Re: Neyer: Computers calling Balls and Strikes!
The "history" of the game excuse was made moot when the DH was introduced almost 35 years ago.
RoboUMP is a necessity. TOO much of the game rides on strike and ball counts. I hate seeing those 6 inch out of strike zone strikes when the ump has to go pee or thinks he left the oven on. Too many umps 'strike zones" expand and contract according to the situation.
(Bobby Cox's constant complaining and ejections probably buy him a better strike zone from umps who wish to avoid conflict).
Questec, however, from what I've read, is NOT an accurate measurement of the strike zone as defined in the rules. You would need some sort of "force field" type of set up, which takes into account the geometry of the plate and which can be ajusted for each
batter. Perhaps each ball could require a microchip (I'm just speculating here), to correctly track its trajectory vs. the strike zone.
In any case, if we can launch a missile to within inches of a target thousands of miles away, I don't see why we can't design a strike zone system.
For those who like the "human" element, I've got these large green sheets of ruled paper you can use instead of MS Excel (or your favorite spreadsheet program).
It's the 21st century, folks...we have the tecnology, let's use it.