How computers are taking over baseball
How Computers Are Taking Over Baseball

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Major League Baseball fans are freaking out over the idea of computer umpires in baseball. But in a partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball is already using Trackman technology to electronically call balls and strikes. And if things continue to progress, we could see computerized strike zones in the Majors within a few years. Jeff Bakalar got to check out Trackman in action, and face an 80MPH fastball in the process. Read more on CNET.com... Meet the AI that could replace your baseball umpire: https://cnet.co/2Z830Nb Jeff Bakalar on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/jeffbakalar Subscribe to CNET: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV CNET playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV/playlists Download the new CNET app: https://cnet.app.link/GWuXq8ExzG Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cnet Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cnet Follow us on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2icCYYm

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MickDog : 0:35 lol This must be the moment Jeff mentioned in the Beastcast where he almost nailed a woman with a foul ball.

Kowyn : It was very kind of Jeff to take it easy on the pitcher.

PA -Mail : "Baseball, the most exciting five hours in all of sports". - David Letterman.

Cnick946 : Been excited for this one, Jeff. Thanks!

Mike Maciaszek : Wow Jeff wasn't lying on the Beastcast, he really is at peak male physical performance!

Wayne Dejnak : Great to see Sparky Lyle again! Always enjoyed watching him pitch even though I was a Red Sox fan. Take care Sparky! :)

Trelution : Bakalar! Good stuff, I wanna hear more from Sparky.

hughJ : They agreed to do press to advertise the tech, but didn't want to show the software or demonstrate it?

Chris Johnson : Maybe they should let the announcers and colormen call balls and strikes because the TV viewer sees the zone in real-time.

Jeremy cangemi : Great video man.... keep it up ...quality stuff

Evan Valensky : But how do I watch this on cnet through a slideshow?!

Mobile Tech Point : Laptops are taking over football 🙌🙌🙌

foxroano9t : Jeff the man is here! Great Video! Interesting to know the future of Baseball lol Peter Gabriel

D Jaquith : Drama makes for good TV .. this eliminates it.

Rudie Obias : It's better to get call right than factor in human emotions or error. I say there should be more technology in sports, not less.

PSquared1234 : If Trackman will call the high strike -- which MLB has been unable to force (human) umpires to call -- then I'm all for it. Warts & all.

Wladislav : Video ref is inevitable but this definitely doesn't look ready for prime time just yet.

mrsmi1ey : I couldn't care less about baseball, but this was actually really interesting. Well done all around!

Anthony Ronda : Jeff, great video! You should link up with Michael Lewis. His podcast Against the Rules, especially his first episode, is a must listen. It's mostly the same topic and honestly what makes this so interesting is none of these guys are the high paid star players. Lewis's theory is that this will create the most friction with star players, and then their coaches, and then their fans. This video may be a time capsule into how sentiment evolves for the technology because if Lewis is correct, a lot of people will HATE this only after it hits the Majors and affects star pitcher and star batter stats.

Vedraj r.m : Cricket had it for years

Nick H : This is the best thing baseball could do. When MLB implements this, I may just start watching baseball again.

Freid Rick : looking like a wax figure in that thumbnail

Nekminute : silly sport

Rioraku : One step closer to Blernsball

Vaithy M : Hey CNET

Ludwig Ludwig : Can you calculate who wins the last human match?

David Parker : I think having the umpire relay the call through the earpiece will go away quickly, but I’m having a hard time imagining how it will happen. A Siri-like voice announcing each pitch automatically over the PA might be amusing though. Really, I’m all for the robo ump but it’ll probably mean the end of an era when umpires like Dutch Rennert could add their own theatrical touch to the called third strike. That’ll be sad.

TaunTom : Nobody wants computers taking over a human game, but batters and managers complaining over every pitch is ridiculous.

Corey Shaughnessy : Yeah but when are they going to have a hockey robot?

Christina Pittsley : I can't wait!

Geek Ranch : Great vid Bakalar.

Eric Hollaway : I really hope they don't use this thing because it will ruin baseball. Part of the game is the umpire calling things as they see fit sometimes. The whole idea of baseball has so much surrounding it than just standard rules. There are friendships and rivals with both players and umpires. You put this crap in the game you remove a significant portion of why it's America's favorite past time. It doesn't need to be slaughtered with technology. This would ruin the classic game.

Antoni Wójcik : Third

Enter Tain : Give some extra cash and makeem say strike

BRIGHTY PRODUCTION : Someday we might watch baseball game with robot playing. Would it be exciting?

New Independence Network : If you're going to interview Sparky Lyle about his pitching....don't you think it would be a good idea to study a little bit of film on him and at least know about him yourself instead of saying, "You threw a good slider.....so I've heard." C'mon guys. The internet is your friend. Take a few minutes and do some research.

Manoleteje-jscoby : Will batters change their stance to compensate? Or the umpires could override.

d0Bored0b : I'm freaking out in a good way. Umpires can still stand there and pretend to call balls and strikes but at this point they honestly deserve to go the way of the do-do bird. Some people love the drama they bring but umpires, especially home plate umpires, are power tripping fools and horribly inconsistent. They also get paid way too much to do what they do.

richard lopez : So hackers will be calling balls and strikes soon...

Kenneth Gorman : I have the ball he hit.

Saint Anthony Of The Desert Media Co. : I would have shared this. The language made it a no go.

orijimi : More of this, CNET. More Bakalar.

Tech Guy : The sooner we can ACTUALLY GET AI CALLING BALLS AND STRIKES IN MLB THE BETTER I AM LITERALLY SICK OF ONE BALL THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED A STRIKE OFF THE OUTER EDGE OF THE STRIKE ZONE GIVING UP AN EXTRA BASE HIT OR A HOME RUN OR A MILTI RUN HOME RUN ON THE NEXT PITCH