How computers are taking over baseball


Comments • 65

  • Jeff Bakalar
    Jeff Bakalar  1 months back

    Follow up: The best baseball movie is A League of Their Own

  • Yas
    Yas  6 days back

    great job, Jeff!

    • MissouriMatt54
      MissouriMatt54  2 weeks back

      Jeff, Thank you for the video.

      • Geek Ranch
        Geek Ranch  4 weeks back

        Great vid Bakalar.

        • David Parker
          David Parker  4 weeks back

          I think having the umpire relay the call through the earpiece will go away quickly, but I’m having a hard time imagining how it will happen. A Siri-like voice announcing each pitch automatically over the PA might be amusing though. Really, I’m all for the robo ump but it’ll probably mean the end of an era when umpires like Dutch Rennert could add their own theatrical touch to the called third strike. That’ll be sad.

          • Nick H
            Nick H  4 weeks back

            This is the best thing baseball could do. When MLB implements this, I may just start watching baseball again.

            • hughJ
              hughJ  4 weeks back

              They agreed to do press to advertise the tech, but didn't want to show the software or demonstrate it?

              • Rudie Obias
                Rudie Obias  1 months back

                It's better to get call right than factor in human emotions or error. I say there should be more technology in sports, not less.

                • Eric Hollaway
                  Eric Hollaway  1 months back

                  I really hope they don't use this thing because it will ruin baseball. Part of the game is the umpire calling things as they see fit sometimes. The whole idea of baseball has so much surrounding it than just standard rules. There are friendships and rivals with both players and umpires. You put this crap in the game you remove a significant portion of why it's America's favorite past time. It doesn't need to be slaughtered with technology. This would ruin the classic game.

                  • Wladislav
                    Wladislav  1 months back

                    Video ref is inevitable but this definitely doesn't look ready for prime time just yet.

                    • Corey Shaughnessy
                      Corey Shaughnessy  1 months back

                      Yeah but when are they going to have a hockey robot?

                      • D Jaquith
                        D Jaquith  1 months back

                        Drama makes for good TV .. this eliminates it.

                        • Jeremy cangemi
                          Jeremy cangemi  1 months back

                          Great video man.... keep it up ...quality stuff

                          • Nekminute
                            Nekminute  1 months back

                            silly sport

                            • TaunTom
                              TaunTom  1 months back

                              Nobody wants computers taking over a human game, but batters and managers complaining over every pitch is ridiculous.

                              • PSquared1234
                                PSquared1234  1 months back

                                If Trackman will call the high strike -- which MLB has been unable to force (human) umpires to call -- then I'm all for it. Warts & all.

                                • Mike Maciaszek
                                  Mike Maciaszek  1 months back

                                  Wow Jeff wasn't lying on the Beastcast, he really is at peak male physical performance!

                                  • orijimi
                                    orijimi  1 months back

                                    More of this, CNET. More Bakalar.

                                    • foxroano9t
                                      foxroano9t  1 months back

                                      Jeff the man is here! Great Video! Interesting to know the future of Baseball lol Peter Gabriel

                                      • mrsmi1ey
                                        mrsmi1ey  1 months back

                                        I couldn't care less about baseball, but this was actually really interesting. Well done all around!

                                        • mlrz24
                                          mlrz24  1 months back

                                          I only gave up on baseball cause of no salary cap, to slow, and to many games

                                      • New Independence Network
                                        New Independence Network  1 months back

                                        If you're going to interview Sparky Lyle about his pitching....don't you think it would be a good idea to study a little bit of film on him and at least know about him yourself instead of saying, "You threw a good I've heard."
                                        C'mon guys. The internet is your friend. Take a few minutes and do some research.

                                        • Kowyn
                                          Kowyn  1 months back

                                          It was very kind of Jeff to take it easy on the pitcher.

                                          • Mobile Tech Point
                                            Mobile Tech Point  1 months back

                                            Laptops are taking over football 🙌🙌🙌

                                            • Vedraj r.m
                                              Vedraj r.m  1 months back

                                              Cricket had it for years

                                              • d0Bored0b
                                                d0Bored0b  1 months back

                                                I'm freaking out in a good way. Umpires can still stand there and pretend to call balls and strikes but at this point they honestly deserve to go the way of the do-do bird. Some people love the drama they bring but umpires, especially home plate umpires, are power tripping fools and horribly inconsistent. They also get paid way too much to do what they do.

                                                • Evan Valensky
                                                  Evan Valensky  1 months back

                                                  But how do I watch this on cnet through a slideshow?!

                                                • Christina Pittsley
                                                  Christina Pittsley  1 months back

                                                  I can't wait!

                                                  • Chris Johnson
                                                    Chris Johnson  1 months back

                                                    Maybe they should let the announcers and colormen call balls and strikes because the TV viewer sees the zone in real-time.

                                                    • Anthony Ronda
                                                      Anthony Ronda  1 months back

                                                      Jeff, great video! You should link up with Michael Lewis. His podcast Against the Rules, especially his first episode, is a must listen. It's mostly the same topic and honestly what makes this so interesting is none of these guys are the high paid star players. Lewis's theory is that this will create the most friction with star players, and then their coaches, and then their fans. This video may be a time capsule into how sentiment evolves for the technology because if Lewis is correct, a lot of people will HATE this only after it hits the Majors and affects star pitcher and star batter stats.

                                                      • Manoleteje-jscoby
                                                        Manoleteje-jscoby  1 months back

                                                        Will batters change their stance to compensate? Or the umpires could override.

                                                        • Jeff Bakalar
                                                          Jeff Bakalar  1 months back

                                                          I think over time they'll have to

                                                      • Kenneth Gorman
                                                        Kenneth Gorman  1 months back

                                                        I have the ball he hit.

                                                        • orijimi
                                                          orijimi  1 months back

                                                          Many Beastcast fans would pay good money for that.

                                                        • Kenneth Gorman
                                                          Kenneth Gorman  1 months back

                                                          @CNET I will most likely give it to some kid who wants a ball

                                                        • CNET
                                                          CNET   1 months back

                                                          Better get that thing on ebay quick.

                                                      • Rioraku
                                                        Rioraku  1 months back

                                                        One step closer to Blernsball

                                                        • Cnick946
                                                          Cnick946  1 months back

                                                          Been excited for this one, Jeff. Thanks!

                                                          • Wayne Dejnak
                                                            Wayne Dejnak  1 months back

                                                            Great to see Sparky Lyle again! Always enjoyed watching him pitch even though I was a Red Sox fan. Take care Sparky! :)

                                                            • Freid Rick
                                                              Freid Rick  1 months back

                                                              looking like a wax figure in that thumbnail

                                                            • MickDog
                                                              MickDog  1 months back

                                                              0:35 lol This must be the moment Jeff mentioned in the Beastcast where he almost nailed a woman with a foul ball.

                                                            • Trelution
                                                              Trelution  1 months back

                                                              Bakalar! Good stuff, I wanna hear more from Sparky.

                                                              • Tech Guy
                                                                Tech Guy  1 months back

                                                                The sooner we can ACTUALLY GET AI CALLING BALLS AND STRIKES IN MLB THE BETTER


                                                                • richard lopez
                                                                  richard lopez  1 months back

                                                                  So hackers will be calling balls and strikes soon...

                                                                  • orijimi
                                                                    orijimi  1 months back

                                                                    There's basically zero need for this system to be connected to the internet.

                                                                • PA -Mail
                                                                  PA -Mail  1 months back

                                                                  "Baseball, the most exciting five hours in all of sports".
                                                                  - David Letterman.

                                                                  • CNET
                                                                    CNET   1 months back

                                                                    We genuinely love this quote! :)

                                                                • Enter Tain
                                                                  Enter Tain  1 months back

                                                                  Give some extra cash and makeem say strike

                                                                  • Saint Anthony Of The Desert Media Co.

                                                                    I would have shared this. The language made it a no go.

                                                                    • orijimi
                                                                      orijimi  1 months back

                                                                      Man, watching modern day television shows must be rough for you.

                                                                    • Harris Roberts
                                                                      Harris Roberts  1 months back

                                                                      You mean English?

                                                                    • eloj
                                                                      eloj  1 months back

                                                                      Who knew "English (New Jersey)" would be so controversial.

                                                                  • BRIGHTY PRODUCTION
                                                                    BRIGHTY PRODUCTION  1 months back

                                                                    Someday we might watch baseball game with robot playing. Would it be exciting?

                                                                    • orijimi
                                                                      orijimi  1 months back

                                                                      I mean... it's still baseball. :/

                                                                      It could be entertaining if those robots pitch and bat like you see in videos of 98 Koshien.

                                                                    • JJ J
                                                                      JJ J  1 months back

                                                                      idk about that but for sure robot referees will be in future

                                                                  • Antoni Wójcik
                                                                    Antoni Wójcik  1 months back


                                                                    • Ludwig Ludwig
                                                                      Ludwig Ludwig  1 months back

                                                                      Can you calculate who wins the last human match?

                                                                      • Vaithy M
                                                                        Vaithy M  1 months back

                                                                        Hey CNET