The umpiring issue in Major League Baseball has only grown more serious with each passing year, with fans calling for robots to take over and fix the human error element of the game. If those pro-computer individuals needed further proof for their case, they got it on Tuesday night's game between the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies. In the top of the ninth inning, Tony Kemp approached the plate to face Phillies closer Hector Neris. During the at-bat, however, Kemp was the victim of an incredibly poor called strike three by the home plate umpire.
You've got to be joking. A pitch that crossed at Kemp's neck is a strike?
In case you wanted to know just how bad of a call that was, the pitch had a ZERO PERCENT CHANCE of being a strike based on precedent, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
According to @ESPNStatsInfo the strike 3 call on Kemp in the 9th inning had a 0.00 percent chance of being called a strike. (Based on history of that pitch)— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 14, 2019
Robot umpires can't get here soon enough. Sheesh.