Before long, MLB may be shifting to robot umpires, or at the very least, the electronic strike zone that has been discussed by MLB and the MLBPA over the years.
Umpires deserve respect for the job they do around baseball, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem occurring in the game today.
A lot of umpires seem to be struggling to make accurate calls, especially balls and strikes.
One of those umpires is CB Bucknor, who was behind the plate for the series opener between the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Bucknor rung Phillies slugger Nick Castellanos up on a pitch that missed inside by just over four inches.
— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) April 26, 2022
This video is proof enough that there is a problem with umpires missing strike calls.
There are plenty of memes out there that illustrate the umpire problem, but it’s a problem that we’re seeing more and more of today in the game of baseball.
Sometimes, it seems as if umpires get caught up in the moment and forget that nobody came to watch them, but rather the players on the field.
That isn’t true with every umpire, but looking at how some umpires are missing some really obvious strike calls is proof enough of what is happening right now.
There is no way that the pitch to Castellanos in the video above is a strike.
That backed him off the plate and came somewhat close to hitting him.
That pitch is quite clearly a ball and there is no way to convince anybody otherwise.
Sooner or later, we might see the electronic strike zone be implemented in baseball.