"Y'er OUT!"

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The roar of 50,000 major league baseball fans could be heard a mile away.  This was the final game of the playoff.  The inning was the bottom of the ninth, two out, home team batting.  The score was 2 to 1 in favor of the visitors, but a sharp single straight up the center allowed the runner on second base to round third and race home with the tying run.     What happened next reduced the nose level to a mere mutter. The umpire behind the plate was bent over at the waist, standing behind the catcher who was prone with hs glove hand on the plate.  "You're out!"  The batter, who had raced from third was in a slide position at the plate, under the catcher.  He rose, arms spread out.  The manager raced from the dugout to object but the plate umpire quickly joined the other officials and left the field.       Most of the fans were still standing, open mouthed, in disbelief.  Two of them, inthe second row betweenthe plate and 3rd base, were reviewing the cellphone replay.     "The ump couldn't see the play . . .", one of them, first name Armand, said.  A fan in the next row above shouted  "That guy was safe.  We should be in extra innings,  and we had a chance to get a run.      "Not much we can do, and the game is getting loner," Armand's friend, Nick Almarico, said as he picked up his belongings.  Two earlier protests in the game, reviewed by the officials under the new experimental review system, too an additional 28 minutes.  Nick reviewed his cellphone record of the event as they headed out of the stadium.     "Not for this game.  Too many questionable calls this season...too many complaints.  Also, too much time.  What once took only 90 minutes now takes 4 hours or more.  Time for change.  With that they both left the stadium in their rental car and headed for the airport.     This was the sixth such game in a series of eight this season in which he and his friend and assistant, Nick, had attened incognito to observe officiating.  Each of the eight scheduled appearances were at diffrent parks in different cities.  Attendance at the last two scheduled games might not be necessary.       Without missing a beat, when Armande Cerveau settled into his first class airplane seat, heading home, he opened a thick file marked  "COLOR".         Armand Cerveau was the chief executive officer for the entire baseball league.  Moved by thge game, he was thinking out loude,  "I am going to introduce this concept, a type of light indicator showing a particular color for 'safe' and a different color for 'out', using a type of  quantum sensor attached to uniforms and the bases.  All the ump has to do is watch for the color."       The COLOR file included much correspondence from one of his best friends,  AlexAurora, an engineer, who has suggested the move and outlined the events and tests to achieve it.         So, how can this be done!  They were not going to reinvent the electric and magnetic fields.  Motion of electric charges within the atom was well established.  This plan did not use any wires, of course, but it did identify the outcome of player-ball-base encounters without play interference.        Of the quantum particles, Alex's interest initially involved the photon, nothing but an electromagnetic force itself, and the electron, proton and neutron, the makeup of the atom.  At times he called them quarks and leptons, Armand thought "what ever those were!"  According to Alex the negative electric force is always available, always alive, wavelike and without volume.         In his papers, he outlined a detector, or sensor, that created a visible signal which could be observed.  The signal received as microscopic.  This was molecular electronics working with material such as silicon, electrons jigglind and creating electromagnetic radio waves.              Electrons combine with holes with aq diode which release energy in the form of photons, a messenger type of the force field.  he described a method to create a  p - n  junction between the two types of described materials to allow prescribed electron flow in the form of a photon.  As well, his description included the energy gap range necessary for the semiconductor, where the electrons can jump from one band to another, as necessary, for energy transition, giving off the colors red or green depending on the wavelength range.       Batteries would provide continuous power to monitor, and resistors to limit current.  The LED will light with correct electrical polarity.  This setup would be miiuaturized and installed within all bases and imbedded in home plate, such that there would bve no haard to a person, or to the game itself, but color visible with the use of a detector.  Next, would be the creation of a similar device, miniaturized, to clip on each player's pants leg.           One of the final steps was to modify the current procedure of supplying new baseballs.  On the the last production steps would be a required liqui9d bath which would imbed particle sensing materials on all new baseballs.  Several essential  technical steps had to be worked out.  No opposition was expected from any of the involved unions.          The overall plan would create a system that displayed an outcome color, red or green, at any of the bases, reflecting initial contact, either that of the offensive runner or of the defensive position player.   Officials were not going to be replaced because there were many other permutations of the game which required human offricial decisions,  and ALL such decisions still would be final.   But not there would be additional data input . . . and a quicker game.           With a roar, the 787 jet took off, heading hom.     ###

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P is for ... Probability

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