No matter how hard the ball is hit, umpires always get out of the way. It’s one of the rules of the universe. The cat-like reflexes of umpires never fail.
Except for Friday night when Angel Hernandez was unable to dodge Nate McLouth‘s line drive.
Clearly, today’s umpires just aren’t quick enough to keep up with the increasing speed of line drives.
MLB needs to address this growing umpires-getting-in-the-way-of-balls problem. My solution? Hologram umpires.
You still get the feel of authority figures being on the field, but you don’t have to worry about them knocking down liners because the ball just goes right through them.
I see a whole array of droids lined up around the field, projecting the umpires. Of course all the actual calls will be made from the replay command center, which will now be located in a giant spherical space station floating above the earth.
That’s no moon, that’s MLB’s replay command station. Its only weakness? Poor wifi reception.