Re: MLB considering instant replay for everything (except balls & strikes)
Originally Posted by Brutus
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.
That's a good point about as well, about how QuesTech has made the zone more uniform than in the past.
If they are calling it 99% right, it probably wouldn't make a difference.
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