Randy Wolf Detroit Tigers

Age: 43 (August 22, 1976) | aka Wolfie | 6' 0" | 205lbs. | Throws: Left P-8
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
MIL NL 2010 13 12 0 0 34 34 215.1 213 29 87 142 4.18 1.39 1.39 3.6 5.9 .283 n/a 4 6
MIL NL 2011 13 10 0 0 33 33 212.0 214 23 66 134 3.69 1.32 1.33 2.8 5.7 .292 37/23/40 8 12
MIL/BAL AL 2012 5 10 0 0 30 26 157.1 196 23 52 104 5.66 1.58 1.63 3.0 5.9 .337 43/23/34 -17 -9
BAL AAA 2014 0 0 0 0 6 1 15.0 18 1 5 12 4.20 1.53 1.47 3.0 7.2 .359 n/a
LAA AAA 2014 6 2 0 0 13 13 71.2 85 6 30 66 4.65 1.60 1.52 3.8 8.3 .367 n/a
MIA NL 2014 1 3 1 0 6 4 25.1 33 4 6 19 5.33 1.54 1.66 2.1 6.8 .356 38/25/37 -2 -1
TOR AAA 2015 9 2 0 0 23 23 139.2 139 4 40 106 2.58 1.28 1.18 2.6 6.8 .319 n/a
DET AL 2015 0 5 0 0 8 7 34.2 46 5 15 28 6.23 1.76 1.76 3.9 7.3 .370 44/26/29 -8 -4
Career 16yrs 133 125 1 0 390 379 2327.0 2310 296 831 1814 4.24 1.35 1.36 3.2 7.0 .298 n/a
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Since Arthur has a dog in the juiced balls "scandal," I'd say his citing that as a warning about the Technology Assisted Strikezone is a canard. Or a can of fish. Or something.

Watching games with the TAS in Arizona, one can barely tell that something different is going on. That could lead one, me, to at first think that implementation should come sooner rather than later. But now I'm not so sure.

The bigger issue is the strikezone itself. If it is a constant there will likely be a group of pitchers who master the equivalent of trick unhittable pitches to catch the outside and bottom of the zone with regularity. Should the zone then be made a little smaller? Or is that a price hitters pay? 

I think we need real testing in the minor leagues for a few years, to see how the TAS changes the game. And to perhaps tweak things to get better outcomes. The real question is what are better outcomes?

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Nov 2 '19

I thought Randy's brother did a pretty fair job behind home plate in the seventh game, but there were one or two pitches that he missed badly.

Raising the question... roto umps?

BP's Robert Arthur says we shouldn't hold our breaths.

https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/54919/moonshot-mlb-isnt-ready-to-deploy-robot-umpires/ 

The conclusion (if it's in the pay area):

But even just these three issues are enough to cast doubt on whether MLB can deliver effective robo-umps any time soon. Electronic strike zone partisans should ask themselves about whether the league is prepared, both technologically and philosophically, to deploy robots well. It’s been weeks since we discovered that MLB has been doing a very poor job of crafting and/or storing consistent baseballs, leading to massive fluctuations in the home run rate both from year to year and from month to month in the same season. Is it safe to trust the same league that has failed to heed recommendations on quality control, obfuscated (and sometimes lied) about baseballs having different performance, and let the central object in the game vary wildly to handle an even bigger, more complex technical challenge? A botched rollout of robo-umps would make the scandal surrounding the ball look trivial by comparison and probably kill the electronic strike zone cause for years or decades.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 1 '19