(Lancaster, Pa.) – If “Robo Umps” are going to continue calling balls and strikes, they need to be ready to hear the good and the bad from the fans, just like their human counterparts. And for that, they’re going to need names.
That’s the consensus of the teams of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB), which announced today they are seeking names for each of their ballparks’ automated ball-strike system (ABS) radar panels.
“It was one of the biggest talking points of 2019 and certainly will be again this year,” noted Christian Heimall, High Point Rockers Assistant General Manager. “However, it did get a little tiresome constantly saying ‘Automated Ball-Strike’ or having fans not know what ABS was. This will hopefully be a fun way for our fans to be a part of one of the most widely-discussed topics in baseball.”
Through the Atlantic League’s partnership with Major League Baseball, the previously nameless panels made history in the 2019 ALPB season by electronically determining balls and strikes and relaying the calls to umpires wearing earpieces. MLB later used the ABS in its Arizona Fall League and announced earlier this year…