Re: Neyer: Computers calling Balls and Strikes!
Originally Posted by RedsManRick
Bottom line is that the only reason umps/refs exist is to enforce the rules of the game. They are not the game itself. If you can improve the accuracy and consistency with which the rules are enforced, without otherwise negatively affecting the game, then by all means do it.
I don't go to the game for the sake of the pagentry of watching slightly overweight middle-aged men in black/blue suits and black hats. Maybe it's a nice, cute peripheral detail. But it's not essential to the game.
Certainly the league will need to have its ducks in a row before instituting this. The technology has to be significantly more accurate than the human eye, or this will get roundly criticized. But if this is done correctly, it will be a great thing. The better team will win more often if umpires screw things up less often.
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids