MLB Instituting An Electronic Strike Zone Will Not Eliminate Controversial Calls

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon, right, would rather have an electronic system to correct the check swing calls and allow umpires to continue their job behind the plate calling balls and strikes. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

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It was the bottom of the ninth inning of a game at Wrigley Field on Saturday, April 13 when the Cubs were threatening to overcome a 6-5 deficit against the Los Angeles Angels. They had Javier Baez on third base and Jason Heyward on second with two outs and a 3-2 count on left-handed slugger Kyle Schwarber against Angels reliever Cody Allen.

On a low, inside breaking ball that skipped in the dirt, Schwarber had a checked swing called against him for a game-ending strikeout and Angels victory.

Third base umpire Gabe Morales gave the signal that Schwarber went around on his check swing, an attempt many believed was not a strikeout and Schwarber should have…

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