09 July 2009: Ryan Lormand of the San Jose Giants is tagged out at home while attempting to score on a fly ball by High Desert Mavericks catcher Travis Scott in the third inning of an MiLB baseball game between the High Desert Mavericks and San Jose Giants at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, CA. (Photo by Chris Talley/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)

Robot Umpires Will Be “Implemented Gradually” In Baseball This Season

A lot of jobs are in danger of being lost to automation and computers, and now baseball umpires are being put on notice.

Major League Baseball will be experimenting with radar-tracking technology to call balls and strikes in some portions of the Minor Leagues.  There’s no start date, but it’ll be “implemented gradually” over the course of the 2019 season.

For now, the umps will still be in place at the games.  They’ll wear earpieces to receive the results of the computer’s call . . . but they will be able to override it.  The robot also won’t be able to evaluate check swings.

This could be a good thing.

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