MLB World Reacts to Massive Umpire News

While fans hoping to see robot umpires during the upcoming 2023 Major League Baseball season will still have to wait, they also won’t have to look too far to find them. Robot umpires will reportedly be implemented in all 30 Triple-A stadiums during the 2023 season.

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Buster Olney of ESPN reported on Thursday that “The electronic strike zone will be used in all 30 Class AAA parks in 2023.” He also detailed that two different systems will be used.

“The Automatic Balls and Strikes system, commonly referred to as ABS, will be deployed in two different ways,” Olney said. “Half of the Class AAA games will be played with all of the calls determined by an electronic strike zone, and the other half will be played with an ABS challenge system similar to that used in professional tennis.”

“Each team will be allowed three challenges per game, with teams retaining challenges in cases when they are proved correct. MLB’s intention is to use the data and feedback from both systems, over the full slate of games, to inform future choices.”

This drew a mixed response. Some opposed the move to robot umpires, or at least seemed skeptical of how it might be applied. However, given that the job performance of MLB umpires was one of the most hotly discussed topics of the 2022 season, it should come as no surprise that this had support, as well.

Robot umpires have been used at lower levels of the Minor Leagues. One has to assume that, presuming no major kinks are exposed at AAA, they’ll be coming to MLB not long after the 2023 season.


Hm… Is it ok to boo a robot umpire? Just Askin.

When is the Champions League quarter-final draw? 

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TV channel, live stream, start time and qualified teams

The Champions League has reached the quarter-final stage as the giants of European football compete for glory at the business end of the competition.

The lineup for the last eight is now known after Liverpool’s aggregate win over Inter Milan and romps home for both Manchester City and Bayern Munich. Real Madrid produced a comeback for the ages as Karim Benzema hit a late hat-trick to down Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester United lost to Atletico Madrid after a Renan Lodi goal at Old Trafford while Benfica claimed a big win at Ajax.

Chelsea then held off a Lille fightback on Wednesday while Villarreal upset Juventus in Turin to complete the quarter-final set.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Champions League quarter-final draw…

Champions League quarter-final draw date, start time and venue

The draw is scheduled for 11am GMT on Friday, March 18, 2022. It will take place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

As well as the quarter-final draw, teams will also be drawn in a path for the semi-finals, meaning this will be the final draw of this season’s competition.

Champions League quarter-final draw qualified teams

  • Liverpool
  • Bayern Munich
  • Real Madrid
  • Manchester City
  • Atletico Madrid
  • Benfica
  • Villarreal
  • Chelsea

The quarter and semi-final draws are open, meaning teams from the same country can face one another, and there are no seedings, so home and away legs will be determined by the order the teams are drawn.

Where to watch the Champions League quarter-final draw

TV channel: Friday’s draw will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2, with coverage beginning at 10:45am.

Live stream: The Uefa website and BT Sport website will also stream the draw online.

Live blog: You will also be able to keep up with the draw via Standard Sport’s live blog.

When will the Champions League quarter-final ties take place?

The matches will take place on April 5/6 and 12/13, with the semi-finals then set for April 26/27 and May 3/4.

The Stade de France in Paris hosts the final, on May 28.

By Malik Ouzia for The Evening Standard©

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