While this post is prompted by Cody Ross’ five ball strikeout, it’s an opinion I have held for some time.
I don’t want a human element from my umpires. I want the human element from the players and, to a lesser extent, the manager.
An automated strike zone wouldn’t be perfect, we shouldn’t kid ourselves about that but it would be consistent and consistency is more important than accuracy.
The state of the umpires really frustrates me sometimes. They should be graded and held accountable and if they are, it’s not apparent. We have bad umpires doing important games and that’s just not the way it should be.