In defense of K-Zone


In the season-opening "Sunday Night Baseball" game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs last weekend, the K-Zone -- that box superimposed over the plate as a definition of the strike zone –- remained on the screen throughout the plate appearances rather than being summoned by producers after the pitch. As each pitch crossed the plate, this provided an instantaneous read on whether it was a ball or a strike, and how the momentum in the ball-strike count had shifted.

On Twitter, some fans expressed their displeasure, saying this made the picture on their screen look like a video game. Some asked me to ask my bosses to can it. A few tweeps mentioned that they liked it.

My own response to it fully formed in the games I watched at home the rest of the week.