Jan 26, 2022 - Sports

No "robo-umps" for Phillies' Triple-A team

A baseball glove with a ball in it

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

For at least another year, fans of the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate can take part in a long-held baseball tradition: heckling the umpires.

What's happening: It appears that the Automated Ball-Strike system, which is made up of what's commonly referred to as a "robo-umps," is coming to 11 Triple-A markets, Axios' Jeff Tracy writes.

The big picture: The independent Atlantic League has used the technology, which determines balls and strikes for plate umpires, since 2019.

  • The league is now doing away with it, saying it's completed its assessment. But the league said an MLB affiliate would continue testing the tech.

Of note: The robo-umps are meant to speed up games and increase action.

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