Re: Why we need computers calling balls and strikes
Heck, I'm not a 37 yr. old fogie, I'm a 37 yrs. in the IT industry old fart ranging from junior Fortran programmer to advanced development on a CTO's staff.
I'm sure if you talk to the MLBAM folks, they've taken much further all the stuff me and others have mentioned in here and thought much more about it. I'm sure they have ideas and maybe already have planned out the project and/or started on prototypes and POCs. They are sharp people and I'm sure there have been much discussion and lots of bar napkins with diagrams and boxes and arrows. The pieces that are in place are a darn fine start on a total system.
I think my question going into the future is would be, after a system has been developed and its been implemented with video camers and support staffs and earbuds and blinkie lights on the scoreboard and mouse clicks and star wars technology or whatever, we'll have to ask the question "is this really what we want? Is this really how we want the game of baseball to be from now on?". I think that assessment can't be made till a system is in place and, till then, it's an unanswered question.
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