each batter is approximately halfway to home plate—to assist the system in determining individual strike zones. With a few mouse clicks, the operator manually sets electronic lines indicating the bottom and the middle of the strike zone at the hollow of the batter's back knee and belt, respectively. The system then automatically calculates the top of the strike zone, marking a third electronic line at a distance of two-and-half baseballs above the batter's belt. The system calls any ball a strike if the ball passes over the plate within these vertical limits, and if the batter doesn't swing at it or hit it or the catcher doesn't drop it.
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