Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred downplayed the chances of an automated hitting system being installed at the major league level ahead of next season on Thursday. according to Evan Drellich. Manfred, who held a press conference to mark the end of the meetings with the owners, said he did not see the automatic ball kick system as an issue for the competition committee to discuss this winter.
The league has experimented with automated batting, or robot referees as they are affectionately known, at various levels and for a number of years, including (to push back) the Atlantic League, baseball’s premier independent league. in the country. This season, for example, they expanded their use to Triple-A levels. However, the feasibility of using an automated ball kicking system in major tournaments has previously been questioned due to the limitations of the technology.
The Baseball Prospectus writing team wrote about the disadvantages and potential effectiveness of robot referees in January 2018.and made the following conclusion:
Even with all potential problems, there are potential solutions for them. The technology can be used to reduce the number of subjective calls made by mistake to the backup system. After all, everyone wants calls to be made quickly and correctly. However, we would never have supported a purely robotic strike zone without a referee.
The creation of the competition committee was part of a new Collective Agreement between the league and the MLB Players Association. The committee consists of four active players, six league-appointed members, and a referee. They are expected to discuss the introduction of serving clocks, defensive positioning restrictions and large bases, among other topics. Any rule approved by the committee may take effect after 45 days’ notice.