Cool umps wear AirPods

Next stop, the majors!

From "‘Robot ump’ calls first professional baseball game with one hitch and no controversy" in Thursday's Washington Post.

“Take pictures. Take selfies. Tell people you were here,” the stadium’s emcee announced before the game, telling the crowd of 6,773 they were about to witness history...

On Wednesday, home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an Apple AirPod in his right ear that connected to an iPhone in his back pocket. A computer in the press box communicated to that device whether the pitch was in or out of the strike zone, and deBrauwere relayed the calls to the field as a normal umpire would...

Save for pronounced consternation over one pitch, a tailing fastball that rung up Lancaster Barnstormers designated hitter Joe Terdoslavich in the second inning, the digitally rendered strike zone was barely noticeable. As Terdoslavich discussed the markedly low pitch with deBrauwere, the umpire pointed to his earpiece.

“It’s uncharted territory,” said deBrauwere, who told reporters he would have called the pitch a ball. “I just want these guys to know that’s what the system called.

My take: What will the fans fight about now?


  1. Wyatt Counts said:
    I’m told the iOS update that is in beta testing will allow an iPhone to connect to two sets of AirPods for sharing. I’m curious if there’s a technical reason why many sets of pods in range couldn’t connect as well. Seems ideal for classrooms, museum tours.

    July 11, 2019
  2. Gregg Thurman said:
    Instant replays, computer called Strikes, etc.

    Sports are an imperfect activity played by error prone humans. Expecting perfection in play calling is an idealistic impossibility, even computers and/or camera viewing angles need to be interpreted by humans.

    I say get rid of technologically “assisted” playing calling.

    Make sports a human endeavor again. If you must interject technology use it to detect players that use performance enhancing drugs, then enforce the rules against it.

    First, second and even third violations should not be opportunities to get the violating player back on the field.

    If Pete Rose can be banned for life for gambling (something that is commonly done all across the US), then drug users should be banned for life as well.

    July 11, 2019

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