Mike Schmidt Thinks The Umpire At Home Shouldn't Call Balls And Strikes

Interesting idea to speed the game up

Legendary Phillies third baseman and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt joined Harry Mayes and Jon Marks to discuss his health and a variety of topics surrounding the Phillies including advice for Ryan Howard and what he would do to speed the pace of the game up.

“I think the umpire at home plate should not call balls and strikes. I think they should have a force field over home plate and if the pitcher throws and the ball touches the force field a little bell goes off and it’s a strike. That would expand the strike zone to the point where  the hitters would now have to swing the ball, which would shorten the game. The umpire needs to be at home plate for the safe and out calls at home plate and foul balls and fair balls and basically to run the game but we’re going to see at some time -- my guess is within the next 10 years – that you’ll see the balls and strikes just like the line calls in tennis. You’d think it would be something very easy to do with what they can do electronically in our world today.” 

Are robo umps the way to go?

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