The traditional baseball game of baseball received an important revision this week, as a professional league made history by introducing "robot" referees into the diamond.
The Atlantic Professional Baseball League, an eight-team league with clubs on the East Coast and a unique team from Texas, presented the concept during their All-Star game on Wednesday.
Although technology is being touted as a robot umpire, the concept does not imply a robot at all, York Daily Record reports. The system includes TrackMan software, which uses a radar system to determine balls and hits. For the call to reach the field level, the referee behind the board carries an iPhone connected to his own wireless network and uses a wireless headset so he can hear what TrackMan calls each tone.
According to the Record, TrackMan measures the height of each batter and develops an attack zone based on that information. The launches are also tracked with a Doppler radar screen that mounts on the motherboard.
Pitch Mitch Atkins, who plays for the York Revolution, the team that organized the All-Star Game, was the first to face the new technology.
"Some of the launches they call strikes (now) do not look like strikes, it looks like a ball and TrackMan calls it a strike, it's just different, every throw that I launched (in the high zone of the strike) has been an All my career, Since I was 6 until now, it's different to see them called to strike, "Atkins said. Record.
"I like the human referee, but I've been playing a lot of time, I'm from the old school."
The Atlantic League plans to use the system in the later half of its 140-game season, an implementation that is part of an agreement with the Major League Baseball, The Washington Post He said.
The experiment is a three-year agreement that includes TrackMan, increases the size of the bases of tradition 15 by 15 to 18 by 18, prohibits visits to mounds and a minimum of three batters for pitchers entering a game, among other rules. In an exchange for changes in the rules, the MLB agreed to seek more players from the Atlantic League and provide a better exploration team, the Submit He said.
"I've seen it coming, it's inevitable, the game is changing, baseball needs to accelerate to keep up with the world, and if you want to be aware of this, you have to keep up, the game is bigger than you. great than any player, "Atlantic League referee Derek Moccia said. Submit.
The objective of using the TrackMan software is ideal for eliminating arguments about balls and punches. However the Record said Brian deBrauwere, the referee behind the plate during the All-Star Game on Tuesday, had to return to pitches when the software did not work during a half-inning.
The referees will remain responsible for making other calls on the field, including advice on fouls, changes of position and plays on the plate.
"We want to do well, so if this helps the game and the refereeing of the game, that's why we are here," DeBrauwere told Record. "Yes, it takes something from the referee's hands, but it puts an additional focus on other things that we are responsible for, every other decision we have to make now will be magnified, every check change, every error, every error or now it will be even more important ".
When the agreement between the two leagues ends, it is possible that the MLB could institute some or all of the changes in the league teams. However, it is unknown what would be the parameters to make those decisions.
DeBrauwere and others told the Registry that TrackMan tends to create a higher attack area than the referees would call it and that the players are used to it, while they also regularly remove the outer corners and call those throwing balls.
"If you ask a baseball purist, they will hate it," DeBrauwere told the newspaper. "They love that the manager comes out of the dugout and yells at the home plate umpire, they love the hitter telling the umpire that he made a mistake after he struck out, this system will completely change that."