MLB legend wants 'force field' to replace umpires

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Everybody has that grandad that as they get older says really weird stuff that just doesn't make sense.

Well former Philadelphia Phillies legend Mike Schmidt has reached that stage, but his insane calls aren't limited to the coffee table while watching old westerns, no the third baseman has a much bigger audience.

Which means we all got to hear this absolute gem from the 64-year old. Speaking on 97.5 The Fanatic, Schmidt gave us this:

“I think the umpire at home plate should not call balls and strikes. I think they should have a force field over home plate and if the pitcher throws and the ball touches the force field a little bell goes off and it’s a strike.

That would expand the strike zone to the point where the hitters would now have to swing the ball, which would shorten the game."

To be fair to him, Schmidt has a point. There have been far too many terrible ball and strike calls made in Major League Baseball so far this season and it is incredibly frustrating for all involved.

In the world of video referees and hawk-eye in tennis, technology is certainly the way forward for sports, but we're not even sure that if what Schmidt is calling for actually exists.

And does he also want lightsabers to replace baseball bats? We're up for that if the force fields become a thing.

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