How computers are taking over baseball

How computers are taking over baseball

Major League Baseball fans are freaking out over the idea of computer umpires in baseball. But in a partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball is already using Trackman technology to electronically call balls and strikes. And if things continue to progress, we could see computerized strike zones in the Majors within a few years.

Jeff Bakalar got to check out Trackman in action, and face an 80MPH fastball in the process.

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46 Comments

  1. PSquared1234 on September 12, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    If Trackman will call the high strike — which MLB has been unable to force (human) umpires to call — then I’m all for it. Warts & all.



  2. Kowyn on September 12, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    It was very kind of Jeff to take it easy on the pitcher.



  3. Evan Valensky on September 12, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    But how do I watch this on cnet through a slideshow?!



  4. Rudie Obias on September 12, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    It’s better to get call right than factor in human emotions or error. I say there should be more technology in sports, not less.



  5. d0Bored0b on September 12, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    I’m freaking out in a good way. Umpires can still stand there and pretend to call balls and strikes but at this point they honestly deserve to go the way of the do-do bird. Some people love the drama they bring but umpires, especially home plate umpires, are power tripping fools and horribly inconsistent. They also get paid way too much to do what they do.



  6. Trelution on September 12, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Bakalar! Good stuff, I wanna hear more from Sparky.



  7. MickDog on September 12, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    0:35 lol This must be the moment Jeff mentioned in the Beastcast where he almost nailed a woman with a foul ball.



  8. Rioraku on September 12, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    One step closer to Blernsball



  9. richard lopez on September 12, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    So hackers will be calling balls and strikes soon…



  10. D Jaquith on September 12, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Drama makes for good TV .. this eliminates it.



  11. Mobile Tech Point on September 12, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Laptops are taking over football 🙌🙌🙌



  12. Ludwig Ludwig on September 12, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Can you calculate who wins the last human match?



  13. Enter Tain on September 12, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Give some extra cash and makeem say strike



  14. Vedraj r.m on September 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Cricket had it for years



  15. PA -Mail on September 12, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    "Baseball, the most exciting five hours in all of sports".
    – David Letterman.



  16. Nick H on September 12, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    This is the best thing baseball could do. When MLB implements this, I may just start watching baseball again.



  17. Christina Pittsley on September 12, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    I can’t wait!



  18. Kenneth Gorman on September 12, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I have the ball he hit.



  19. Cnick946 on September 12, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Been excited for this one, Jeff. Thanks!



  20. foxroano9t on September 12, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Jeff the man is here! Great Video! Interesting to know the future of Baseball lol Peter Gabriel



  21. hughJ on September 12, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    They agreed to do press to advertise the tech, but didn’t want to show the software or demonstrate it?



  22. orijimi on September 12, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    More of this, CNET. More Bakalar.



  23. MissouriMatt54 on September 12, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Jeff, Thank you for the video.



  24. Chris Johnson on September 12, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Maybe they should let the announcers and colormen call balls and strikes because the TV viewer sees the zone in real-time.



  25. Geek Ranch on September 12, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Great vid Bakalar.



  26. Corey Shaughnessy on September 12, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Yeah but when are they going to have a hockey robot?



  27. Saint Anthony Of The Desert Media Co. on September 12, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I would have shared this. The language made it a no go.



  28. Wayne Dejnak on September 12, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Great to see Sparky Lyle again! Always enjoyed watching him pitch even though I was a Red Sox fan. Take care Sparky! 🙂



  29. Jeff Bakalar on September 12, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Follow up: The best baseball movie is A League of Their Own



  30. Manoleteje-jscoby on September 12, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Will batters change their stance to compensate? Or the umpires could override.



  31. Nekminute on September 12, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    silly sport



  32. Antoni Wójcik on September 12, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Third



  33. New Independence Network on September 12, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    If you’re going to interview Sparky Lyle about his pitching….don’t you think it would be a good idea to study a little bit of film on him and at least know about him yourself instead of saying, "You threw a good slider…..so I’ve heard."
    C’mon guys. The internet is your friend. Take a few minutes and do some research.



  34. Wladislav on September 12, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Video ref is inevitable but this definitely doesn’t look ready for prime time just yet.



  35. Tech Guy on September 12, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    The sooner we can ACTUALLY GET AI CALLING BALLS AND STRIKES IN MLB THE BETTER

    I AM LITERALLY SICK OF ONE BALL THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED A STRIKE OFF THE OUTER EDGE OF THE STRIKE ZONE GIVING UP AN EXTRA BASE HIT OR A HOME RUN OR A MILTI RUN HOME RUN ON THE NEXT PITCH



  36. Mike Maciaszek on September 12, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Wow Jeff wasn’t lying on the Beastcast, he really is at peak male physical performance!



  37. Eric Hollaway on September 12, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    I really hope they don’t use this thing because it will ruin baseball. Part of the game is the umpire calling things as they see fit sometimes. The whole idea of baseball has so much surrounding it than just standard rules. There are friendships and rivals with both players and umpires. You put this crap in the game you remove a significant portion of why it’s America’s favorite past time. It doesn’t need to be slaughtered with technology. This would ruin the classic game.



  38. Freid Rick on September 12, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    looking like a wax figure in that thumbnail



  39. David Parker on September 12, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I think having the umpire relay the call through the earpiece will go away quickly, but I’m having a hard time imagining how it will happen. A Siri-like voice announcing each pitch automatically over the PA might be amusing though. Really, I’m all for the robo ump but it’ll probably mean the end of an era when umpires like Dutch Rennert could add their own theatrical touch to the called third strike. That’ll be sad.



  40. mrsmi1ey on September 12, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    I couldn’t care less about baseball, but this was actually really interesting. Well done all around!



  41. Yas on September 12, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    great job, Jeff!



  42. Anthony Ronda on September 12, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Jeff, great video! You should link up with Michael Lewis. His podcast Against the Rules, especially his first episode, is a must listen. It’s mostly the same topic and honestly what makes this so interesting is none of these guys are the high paid star players. Lewis’s theory is that this will create the most friction with star players, and then their coaches, and then their fans. This video may be a time capsule into how sentiment evolves for the technology because if Lewis is correct, a lot of people will HATE this only after it hits the Majors and affects star pitcher and star batter stats.



  43. Jeremy cangemi on September 12, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Great video man…. keep it up …quality stuff



  44. Vaithy M on September 12, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Hey CNET



  45. BRIGHTY PRODUCTION on September 12, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Someday we might watch baseball game with robot playing. Would it be exciting?



  46. TaunTom on September 12, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Nobody wants computers taking over a human game, but batters and managers complaining over every pitch is ridiculous.