Cubs' Zobrist: MLB needs electronic strike zone

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

PHOENIX -- Chicago Cubs veteran Ben Zobrist has been in favor of an electronic strike zone for several years, and the strike three call on him to end Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks will only fortify his stance on the matter.

The slider from reliever David Hernandez looked decidedly low, but home plate umpire Mark Wegner rang Zobrist up to end a Cubs rally.

"It's a tough one," Zobrist said afterwards. "There's only been one other one [in 2013] I have ever had in my career that felt worse than that, especially to end the game. It's tough.

"I was a little confused and shocked to what the call was. I said, 'What did we have on that?' He said, 'I had it for a strike.'"

The Cubs were down 6-0 entering the ninth inning but scored twice and chased closer Fernando Rodney before Zobrist stepped to the plate. The struggling World Series MVP needed to reach base for the tying run to come to the plate. Instead, he and his manager were left shaking their heads as they walked off the field.

"I really know Mark knows he messed it up," manager Joe Maddon stated. "I do not think anyone feels worse than he does right now. It was a ball, obviously. I am not going to sit here and rail on him. I think he's a very good umpire."


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