Robot umpires are something that has been discussed recently between MLB and the MLBPA.
It’s something that is being strongly considered as a result of inaccurate calls by current umpires.
The electronic strike zone is seen as a means to potentially speed up the game, as it would cut down on pitchers arguing with umpires.
Many people are in favor of this potential change and believe it could be good for the game of baseball and its future.
Bryce Harper, however, is not one of those people.
The Philadelphia Phillies slugger doesn’t want to change things too much, citing that he still enjoys the human element of the game.
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It’s understandable as to why Harper feels this way.
There is something intricate and special about how the game is played today.
The human element is a big part of what the game is, so it makes sense as to why Harper wouldn’t want to change that.
At the same time, baseball is a sport that seems to be behind the times in a lot of aspects.
The game is much slower than it used to be.
Technology is likely needed in order for the game to speed up a bit and become a little more exciting.
But there will always be two sides of the debate.
So-called “purists” will say that the game shouldn’t change too much because of that intricate feeling that comes with it, while others will cite change as a good thing.
Ultimately, there needs to be a middle-ground.
This solution should be one that pleases the purists and keeps that old school vibe around, but also one that pleases others and gives the game a chance to evolve.