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MLB: In the future, umpires should explain the results of the video evidence using a micron

MLB umpires could soon use a microphone to explain the results of the video evidence to spectators in the stadium and in front of the TV sets. That comes from a media report.

What has been common in the NFL for decades could now also advance to the MLB. How ESPN reports that it is conceivable that umpires could not only explain the results of video evidence via microphone by the 2020 season, but also disputed rule interpretations.

According to the report, the league and the referees union are currently discussing this scenario. However, the start of the project, should it take place, could only take place after Opening Day on March 26th, as various details still need to be clarified.

"I think it would be great to get more information about the video evidence. If you can hear what they saw and what they say about the situation, it will give us a better explanation of what decision we made. That would benefit both sides," commented Catcher Stephen Vogt of the Arizona Diamondbacks set the scenario.

In the NFL and the NHL it is already standard for the referees to announce and explain the results of the video evidence. In the NBA this is done by the hall speaker.

In the MLB, on the other hand, observers have only ever seen two umpires who communicated via headset with the video center in New York and then made more or less meaningful hand signals. So far, however, there has been no clear explanation of the situation.

MLB tests Robo Umpire in spring training

Another improvement in the work of referees is to be the introduction of so-called "Robo Umps" in the near future. In other words: The decision about balls and strikes is to be made in the future with the help of a system based on TrackMan - a radar-supported system for localizing pitches.

This is already being tested as part of this year's spring training in some ball parks in Florida. The system will then be used in the single A area of ​​the minor leagues, also in those ball parks of the Florida State League.