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What is the normal per game pitch-framing difference between Molina and Ellis? I can't find the data.
Marchi's stats suggest that Ellis still has more work to do: He's more than 30 runs below average since the start of his career, though he's shown some positive progression. Between Ellis and backup Ramon Hernandez, who rates below everyone but Doumit, the Dodgers are costing themselves a lot of extra strikes.
The question isn't whether Yasiel Puig is history's greatest monster. The only question is how much greater a monster he is than history's next-greatest monster.
don't get calls that "good" guys get
That is a good question, is Ellis known as a particularly poor pitch framer?
Now, the umpires SHOULD be good enough to call the strike zone correctly no matter how incompetent the catcher is...
if the umpire is set up on the outside corner, then he will not have a good view of the baseball going 90 mph with movement on the inside corner.
If you're an umpire, stay the #### out of the game. Call the plays. If someone's whining about it, ignore them unless it gets physical. Don't put your own goddamned ego into the game.
I honestly haven't even been really paying attention. Is there anything to this?
of course, it is eminently possible that the quality of umpiring has always been this spotty
The current guys are subject to a level of analysis that wasn't possible even a decade ago, let alone 50 years ago.
I agree, Joe. That's why CB Bucknor is retained; to keep umpiring levels at their historical average.
think the umpires being worried about Puig rather than their own damn selves is ridiculous, but with that being said, an umpire has to control the game. If players and managers can scream, #####, whine, moan, cry and scream whenever they want, that's a crappy game. An umpire isn't just there to call balls and strikes.
Let the league fine/suspend players the next day to allow time for a reasoned review, letting some self entitled ass make snap ejections in the heat of conflict driven by their own biases, corruptions and egos is ridiculous.
I don't believe umpires should have the right to eject any player without the players initiation of clear physical contact against someone
Like it or not once that ump holds up the yellow card the player knows he'd better turn around and walk away and spend the rest of the game on his best behavior. You'd still have the occasional ump run amok but it would be much more controlled.
Doesn't that mostly happen now, without the cards? That is, don't most players and managers know how far they can go before they're thumbed?
I'm guessing you haven't really considered where this would lead, but maybe I'm wrong.
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