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In this week’s Reacts survey, we’re asking Brewers fans if they’d like to see MLB institute an automated ball-strike system to take out the human element of baseball umpires.
This question is especially relevant this week after the Brewers dealt with several questionable calls behind the plate from Scott Barry in Monday’s 3-0 loss to the Diamondbacks. While we’ll never know if Barry’s calls had an impact on the final score, we can look to Umpire Scorecards for report card on the game.
Umpire: Scott Barry— Umpire Scorecards (@UmpScorecards) April 11, 2023
Final: Brewers 0, D-backs 3#ThisIsMyCrew // #Dbacks#MILvsAZ // #AZvsMIL
More stats for this game https://t.co/YumiDiPycz pic.twitter.com/Uz270EgwSx
Not ideal, to say the least. Barry missed back-to-back ball four calls to Brian Anderson with a runner on first with no outs in the top of the second, resulting in a called strike three rather than runners at first and second with no outs. Barry also called Joey Wiemer on a called strike three in the top of the sixth.
While Barry’s umpiring didn’t result in any ejections, the moving strike zone brings to mind Angel Hernandez’s umpiring in the Brewers 1-0 victory over the Phillies on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball last season, when Kyle Schwarber was ejected in the ninth after a game filled with bad calls.
Kyle Schwarber had enough of Angel Hernandez' calls at the plate tonight pic.twitter.com/kAaIWM1Hvi— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) April 25, 2022
Umpire: Angel Hernandez— Umpire Scorecards (@UmpScorecards) April 25, 2022
Final: Brewers 1, Phillies 0#ThisIsMyCrew // #RingTheBell#MILvsPHI // #PHIvsMIL pic.twitter.com/x38zUGrU5E
So what’s your opinion on an automated strike zone? Is it time for Rob Manfred to make another change to Major League Baseball? Weigh in in our poll below and stay tuned for results later this week.