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Josh, as a lifelong Technocrat, I agree with you from a technological POV. A field generated by each player at bat would be most accurate. But the practical side of things opens up a lot of confounds.
Players come in varied sizes and shapes and wear their uniforms differently, possibly in different weather too. How many uniforms does a full time player use in a season? What about minor leaguers? Will they be outfitted when they are brought up and will the feeder systems be required to keep an electronic profile for every player there too?
What about catcher's interferrence? Would an off field official punch in each player's profile when they came up to bat so the catcher's sensors would not confuse the system? Or can his sensors be turned off, or maybe line his gear with lead? And, of course, player implants would send the ACLU into high gear. Hmmm, what about having a TSA screener that the ondeck batter would have to pass through to get an instant profile?
I know I am getting a bit far fetched, but many of these need to be considered in designing a system. Can you imagine the packaging of a chip in the ball required to keep it impact proof?
These are some logistical issues. I will not get into the cost, or the support these systems would need to maintain the player data. Oh yes, do not allow 38 Studios to bid on this!
Maybe the money and effort would be better invested to periodically and comprehensively test umps as to their skills as well as eyesight. Keep track of the number of foul balls they take on the mask. But then again, that subject is SACROSANCT!
Merrimack Valley Fredd
Ben Cherington can not think outside the box but plays the regulars even though it causes the Red Sox to lose. Red Sox were on a roll winning 14 of 19 games until Youkilis was allowed to play which coupled later with Pedroia returning began Sox losing most games. Youkilis with a few hits and Pedroia with only one hit are sure outs and have killed any hope of Red Sox winning games. Punto and Middlebrooks lately are getting hits but sit on bench. I just can not wait until Crawford, Ross and Ellsbury return. Sox may go on a 20 game losing streak until they figure out how to hit. Just because they are veterans does not mean it is smart to play them. Ross Perot who is very succesful said, I know what you have done in the past but what have you done lately? For Youkilis and Pedroia, the answer is nothing. Play Punto and Middlebrooks. Trade Youk for a starting pitcher and pay his salary.
Jack Walsh * FT Lauderdale, FL
Dice-K was ready, or very close to it. He did not pitch the game I had hoped he would to cover his paycheck, but its time for him to be back in the game, It is a little sad that we brought our B+ game to the table and Washington, played their A game. I know we can play a little better than w did today, but can't find a scapegoat this time. They tried, they lost. It was far better than last night.
If you spotted any of the team out on the town after last night;s loss, do me a favor and don't tell me. I know a lot of them are young and playing at home but I just want to think the past two days were work, eat, and sleep. If anything else is true it would be a terrible cometary. There wasn't time for even nine holes, so golf wasn't a factor.
Chuck Lewis * Warwick, RI
The problem with the Sox as they continue their skid into Miami? No, its not the manager or the ownership as they have placed very good players on the payroll, and have been well managed. No, its no longer the pitching as the recent starters have pitched well enough to win and kept the team in most of the games.
Minor contributions to losing are Salty's continued errant throws to second and third; however, his clutch hitting has made up for this. Its not Pedey's thumb, or Ross' foot, or Youk's decline or Crawford (who cares?!) - Middlebrooks, Nava, Podsednek, and others have picked up the slack.
The blame mainly falls on three players: Jacoby, Adrian, and Bailey! Jacoby's spark on the bases, in the field, and at the plate is sorely missed and can't be replaced. Adrian's lack of hitting in clutch situation after clutch situation clearly accounts for many lost games. And, let's face it, the loss of an excellent closer and the Sox' inability to find a healthy and consistent replacement has been very costly.
I know its tough to single out specific reasons for the sub-par Sox, but if the above three players get back to their normal performances, the Sox will begin to win; and it should all come together after the break......take it to the bank.
Phil from Idaho