Watching umps enforce their personal opinion of the strike zone, however, is maddening
yep. and i love it when the players start to question the zone the ump invents - and the ump will just get belligerent and make even more ridiculous calls.
i agree 100% that instant replay doesn't belong in the game... but i am not sold on electronic ball & strike judges. maybe they should start training the umps better, forcing them to call balls & strikes in a simulated game, and if they don't score high enough (their calls would be compared to the elcetronic calls) they don't get to ump.
- tron - --- "tron is big and tron is full of action... it's a hell of a ride!" -from the Tron 2.0 box