Why Isn't There An Automated Strike Zone In MLB?

Let's eliminate these horribly called games

Matt Koll
August 15, 2018 - 10:55 am
Josh Harrison and umpire Joe West

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- The Fan Morning Show with Colin Dunlap and Jim Colony had reached the point to where they would consider an automated strike zone in Major League Baseball before last night's game between the Pirates and Twins. 

After Joe West's "stellar" performance, they're all in. 

Joe West has been a full-time umpire in MLB since 1978 and the guys say that he was terrible then and he might even be worse now. Colin said that West believes people come to see him umpire and thinks way too highly of himself. Jim thinks that an umpire should improve as their career goes on, as they get a better handle of the strike zone and log more hours on the job in general. But with Joe West, he's gotten worse. 

Last night was just a total disaster. To top it off, if you are hostile toward him as a player or manager, he tends to be vindictive and makes you regret you ever spoke out against him. It only makes things worse. 

Colin wonders why an automated strike zone hasn't been implemented across baseball yet. If there is a possibility that we can get all calls right and eliminate some of the injustices in the game, why not go for that?

Jim has some reservations as he doesn't necessarily like the idea of the human element, the changing of zones from ump to ump, the "taking care" of veteran players with adjusted calls based on merit, going away.

But if it's to eliminate the nonsense we saw last night? Let's do it. 

Are you for it or against it? 

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