Soon a computer to judge balls and catch in the Majors?

Bientôt un ordinateur pour juger des balles et des prises dans les Majeures?

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Computers will be used to call balls and made effective on April 28, in the League of the Atlantic.

Are you ready to catch are called by robots ?

Computers will be used to call balls and made effective on April 28, in the League of the Atlantic, where the distance between the marble and the first cushion will be shortened by three inches. The distance between the marble and the plate of the caster will also be increased from 24 inches in the second half of the season.

The distance of 60 feet 6 inches between the front plate and the back corner of the marble has remained the same since 1893, but Baseball has signed a three-year contract with the league of independent in order to perform some tests on rules.

Thus, in the circuit of eight clubs that occasionally produces players of the Major, the defensive special will be limited and the launchers will be used to launch two feet away.

Last word of the referee

The referees in the marble are to be equipped with a headset and will be informed of the sockets and balls by the computer system TrackMan, which uses radar Doppler.

The arbitrators will, however, have the last word, since the system does not make a distinction in the case of a run touching the ground, and then passing in the area taken. TrackMan is not in a position to call shots on elk selected.

“The beauty of baseball is that it is not perfect. You have to hit a round ball through a cylinder at a specific point, and you must avoid all the people placed in front of you to block the ball hit, said Joe West, who worked his first game in the Majors in 1976. It is a sport typically american : it is always the fault of someone else when people are losing, and usually, it is the fault of the referees. “

The MLB has assessed its officials since it uses the system QuesTec since 2001. The referees had strongly criticized the system, which they considered wrong. At the end of the program QuesTec, in 2008, it was used in eleven stages.

The evaluation from 2009 to 2016 has been made with the aid of PitchF/X, the result of a partnership between MLB Advanced Media and Sportvision. TrackMan has been added to PitchF/X in 2016, and is the only system used to evaluate officials from 2017.


West, who has officiated in more than 5000 meetings and is expected to beat the mark of Bill Klem in 2020, has indicated that the test of 2016 was far from perfect.

“He missed 500 shots in April, he pointed out. And when I say that he missed 500 shots, I do not say that he has not called in the proper way. I say that he has not called, point. “

In addition to this computer system, the League of the Atlantic will use the goals of 18 inches instead of the goals of 15 inches which are the standard since 1877. This will have the effect of reducing the distance between the front of the marble and the front of the first goal at 87 feet 6 inches instead of 87 feet 9 inches. The distance 90 feet is calculated from the back of the marble to the rear of the cushion along the lines of the first and third.

Among the other changes being tested this season, note that :

The defensive special will have to rely on two players before-field of each side’s second goal when the throw is made. Players pre-field will no longer have the right to position themselves on the grass of the field outside ;

Each pitcher must face at least three batters or end an inning, except in the case of injury ;

The break between games will be reduced to 2 min 5 s 1 min 45 s ;

The visits to the mound by a player or a coach, will be prohibited, unless the injury or change of a pitcher.

The League teams of the Atlantic are located in Bridgewater (New Jersey), Central Islip (New York), at High Point (North Carolina), Lancaster (Pennsylvania), New Britain (Connecticut), Sugar Land (Texas), Waldorf (Maryland), and York (Pennsylvania).