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MLB's Rob Manfred tepid on strike zone technology at commissioners' panel

MLB's Rob Manfred tepid on strike zone technology at commissioners' panel

That high-tech graphic on the side of the screen during baseball telecasts showing pitch locations? The one that makes it look as though umpires can't tell balls from strikes?

It's not all that accurate, according to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

That's what Manfred implied at least, appearing Tuesday at New York's Paley Center for Media, asserting the underlying technology isn't reliable enough to replace the folks in blue behind home plate.

"In all candor, that technology has a larger margin of error than we see with human umpires," Manfred said. "Someday I think it will be up to the task of calling balls and strikes, but I actually...

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