Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Bemused Batter Buzzes ABS Online

It's been a busy week of baseball, so we nearly missed Southern Maryland Blue Crabs CF Cory Vaughn of the Atlantic League taking to social media after the Automated Ball-Strike System called him back to home plate as a 3-1 pitch fooled him and the Lancaster Barnstormers broadcast.

Vaughn made the most of his brush with ABS ("Stu" as the broadcaster calls it) by sharing his experience publicly on Facebook, writing, "In case anyone wants to see how the new automated balls/strikes are going via the trackman system in the Atlantic league... watch me moonwalk back to the plate lol #alpb #robotumpire #milb #mlb #trackman."

#Weknow. Fortunately for Vaughn, his unexpected strike occurred in the top of the 1st inning, a fairly low-leverage time of the ballgame. But at some point, ABS will call such a pitch at a crucial moment, such as the bottom of the 6th inning with the bases loaded and a 3-2 count, otherwise known as the Angel Hernandez/Eloy Jimenez call on Sunday. And with a run on the line, we'll check back in to see how ABS holds up.

In other words, ABS—and its electronic QuesTec, Pitch f/x, and StatCast ancestors and brethren—have made certain unorthodox ball/strike calls the opposite of traditional baseball's expected call, which has turned up the heat on all umpires, both human and computerized.
Related PostMLB Ejection 142 - Angel Hernandez (2; Rick Renteria) (7/28/19).

Video as follows:

Alternate Link: ABS Strikes Again (because this time it didn't ball the pitch) (gb/CCS)


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