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HBO’s Real Sports looks at whether PITCHf/x should be calling balls and strikes

Ball and strike calls from home plate umpires get plenty of scrutiny during the MLB regular season. But the spotlight will be even more intense in about a week when the postseason begins, and we’ll surely see plenty of calls on Twitter for #RobotUmps. On the latest edition of HBO’s Real Sports (premiering Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10 p.m. ET), correspondent Jon Frankel looks at the...
Via The Comeback
September 27, 2016  |  Discuss

PITCHf/x: The Future for Umpires?

The future of umpiring, and sports officiating in general is turning a corner faster than anyone would expect. This past June, during an independent league game between the San Rafael Pacifics and Pittsburg Diamonds, Eric Byrnes, an MLB Network Analyst, crouched behind the plate in full umpire gear. He made the calls for the fans’ benefit, in typically gregarious fashion. The...
Via The Sports Post
July 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Who Will Hate Robot Umps the Most?

Ever since Eric Byrnes used a computer to help umpire an independent-league baseball game last year, and then Brian Kenny took up the mantle of #RobotUmpsNow on the MLB Network, I’ve been fascinated with the idea that robot umpires will soon call strike zones in baseball. The more I talk to players about it, though, the more I doubt that it’s an eventuality. Because the players...
Via Fangraphs
June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Eric Byrnes is Not a Fan of the New Slide Rule

It was bound to happen, right? I just don’t think anyone thought it would happen two days into the regular season. Tuesday, with the game on the line, Edwin Encarnacion hit a grounder to third that scored two and put his Toronto Blue Jays ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3. But, hold on…on his slide into second base to disrupt what should have been a game-ending double play, Jose...
Via Hall of Very Good
April 06, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Eric Byrnes goes all out imitating Chase Utley's slide

Former Major Leaguer Eric Byrnes is now an analyst for MLB Network, and regular viewers know him for his energetic and enthusiastic analysis. On Saturday night, he was at it again. Byrnes was tackling the subject of the Dodgers’ Chase Utley’s controversial slide that broke Ruben Tejada’s fibula (see the video here). As usual, his demonstration on the studio’s mock infield...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Who needs umps? Computer calls balls, strikes in minors

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. ''St-riike! ... And we're talking outside of outside corners.'' ''Ball!'' ''St-riiike! ... Inside of inside corners.'' Eric Byrnes sat behind the large monitor some 90 feet from home plate watching the screen as the computer told him exactly what to announce for the intimate crowd watching independent league baseball at Albert Field, a full moon in the distance...
Via Associated Press
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

'St-riike!' Ex-OF Eric Byrnes calls computer balls, strikes

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) ''St-riike! ... And we're talking outside of outside corners.'' ''Ball!'' ''St-riiike! ... Inside of inside corners.'' Eric Byrnes sat behind the large monitor some 90 feet from home plate watching the screen as the computer told him exactly what to announce for the intimate crowd watching independent league baseball at Albert Field, a full moon in the distance...
Via Associated Press
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Eric Byrnes Trucks Fake Catcher, Unleashes Epic Strike Zone Rant

It’s good to know that even at the age of 39, Eric Byrnes, a.k.a. the “Crash Test Dummy,” is still going balls to...
Via Busted Coverage
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Casey Hit a Line Drive Off the Head of Lauren Shehadi

There are lots of shenanigans that go down on MLB Network, usually during Diamond Demos that feature Harold Reynolds and Eric Byrnes. However, baseball nerds watching “MLB Central” this morning were treated to an atypical duo of Sean Casey and Lauren Shehadi on Studio 42. The results were disastrous … for Shehadi. As you can see below, Shehadi was throwing some underhanded...
Via Busted Coverage
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Introducing Josh Byrnes, leading candidate to be Dodgers’ GM

I was going to write a detailed post analyzing more than a dozen potential GM candidates, but that basically got shuttered by a report that Josh Byrnes was likely to land the GM spot for the Dodgers. Byrnes is the former GM of divisional opponents Diamondbacks and Padres, and prior to that had worked with the Indians and then as an assistant GM with the Rockies and Red Sox. His most...
Via Dodgers Digest
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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