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MLB to use 'robot umpires' in spring training

Field Level Media
23 Jan 2020, 03:55 GMT+10

The robots are coming -- to spring training.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Wednesday that a computerized camera system will be used to call balls and strikes this spring.

It will be "more accurate than a human being standing there," he said in an interview with Fox Business Network.

MLB began experimenting with the computerized strike zone last season in the independent Atlantic League and the Arizona Fall League.

Plate umpires, equipped with earpieces, crouched behind home plate and signaled the ball or strike calls as determined by a camera system.

Manfred said the so-called "robot umpires" also will be used in some minor leagues this season.

"We believe over the long haul it's going to be more accurate," Manfred said, per ESPN. "It will reduce controversy in the game and be good for the game."

Spring training games in the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues get underway in late February.

--Field Level Media

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