Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Robotic umpires that use an automated system for determining ball and strike calls will now be used in Triple-A baseball for the 2022 season, MLB officials announced. This puts the Automated Ball and Strike (ABS) system, which has seen success after experimental adoption by some ballparks in the minor leagues, just one level below the major leagues. MLB'S SNAIL-PACED LOCKOUT TALKS TO RESUME WITH UNION OFFER MLB is currently seeking personnel to operate the system at ballparks for the Albuquerque Isotopes, Charlotte Knights, El Paso Chihuahuas, Las Vegas Aviators, Oklahoma City Dodgers, Reno Aces, Round Rock Express, Sacramento River Cats, Salt Lake Bees, Sugar Land Skeeters and Tacoma Rainiers, FOX 13 of Seattle reported.
Fans in the crowd erupted Tuesday at the Las Vegas Ballpark after a minor league umpire did not let bat dog Finn do his job. Baseball fans at the Las Vegas Ballpark joined in a chorus of boos Tuesday after a minor league umpire appeared to not let the team's bat dog do his job – collect bats. The Las Vegas Aviators, a Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, were playing the Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants when the incident occurred. And while we know cats and dogs don't get along, umpires aren't usually an issue. Finn the Bat Dog, the Aviators' baseball bat-collecting canine, was seen running to home plate to retrieve a leftover bat.
Robot umpires have been given a promotion and will be just one step from the major leagues this season. Major League Baseball is expanding its automated strike zone experiment to Triple-A, the highest level of the minor leagues. MLB's website posted a hiring notice seeking seasonal employees to operate the Automated Ball and Strike system. MLB said it is recruiting employees to operate the system for the Albuquerque Isotopes, Charlotte Knights, El Paso Chihuahuas, Las Vegas Aviators, Oklahoma City Dodgers, Reno Aces, Round Rock Express, Sacramento River Cats, Salt Lake Bees, Sugar Land Skeeters and Tacoma Rainiers. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional league to let a computer call balls and strikes at its All-Star Game in July 2019 and experimented with ABS during the second half of that season. It also was used in the Arizona Fall League for top prospects in 2019, drawing complaints of its calls on breaking balls.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Ozzie Guillen made clear Sunday he was no fan of robot umpires or automated strike zones coming to Major League Baseball. Robot umpiring was first tested in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and in the Low-A minor leagues. Triple-A minor league baseball is trying out automated strike zones for the 2022 season.
Major League Baseball will "likely" introduce an Automated Strike Zone System starting in 2024, commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN. The so-called robot umpires may call all balls and strikes then relay the information to a plate umpire, or be part of a replay review system that allows managers to challenge calls. "We have an automated strike zone system that works," Manfred said. The comments come in the wake of fan outrage over umpire's missed calls in recent games, including a brutal low strike error during a Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins tilt. Give me robo umps already," tweeted Grand Rapids ABC sports director Jamal Spencer. MLB has been experimenting with robo umps in minor league Atlantic Triple-A league since 2019.