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Atlantic League coach ejected for arguing over automated strike zone just one inning...

•, by R.J. Anderson

The Atlantic League recently installed robot umpires as part of a three-year agreement with Major League Baseball -- a pact that has led to a number of other tweaks as well. Perhaps predictably, it didn't take long for someone to take exception with a call made by the Trackman system, leading to the person in question being ejected from the game for their reaction.

Frank Viola, a former big-league All-Star and the 1988 AL Cy Young Award winner, is now the pitching coach of the High Point Rockers. He was tossed on July 12 after objecting to the automated strike zone in the first inning of the first game since the robots were placed in charge, per Close Call Sports (hat tip to the Star Tribune). Viola wanted umpire Tim Detweiler to overrule some close calls. Detweiler declined, and things snowballed from there. Here's a look at the ejection: