Robot umpires debut at Atlantic League All-Star game in York

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 11, 2019 5:09 AM



Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, huddles behind Freedom Division catcher James Skelton, of the York Revolution, as the official wears an earpiece during the first inning of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


(York) -- "Robot umpires" have arrived.

The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes, using the system at its All-Star Game at York's People's Bank Park.

The plate umpire wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his pocket and relayed the call upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar.

The game between the Liberty Division and Freedom Division all-stars ended in a 3-3 tie.

The Atlantic League includes the York Revolution and Lancaster Barnstormers.


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