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If we can't have robot umpires, at least let's give the umps Google Glass. Please? Hear me out:
Anyone who knows me knows I find baseball's absurd obsession with employing human beings to determine the 3-D location of baseballs spiraling and skittering at 80-100 mph to be utterly insane.
The decision to use umpires despite the presence of superior technology is an insult to baseball's athletes and fans. Simple as that. And as pitchers continue to improve the physics of their delivery, the problem continues to get worse. That television broadcasts show us how terrible the calls are only adds to the insult. These guys are mostly guessing.
Imagine if we used the unaided human eye to decide who won a 100 meter sprint or downhill ski race or swim race. Why is baseball different?
But, okay, okay, okay. I get it. It's part of the great tradition of baseball to have an overweight dude hunched over behind the catcher determined to do his damnedest.
So here's my compromise proposal: give the umpires Google Glass-enabled masks that show them the strike zone, augmented reality-style. Let them see the path the ball takes as it passes through or near that virtual zone. That would at least make it conceivable that they could accurately call balls and strikes.
And it would be awesome PR for Google also.