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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Mike Schmidt: Why can’t I just accept it’s all about power?

I get it. Today the game is asking for home runs. The temptation is too great, analytics support it, and coaches coach it.

Small parks, maple bats, a new ball and shifting defenses have given hitters the green light to let it fly. Hitting into the shift is flat-out dumb.

I didn’t hit against a shift, or in a small park, or with a new ball every pitch. I faced Nolan Ryan, J.R. Richard and that Houston crew, but I didn’t hit every day against a 6-foot-5 pitcher throwing 98 mph.

OK, so why can’t I just accept that now the game is all about power?

Bit of a strange article, given who wrote it…..

QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 12:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mike schmidt, power

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Schmidt: Computer strike zone good, but check your hearing

A hot topic all year has been the idea of computerizing the strike zone, the rise of the robot umpires. It’s drawn even more attention here in October — we’ve already seen a perfect example of a missed call when Marcell Ozuna was rung up in the ninth inning of Game 3 between the Cardinals and Braves.

It was obvious, according to the box on the TV screen, that the pitch was clearly inside. It was a pivotal call that could have altered the outcome.

Should the computer zone be perfected, that would never be the case.

It would change the game for the good, it would continue the effort to eliminate human deficiency. We have replay everywhere else in the game, like it or not, replay gets the call right.

In which Mike Schmidt takes a cue from tennis.

QLE Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mike schmidt, robot umpires, strike zone

 

 

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