When it comes to baseball, everyone loves to hate the umpires.
But getting rid of them? Now that seems a bit extreme don’t you think?
Well don’t look now, because that is exactly what could be happening to professional baseball very soon.
Without a doubt, Minor League Baseball is a cornerstone of American culture.
You get to enjoy the fun of professional baseball without the expensive ticket, crazy traffic, and (now more than ever) dangerous crime infested big cities.
Everyone knows ballparks are seldom on the good side of town.
Anyway, for true baseball lovers, minor league ball is where it is at.
And these minor league clubs are vital to their major league counterparts.
Nearly every big shot baseball player you see on the TV or at the big game came from the minors at some point.
Also, the minor leagues are where new ideas and rule changes are often tested.
But it appears as if AAA baseball, the highest level of minor league baseball, is looking to try something so radical that it is causing intense debate amongst baseball lovers.
Yes, you read that correctly.
AAA baseball has announced that computers will be calling balls and strikes this coming baseball season, which is only months away.
This has caused a major debate to erupt amongst faithful baseball fans.
Should these sorts of calls be made by a human? Or is computer guided precision more important?
So far, it appears as if most baseball fans are tilting towards having humans make these sorts of calls.
After all, what is the point of refs at all if you are going to replace one of their primary jobs?
Granted, part of the reason for this change was a lack of umpires needed to fill these roles.
Yep . . . an umpire shortage.
Just when you thought life could not get any worse in Joe Biden’s America.
Let’s Go Brandon!
In fact, some single A ball clubs have tested these robot umpires already due to these labor shortages and they claim they worked just fine.
If it does work, it could only be a matter of time before every play call in every major sport will be run by computers linked to the front offices of professional leagues.
Welcome to the future folks.
So the next time you think an umpire misses a strike call at your local AAA game, you will not have a person to blame.
Sadly, “Kill the robot!” just doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.