Dump the ump  OCT 09 2009

Joe Sheehan at Baseball Prospectus: use pitch tracking technology to call strikes in pro baseball games.

If a breaking ball crosses the plate at a point between a batter's knees and the midpoint between his shoulders and pants, it's a strike, no matter what the anachronism behind the plate thinks he sees. In eighteendicketysix, a human being was state-of-the-art technology for making these decisions. Now, you can get better information -- we do get better information -- by using better technology. Championships should be decided by the players and by what actually happened, not by what somebody thinks happened.

Heh. Dickety. (via david)

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