Robot umpires could be coming to Major League Baseball in 2024
In today’s edition of the robots are coming for our jobs: Umpires. While there is a lot of charm to the umps at games its hard to argue that some well trained AI might not do a better job. They have already been used in the Minor Leagues so a two year timeline isn’t that radical.
There are two ways the “Automated Ball-Strike System,” which is the technical term for these robot umpires, might be implemented. One is the fully automated version, in which the AI-powered system calls every pitch a ball or a strike and relays the call to the umpire. Or the MLB could decide to use the AI as a review system, like VAR in soccer or the Hawk-Eye system used in professional tennis: each side gets a certain number of challenges, which are then adjudicated by the automated system.
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