Robot Umpires Debut In Atlantic League

Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, huddles with officials while wearing an earpiece connected to a ball and strikes calling system prior to the start of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Could baseball umps get added to the list of jobs that will become obsolete thanks to automation? The future is apparently now as “robot umpires” had their debut.
The independent Atlantic league let computers tally the balls and strikes at their All-Star Game on Wednesday night, with plate umpire Brian deBrauwere overseeing from behind the catcher.
deBrauwere, who listened via an iPhone connected earpiece, still signaled the calls, as the system isn’t foolproof just yet.
Once ready to go, the radar-tracking technology will be rolled out across the league over the next few weeks, says President Rick White.
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