Victor Caratini Framing Yu Darvish Pitches Shows Why MLB Needs Robot Umpires

Yu Darvish and his catcher Victor Caratini put on a show… fooling home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak. Umpires frequently get defensive claiming catcher frame-jobs “don’t change their calls.”

Video evidence has determined: That was a lie!

Darvish’s dominant performance was partly due to flat out sick movement, but also high way robbery frame-jobs behind the plate. Some of those pitches weren’t close! Makes taking nasty sliders off the plate look impossible to resist.

Why umpires act smarter than they are

Officials of any profession will always be at risk to be replaced by a…robot! Umpires want baseball fans to believe the sport NEEDS the human element to operate. Are they watching these videos?

MLB tried an electronic strike zone during spring training. It was a dumpster fire. Science clearly hasn’t caught up to ditch the umpires that frankly look too old to see balls and strikes anyway.

Players telling umpires to their faces: “we want an electronic strike zone” is like telling your wife you can’t wait to replace her. Hunny the second I find your replacement, you’re gone! That’s essentially the place major league umpires reside. Transitioning into becoming obsolete.

Umpiring in the big leagues has gotten too difficult for humans to handle. Pitch velocities sky rocketed…making subtle misses harder to notice. Too much on their plate. The NFL deals with this too…a million different fouls we’ve added to the rule book. Humans can’t keep up with the demand, but robots can.

The perfection of robotic officiating can’t get to the sports world soon enough!

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. I would hate to see the umpire go away. The human element is part of what makes the game more interesting. With instant replay we have already taken away the classic dust kicking, base throwing, argument away. And it is seriously insane how many close calls they get right.

  2. I don’t get the Darvish video being shown here: most of these strikes were swing-and-miss, which has nothing to do w/ framing the pitches! So glad and pumped that Yu Darvish is finally back to his old-form, and this may be Cubbies’ year again!

  3. The Zobrist call was soooooo bad lol. If that guy loses it you know you are blind.

    My favorite example of horrific umpiring is Eric Gregg calling the Livan Hernandez 15 k performance against Atlanta in the 1997 playoffs. Watch those highlights. Fred McGriff looked like someone stole his lunch money. Gregg called strikes that were a foot off the plate. God rest his soul, he was brutal.

    Joe West has had some awful ones as well. Look up the call he made that caused Andre Dawson to place the entire bat rack on the field. Priceless.

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