I read a week or two ago that automated balls and strikes were going to be used in some spring training games this year. Does anybody know if and when this will be implemented?
One of my pet peeves in baseball has always been the umpires taking creative license with the strike zone. A strike is a strike, period. There should be no “narrow” or “wide” zone depending on the whims of home plate ump. The technology is there and should be used.
Some of the umps are arrogant jerks (I’m looking at you, Joe West). The arbitrary strike zone is an ego trip. Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were great pitchers, but I got really sick of their strike zone being three inches wider than anyone else’s.