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How did big rules changes work out in Atlantic baseball League?

Lancaster Barnstormers Manager Ross Peeples says he has "mixed feelings"

  • Scott LaMar
Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, calls a strike given to him by a radar system over an earpiece as Liberty Division's Tyler Ladendorf, right, of the High Point Rockers, strikes out to Freedom Division's Mitch Atkins, of the York Revolution, during the first inning of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game.

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Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, calls a strike given to him by a radar system over an earpiece as Liberty Division's Tyler Ladendorf, right, of the High Point Rockers, strikes out to Freedom Division's Mitch Atkins, of the York Revolution, during the first inning of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game.

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Airdate: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The Major League baseball season opens later this week and we’re a short time away from the start of the minor league baseball season as well.

The Atlantic League, an independently owned and operated baseball league that includes the Lancaster Barnstorms and York Revolution, has been a partner with Major League baseball since 2020.

Several rule changes have been tested in the Atlantic League. They include an automated strike zone – computers calling balls and strikes on batters and in the last half of the 2021 season – moving the pitchers mound back a foot to 61 feet six inches from home plate.

The Atlantic League will not have so-called robo umps and the pitchers mound returns to 60 feet six inches from the plate this year.

On Tuesday’s Smart Talk, we’re joined by Lancaster Barnstorms manager Ross Peeples to discuss the rule changes and his observations.

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