My guess is that within five years balls and strikes will be an automated function. But in the mean time, why don't players wise the heck up and stop expecting the impossible: the plate umpire calling them according to the rule book. It cannot be done.
Ump is always right ... unless the play can be reviewed. Never complain. Adapt to the ump. Wednesday, August 12, 2015
... coaches/managers complaining about officiating ... puts the idea in the heads of the players that the official is the problem ...
Learn the ump's strike zone
That's pretty basic stuff, which we had all thought was understood for many years. However, players today, both batters and pitchers, don't seem any more reconciled than their predecessors. Why the heck not?
We now know just how wrong the plate umpire is and how often. But the task of calling balls and strikes is impossible and this will not be improved until it is automated, which is inevitable. The Major Baseball League (MBL), as with so many replays of other calls, cannot continue to have its umpires repeatedly shown to be incorrect. Eventually, the league will be shamed into correcting this.
I've been on this for six years. Lately the MLB Network is addressing it but from the perspective of automation. I'd prefer my original suggestion of a non tech solution repeated below but something's got to give.
Imaginary strike zone. Saturday, August 8, 2009
There are no physical limits to the strike zone. It is an imaginary three dimensional area hovering above ground. To make it even more elusive, it's size varies with each batter...
Pretty stupid. Especially when its' totally unnecessary. Just place an object behind home plate as a target and judge whether or not a pitch has hit it. Jeez, is that so complicated? Try an archery bull's eye on a tripod. Aside from being a fool proof strike zone, it allows those two most pathetic human beings, the catcher and plate umpire, to move out of harm's way and go someplace in fair territory...
So why does baseball have this most odd and primitive feature at the center of the game? Because it is ancient! Baseball officials and fans refuse to transform it while America's former national pastime slides into irrelevance.