Re: Neyer: Computers calling Balls and Strikes!
Originally Posted by RFS62
Let me tell you, all the same arguments and concerns were voiced ad infinitum when tennis first went to their system. Pretty much a carbon copy of this debate. And since they've gone all in, the technology has evolved into something incredible, far superior to the old "totally human" system.
It's a simple fact that humans can't possible judge the movement of a hurtling sphere, spinning and curving at speeds up to 100 mph, and detect it's position in space with near 100% certainty and precision.
The idea that umpires are right as much as they are is a tremendous testimony to their incredible skill and talent.
Doesn't matter. We've got a better system, and it's only going to improve. It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when the change takes place.
And just like tennis, there will be a staunch group of traditionalists who think the game will somehow be diminished by adding this technology.
They're wrong. The game will be made better. The game is what's important here, not the ego of the umpires union.
Nothing is bigger than the game. No person, no union, no group, no tradition.
The prime directive of all umpires is to get the call right. Physician, heal thyself.
Great post here and throughout this thread.
It occurred to me that before they introduce this in the major leagues, they could do a trial run at Triple A or the World Baseball classic or something. That would allow them to work out the kinks.
I'm too lazy to look it up, but I'm guessing Cyclops didn't debut at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open.
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