Listen: Can an app make the call on baseball umpires?
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I'm gotten wrong I asked Williams what's the idea behind turning the spotlight on the Yom's umpires on average make fourteen bad calls a game so that's make those instances less frequent over the summer robot umpires helped officiate minor league game the goal is not only to improve accuracy the calls but despite on behind home plate I think there's a great opportunity here as well just for fans to learn more about how it is to be an umpire the profession itself and Technology that tells you where the strike zone is and shows you the accuracy rate but yet behind home plate these umpires have to do it the old fashioned way just by human judgement and they WANNA make it free right well baseball is a game of nights and nine innings nine people in the field and I thought ninety nine cents was roughly one point six errors per inning that can dramatically impact game so it's really interesting to say will what areas are they weakest in market inefficiencies and squeeze every last bit of productivity out of their players but another issue is when an umpire gets a call wrong and Major League Baseball is trying years and I'm sure by fans that the Jacksons are occurring in part because of disputes of calls behind home plate so there is a need to improve what's going on all that can be used by major league baseball could be used by themselves really the study they're blind spots areas where they could improve that was going to ask you about the scrutiny this year was over two hundred twenty ejections it was thirty five percent greater than it was last year so there is increased frustration by players and manager how could improve it. I was GONNA ask you you of course are a finance professor this APP is it's going to cost us a book to to download former dramatically behind home plate there is no technology at all the fans when we're watching on TV or if you're livestream and you have access it up the game to get more butts in the seats Boston University professor Mark Williams thinks there's a way to use technology to make human better at their jobs before we turn the reins over to the bots he launched an APP that serves as a kind of digital baseball card for empires it's called up scores you can see how many calls have given empire has historic right proverbial emails and letters about that aren't doing the job right well the hope here is that this APP is really going to highlight those really strong ops and also give a tool vampires and how it could change the game it sounds like you think they do need more help from technology is that fair absolutely I think human collaboration with technology will improve outright it this labor of love I I don't expect to break even at all on this but I do expect to help fans and hopefully better the game through the for example some do really well in domes others not so much scrutinized to that extent where coaches are throwing red flags and asking that A strike call be reviewed well right now the Jackson rates humans make mistakes are we worried about sort of call reviews and things like that like we see in in certainly the NFL I mean our umpires going to be range of being able to jump Mark Williams developed an APP called up score grades umps and also shows us that weather conditions affect certain empires just like it does the player now for some related links Williams a red sox fan told me that he imagines one day fans will turn his into a sort of fantasy sports game so instead you know there are certain ups for example that do very well in certain parks there's certain upset do very well with certain pitchers and certain teams so the data's there drafting a shortstop and getting points when he hits a homer you'll be drafting umpires get points for their accuracy behind the plate it sounds crazy but I also thought I'd Rabin a fantasy Gulf league and if you're not into fantasy umpiring quite yet you might be interested in a different new Athens evaluates a pitcher's performance instead in all I'm doing is really creating the analytics so is mlb going to ask you if if they should be using this app they are the are the fans going to be able to sort of called pitch greater there's a piece about it on the ringer it was developed by Wayne boil a long island engineer who spent decades designing audio equipment he only at the APP to help his kid make his high school baseball team. The APP takes pitch data and tries to predict the batter's weaknesses strengths and most importantly how to exploit them after James we've got more INFO on marketplace tech dot Org and according to the trade publication baseball reference like we told you earlier baseball is trying to do what it can news in a given game last year that number was a record high four point three six that's an awful lot of time for peanuts and Cracker Jack Eight which means less money for teams but the League isn't just talking about robot arms to speed things up officials say they're discussing limiting the number of pitchers at team can to speed up the game because slower games means fewer ticket sales attendance has declined for six of the past seven seasons and fewer admissions means a lower college baseball team started using the APP it became boils new source of income he charges seventy five hundred dollars a year for amateur teams and fifteen thousand dollars a year for protein with the world series just around the corner were hearing a lot about player's stats teams have been taught to use baseball's copious amounts of data to exploit I'm a dealer and that's marketplace tech this is APN. 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