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How close is MLB to robot umps?

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Max Muncy talks with umpire
Max Muncy talks with the umpire after being called out on strikes against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 19, 2021.
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Eight MLB experts weighed in on how they’d answer the question, “What would you do if you were commissioner for a day?”

No surprise to see suggestions like shortening the season and adding in a pitch clock. More controversial perhaps? Adding in robo umps. Jeff Passan of ESPN argues that ABS (automated balls and strikes system) would be a “massive upgrade.” What do you think — does it make sense to take something off the umps’ plates or is the technology still not reliable enough?

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Justin Turner has partnered with prepared meal delivery service Fresh N’ Lean as their new head of sports wellness. Along with the new partnership, the company is releasing 81 new meals and snacks that follow the Whole30 meal plan. Turner credits doing a Whole30 reset with wife, Kourtney, before the start of the 2021 season to some of his recent success on the field, saying “I’ve never felt better. I’ve seen enormous changes in my body, in the way I feel, sleep and perform on the field, and my recovery after games.”

And starting this Friday, August 20th, the L.A. Times reports that fans at Dodger Stadium will once again be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, per a new LA County health order.