Originally Posted by registerthis
What you're describing would likely occur so infrequently as to scarcely warrant a mention. I can't imagine baseball installing a system that hadn't been tested under every conceivable condition in order to assuage the concerns of the players, managers, umpires and fans. If a little dirt or a foul tip were enough to throw the sensor off, then it has no business being used in the first place.
Well, back to my question about balls and strikes actually effecting the outcome of a game. M2 replied with one game 10 years ago. That qualifies as "occuring so infrequently as to scarely warranting a mention" to me. See, we are where we need to be already!
Kidding aside, I think the effect on the game is more cumulative than anything. Some umps have horrable strike zones that penalize both teams. Others favor the big-name player so the effect isn't a game winning run due to a bad ball being called, but it does put extra base runners on the paths, or keep them off.
Someone else mentioned it earlier but the cost of such a system will be pretty stiff. It will be an interesting hot-potato to see who ends up paying for it (although ultimatley it will be the fans, most of whom don't care about balls and strikes anyway).