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View Poll Results: Robo Balls and Strikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRCW View Post
    Technology always screws up at some point. It quits working, shuts down, has delays.
    So let's never advance technology. One of the worst arguments I hear all the time. It's like saying you shouldn't buy a new car because there's more technology to go wrong. Even if it's safer, more comfortable, and easier to use. If it speeds up the game and makes it better the majority of the time, I can handle a few glitches every now and then. And remember, umps can get injured, sick, have bad days and screw things up just as easily, and likely more often than an ocassional computer glitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjs4470 View Post
    So let's never advance technology. One of the worst arguments I hear all the time. It's like saying you shouldn't buy a new car because there's more technology to go wrong. Even if it's safer, more comfortable, and easier to use. If it speeds up the game and makes it better the majority of the time, I can handle a few glitches every now and then. And remember, umps can get injured, sick, have bad days and screw things up just as easily, and likely more often than an ocassional computer glitch.

    I'm still not convinced it's always a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    I say you need to join up with plantman at Aunt Fancy's Looney Farm and call balls and strikes there.
    Ouch ... that is the ultimate insult. Seriously. Please don't ever go down this path again.

    I will take solace in the poll results and the posters here who think robo strikes/balls is a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRCW View Post
    I'm still not convinced it's always a good thing.
    If you don't evolve, you get left behind. Standardizing the strike zone through a robo ump fixes biggest complaint players and coaches have about the game. I just don't see how that's a bad thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjs4470 View Post
    If you don't evolve, you get left behind. I just don't see how that's a bad thing.
    I'm sure people said the same thing about the credit card years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRCW View Post
    I'm still not convinced it's always a good thing.
    It's not.

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    The kind of things you people are suggesting will ruin the game that we love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    The kind of things you people are suggesting will ruin the game that we love.
    It just seems strange. The number one complaint fans have is balls and strikes. Can't go to a game without hearing lots people yelling at the ump about the strike zone. But yet, no one wants to implement technology that can get rid of the problem spend so much time griping about.

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    Anyone interested in standardizing the strike zone without regard to player dimensions (hollow of the knee to the letters when swinging)? For example, at the MLB level the bottom of the zone is 18" above the plate and top is 42" above the plate. Width of home plate is obviously 17"

    If you want a consistent zone, make it the same for everyone. The NBA hoop is 18" in diameter and 10' above the floor regardless of how tall you are. The NFL sidelines are the same distance for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpa2825 View Post
    Anyone interested in standardizing the strike zone without regard to player dimensions (hollow of the knee to the letters when swinging)? For example, at the MLB level the bottom of the zone is 18" above the plate and top is 42" above the plate. Width of home plate is obviously 17"

    If you want a consistent zone, make it the same for everyone. The NBA hoop is 18" in diameter and 10' above the floor regardless of how tall you are. The NFL sidelines are the same distance for everyone.
    Fundamentally changes the game and makes some guys either impossible to pitch to or very easy to pitch. It kills tall guys because low and away becomes unreacahble. And it makes it easier for short guys because it takes the low pitch away. You can't really compare the strike zone with the standardized dimensions you referred to as it would be impossible to change those dimensions on the fly due to player size. And those dimensions really don't affect the difficulty of the game. Plenty of short guys that can shoot the lights out in basement all, and plenty of tall guys that can't shoot at all.

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