Originally Posted by REDREAD
Not arguing your point, but I wonder if computers called a consistent strike zone, if the swinging percentage would go down. I'm guessing it would. (Let's assume the perfect computer system existed).
One reason that some hitters expand the zone on two strikes is because they don't want to risk an ump calling a borderline pitch a strike. Not making a judgement either way but some umps definitely have this attitude of "with 2 strikes, you better swing if it's close".
Well, if anything, the umpires have already conformed to the technology. Prior to 10 years ago, they weren't calling the high strike and were calling corners (for some pitchers) pretty regularly.
But once QuesTech got put in, and eventually Pitch F/X, the umpires have started calling the prescribed strike zones more often because they're being graded. I think it's helped the game a lot because of the accountability. I even maintain part of the rise in strikeouts is because of the zones being called more along the lines of the rule book. Heck, ESPN went back last year and looked at the 2011 playoffs and found something like a 99% accuracy rate of called strikes/balls from umpires. I guess my overall point is that most of them are doing a pretty good job and they are more or less just as accurate as the technology, at least as is currently implemented.