Well folks… it’s happening. No, I’m not talking about spring training baseball finally being here, I’m talking about the robot takeover.
With MLB set to start test driving robot umpires — or rather the electronic strike zone — in the Grapefruit League over the next few weeks, we asked your thoughts on the topic over on our Twitter account.
Here’s how you voted:
Do you want Robot umps in baseball?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) January 23, 2020
The majority of the more than 2,700 votes are against the idea. But let’s first look at the general feeling among those that think this a great idea:
Why wouldn’t you want every strike and ball called correctly? Every play at the plate correct too. I just don’t understand all the people voting no? Why?
— RIP GG KB (@bMOODY91) January 23, 2020
Of course, there are those (53%, the majority) who would rather not
No No No NEVER , ya cant boo a robot
— Greg Autry (@CGAGreg) January 23, 2020
How about let’s have less technology in baseball. No robot umpires, no shoulder buzzers and no center field cameras.
— Dodger Nation (@kaga2020kh) January 23, 2020
Of course, there is one thing we could all agree on…
If they replace Angel Hernandez, then yes.
— Deporable Dodger Fan (@ebteeiii) January 24, 2020
Late last season, long-time Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw spoke out against the idea with The Athletic.
How would there not be more offense? If they shrink the box and there’s no give at all, it’s going to be crazy. There’ll be more walks. And then the walks are going to slow down the pace of play. And then the games will be longer. And then the pace of game is gone. So it’s, like, what do you want? You want a fast game with more offense but not too many walks? So I mean, that’s embarrassing, honestly.
What do you think about robot umpires? Electronic strike zones? Angel Hernandez? Let us know in the comments below!