As MLB’s ‘robo-ump’ experiment unfolds, Atlantic League feeling the benefit – and downside – of an automated strike zone


“And TrackMan certainly has its quirks. For one, do not lie to TrackMan.

Blackstone found this out the hard way. Since he has not played affiliated ball, the 25-year-old shortstop had no previous data – such as height or batting stance – in the TrackMan system. Like many athletes of a certain height, Blackstone gifted himself an extra inch in submitting his player information, because who wouldn’t prefer a 6-foot shortstop over a 5-11 shortstop?”


Atlantic League to debut robot umpires

  • “On Wednesday, during the league’s All-Star Game in York, Pennsylvania, robots will call balls and strikes for the first time in a professional game, according to The Washington Post. 
  • Sports data firm Trackman created the system and Major League Baseball provides it.”

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