MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Says Robot Umps Likely Coming By 2024

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 28, 2015: Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, is interviewed by legendary journalist Marvin Kalb at the National Press Club in Washington, DC

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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred revealed the league could be undergoing a major change in the next couple of years.

During an interview with ESPN, Manfred said that Major League Baseball will likely switch from human umps to an automated strike zone by 2024. The system is currently being tested in the minor leagues and has impressed MLB officials.

“We have an automated strike zone system that works,” Manfred said.

From the report:

One possibility is for the automated system to call every pitch and transmit the balls and strikes to a home plate umpire via an ear piece. Another option is a replay review system of balls and strikes with each manager getting several challenges a game. The system is being tested in the minor leagues and has shaved nine additional minutes off the average game length this season, MLB data shows.

It is unfortunate that we won’t get to see players arguing with human umps behind the plate, but seeing a player argue with a robot could prove to be equally as entertaining. Either way, shorter games are definitely positive.

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