Originally Posted by westofyou
Will the strike zone be fluid in its adjustment based on the a players stance from :
Game to game
Bat to bat
Pitch to pitch
Is it a three dimensional box that is recalibrated consistently or set in stone
Can the functionality of the box be protested by a player or team, what occurs if it becomes askew during a game can it be changed back? Will it be tweaked/checked inning to inning
If the integrity of the strike zone is given to a computer the myriad of processes that enable the computer to function in a manner that is superior to an umpire will also have to be enabled, tested and piloted in a less visual league before hitting MLB
It's as Roy said both the devil, and details.
I bring this up every time a balls and strikes ump thread comes up.
Right now there exists the technology to accurately call whether or not a pitched ball crosses over home plate nearly every time. If we just instituted that, and let the umps only call whether or not the pitch was the right height for that batter, we could probably get the overall accuracy of called pitches to 99%. Umps make the final call, but with the aid of technology.
For all the reasons you raised and more, I don't see a complete replacement of umps with technology. However, adding technology to assist the umps seems like a wise move with very little downside.