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I Thought Major League Baseball Error Proofed Against This

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Wednesday night's game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants had some batter's box lines that would have been embarrassing on a Little League field (click here for better views and an article about this).

My first thought was “how hard is this to error proof?”

There are $99 devices that allow one to properly line up the batter's boxes so they are parallel to home plate.

I'm even more surprised that the home plate umpire let the crooked lines pass “final inspection,” allowing the game to start instead of having them re-drawn…

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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