But traditionalists can’t fight technology forever, and the sooner they give in, the better. Baseball wasn’t originally intended to include robot umpires, but it needs them now more than ever. With increasing competition for viewers’ attention, baseball can’t afford to lag behind when such an easy fix is available for an issue that often upsets fans and players alike.
Believe it or not, instant replay in baseball has already been around for a decade, with the original 2008 iteration allowing umpires to review fair/foul rulings as well as fan interference on potential home runs. While traditionalists like to still whine about it, we’ve reached a point where a generation of fans knows grew up on umpires being aided by tech.
Source: Ben Beecken, Grandstand Central