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54 minutes ago, Spl51 said:

I was really hoping Kremer's fastball would be ticking up by now. Maybe he's just at the end of a long season. I just hope next year he takes a step forward.

Same, especially in shorter outings. He had a couple of starts late in the season where the velocity was good but it was down most of the season.

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https://www.mlb.com/news/major-league-baseball-tests-robot-umpires-arizona-fall-league

Yesterday, I was at the game played at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Here's what I noticed:
Slight delay by home plate umpire calling balls and strikes
Seemed that more strikes than usual were called on the following pitches:
  inside fastballs and breaking  balls; high fastballs; low breaking balls
The home plate umpire wore a device belted over his left rear hip, in a custom protective pouch (somewhere around the size of large cellphone or very small tablet)
A "civilian" attended the umpire between 1/2 innings (6th or 7th) to make an equipment change -- perhaps, a battery replacement
I was unable to spot any wires or an earpiece
There were no obvious batter/pitcher objections to any of the strike/ball calls

I do not know whether or not this is the same system that was tested this year in the Atlantic League.

I am strongly in favor of the MLB adopting this type of technology ASAP (as soon as practical/possible).
 

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I have been attending a few AFL games each season for several years now. Here's some of the changes that I've noticed:

A couple of pitchers from each team used to sit in the stands behind home plate and chart pitches -- no longer true

The number of scouts attending has gradually diminished

The age of those scouts has trended sharply younger

Fewer of those scouts are former professional players

Fewer of the scouts manifest speed guns and more tote other forms of technology

Speaking of the latter, yesterday, I had a brief conversation with a Giants scout as he was setting up his Edgertronic camera equipment and connecting the USB cord to his laptop. He stated that his system is capable of recording at 750 to 1000 frames per second. I'm aware that Edgertronic produces cameras with the capability of over 2000 frames per second.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/high-speed-cameras-spread-quickly-around-baseball/


 

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4 hours ago, AZRon said:

https://www.mlb.com/news/major-league-baseball-tests-robot-umpires-arizona-fall-league

Yesterday, I was at the game played at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Here's what I noticed:
Slight delay by home plate umpire calling balls and strikes
Seemed that more strikes than usual were called on the following pitches:
  inside fastballs and breaking  balls; high fastballs; low breaking balls
The home plate umpire wore a device belted over his left rear hip, in a custom protective pouch (somewhere around the size of large cellphone or very small tablet)
A "civilian" attended the umpire between 1/2 innings (6th or 7th) to make an equipment change -- perhaps, a battery replacement
I was unable to spot any wires or an earpiece
There no obvious batter/pitcher objections to any of the strike/ball calls

I do not know whether or not this is the same system that was tested this year in the Atlantic League.

I am strongly in favor of the MLB adopting this type of technology ASAP (as soon as practical/possible).
 

It just occurred to me that one reason the AFL has been so pitcher-friendly this year is that the electronic eye is calling more strikes than real umps do.  

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1 hour ago, Frobby said:

It just occurred to me that one reason the AFL has been so pitcher-friendly this year is that the electronic eye is calling more strikes than real umps do.  

I don't think that is a big factor, the electronic eye is only in that one stadium.

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1 hour ago, Frobby said:

It just occurred to me that one reason the AFL has been so pitcher-friendly this year is that the electronic eye is calling more strikes than real umps do.  

 

3 minutes ago, MurphDogg said:

I don't think that is a big factor, the electronic eye is only in that one stadium.

Other than better pitching (or weaker batters), the most likely explanation is that many more games are being played at night.

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4 hours ago, MurphDogg said:

I don't think that is a big factor, the electronic eye is only in that one stadium.

Thanks, I’d forgotten that.    I note that 2 of the 6 teams play their home games in that stadium. Scottsdale has the best pitching in the league (2.95 ERA) and the second-worst offense (3.95 R/G), while Salt River has slightly below average pitching (3.96 ERA) and the best offense in the league (5.47 R/G).    I don’t have home/away splits, and 19 games isn’t enough to draw any conclusions anyway, so I can’t say that there’s evidence of the robo-ump being a factor.    

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18 hours ago, AZRon said:

I have been attending a few AFL games each season for several years now. Here's some of the changes that I've noticed:

A couple of pitchers from each team used to sit in the stands behind home plate and chart pitches -- no longer true

The number of scouts attending has gradually diminished

The age of those scouts has trended sharply younger

Fewer of those scouts are former professional players

Fewer of the scouts manifest speed guns and more tote other forms of technology

Speaking of the latter, yesterday, I had a brief conversation with a Giants scout as he was setting up his Edgertronic camera equipment and connecting the USB cord to his laptop. He stated that his system is capable of recording at 750 to 1000 frames per second. I'm aware that Edgertronic produces cameras with the capability of over 2000 frames per second.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/high-speed-cameras-spread-quickly-around-baseball/


 

@AZRon FTW!  Thanks for all of the details and observations - intriguing!  I await your analyses like I do perhaps @DrungoHazewood, @Frobby, @Can_of_corn, @Luke-OH and of course @Tony-OH.  A diverse melting pot of stats, history, futuristic punditry, opinions and "good old baseball intellect" awaits each of our hot stove dreams!  

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From Keith Law's AFL scouting piece (he didn't mention any O's players):

Victor Victor Mesa signed with the Marlins last October for $5.25 million, and right now that appears to be money down the tubes, as he hit just .235/.274/.263 this year. He looks atrocious at the plate, and shows no above-average tools other than his arm. I saw him do nothing but strike out or ground out, and he doesn't even pretend to run out ground balls. Reports I had on him from his workout last fall appear to have been wildly optimistic -- if he's a plus runner, he left it at home before heading to Arizona -- and I had him way too high on my Marlins list at No. 2.

 

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