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March 12, 2019 | by: Terry Parker

TrackMan SchmackMan

Computers will be used for ball/strike calls starting April 25 in the independent Atlantic League, where the distance between home and first will be shortened by 3 inches. The ground between the mound and home plate will lengthen by 2 feet for the second half of the season beginning July 12. The 60-foot-6-inch distance between the front of the pitching rubber and the back point of home plate has been standard since 1893, but Major League Baseball reached a three-year deal to experiment in the Atlantic League, an eight-team circuit that occasionally produces big leaguers. Infield defensive shifts will be limited. Pitchers there will have to get used to 62 feet, 2 inches this summer. Plate umpires will wear earpieces and be informed of ball/strike calls by a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. Umps will have the ability to override the computer, which considers a pitch a strike when the ball bounces and then crosses the zone. TrackMan also does not evaluate check swings.

Source: https://apnews.com/8768b1c550714f16bd4c3b9565175a7d?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP_Sports&utm_source=Twitter&fbclid=IwAR2HYDjCoWqaVqVlgCwAdhA56RePaLUxU1ATSXUYqYLuAvgDhdgLdd1z5kA