Brian Hayes, the starting third baseman for Bae Ji-hwan’s team,토토사이트 the Pittsburgh Pirates, publicly expressed his dissatisfaction with the umpires’ strike zone decisions.
After the away game against the Atlanta Braves on the 11th (Korean time), Hayes posted a message along with the broadcast screen on his
The scene he uploaded was one in which a strike was declared as a strike after a ball that went wide outside during a 3-1 count.
In a 3-1 count, the referee’s strike zone is often applied leniently, and this is one example.
He said, “Some referees don’t seem to care at all. He expressed his disappointment, saying, “The ball wasn’t even close to the strike zone in a 3-1 count.”
He continued, “After the game ended, as I was leaving the field, I asked the umpire about this scene, and the umpire shrugged his shoulders and said, ‘Didn’t you give me a chance to hit a home run?’ That means you don’t care at all. “There is no sense of responsibility,” he said, criticizing the referees for their irresponsible response.
He urged change, saying, “Major League, please introduce ABS (automatic strike zone system, a.k.a. robot umpire).”
Hayes appeared as designated hitter 3 times in this game and recorded 1 hit and 1 strikeout in 4 at-bats. He has a season batting average of 0.267.
ABS, also known as a robot referee, is currently being tested in the minor leagues. A pitch tracking program is used to determine whether a ball is a strike, and it is operated in two ways: one is to leave the entire decision to the program, and the other is to refer to it only when a pitcher or batter requests a reading.
Its introduction in the major leagues has not yet been confirmed. First of all, it is highly likely that it will not be introduced in the 2024 season.
It is known that if this system is introduced, catcher framing will virtually disappear, and the backlash against it will be significant.
However, as can be seen from Hayes’ remarks, the voices in the field wanting to introduce the system have grown to a level that cannot be ignored. It seems difficult for the Major League to ignore this voice.