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MLB Rumors: Bobby Valentine Sounds Off On Umpiring, May Want Automated Balls and Strikes

June 12, 2012 – Josh Dhani


Manager Bobby Valentine displayed a lot of frustration over the umpiring during the Boston Red Sox’s series with the Miami Marlins this past weekend. In fact, he even got ejected for arguing over the balls and strikes.

Valentine decided to take his frustration out, talking to the media. In fact, he could be hinting about wanting the automated balls and strikes system.

He tells CSSNE.com:

“When I did the Little League World Series (for ESPN), I thought it was the most criminal thing I ever saw, I wanted to cry, when a kid, in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and his team down by one run, was called out on a strike three that was six inches outside. He couldn’t reach it with his bat. I cried for him. And that kid is scarred for life, playing our game, by an injustice.

“And then someone says the most ridiculous words that I ever hear: ‘But we like the human factor.’ It was criminal that we allow our game to scar a young person like that. And then it continues on. I think, in 2012, it should not be part of the process. I don’t think it should be.”

Valentine was then told that all humans make mistakes. Valentine responded, almost talking about the automated system once again.

“I want a ball called a ball and a strike called a strike,” he said. “Let the humans do it, somehow . . . Our game is not someone else’s strike zone; our game is what the book says. And that’s how it should be played, from Little League to Cooperstown. To make it fair, to make it right.

…But I think it’s almost impossible to do what they do. So why do we ask them to do the impossible? If in fact you can’t see the ball the last five feet and now pitchers are throwing pitches that are moving in that zone . . . if you can’t see it, why are we asking them to call it? They can’t see it. They’re humans. We’re asking humans to do a feat that a human can’t do.”

I can see where Bobby V. is coming from. It would make the game more accurate if it happened, but I don’t think it’s likely that it will come anytime soon.

H/T Larry Brown Sports

Josh Dhani is the editor of The Dugout Doctors. He also owns the website, FootBasket. You can read more about him at his website.

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