Re: Neyer: Computers calling Balls and Strikes!
Originally Posted by RFS62
If they hadn't already implemented Questec I'd agree with you.
That shows me two things. One, they recognize they have a big problem with umpire inconsistency and inaccuracy which affects games and the quality of the product on the field.
Two, technology exists already which can identify the umpires who are least capable.
If they didn't believe in it, why would they even consider Questec?
And if they weren't willing to move past their old school prejudices, why would they be using it now?
Three, there was a decaying relationship between the umpires and MLB over umpire pay and other union demands. IMO Questec was a response utilized to acquire evidence to beat the umpires down with (and it worked). As with all other things in this game, I believe that money was the motivating factor and not some desire for a better game. The fact that most of the umpires that got canned during this time deserved it is really just a fortunate by-product IMO.
I'm not sure I make the connection that existence of Questec is an indication of a willingness to use technology to improve the game as much as it was to improve profits. IMO the described system will only come into play if there is some evidence that there will be a return on investment that makes it worth investing. I guess a lifetime of watching the money battles play out publicly and take precedence over everything from the the integrity of a season and its World Series to long term player health has made me cynical that way.
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Last edited by mth123; 09-12-2007 at 10:47 PM.