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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

AP: M.L.B. Considering Raising Bottom of Strike Zone

Major League Baseball is studying whether to raise the bottom of the strike zone from the hollow beneath the kneecap back to the top of the kneecap.

“I’m not in a position to predict whether it’s going to happen or not,” Rob Manfred said during an interview with The Associated Press on Monday on his first anniversary as baseball commissioner. “I think that the interest in the topic is really driven by the fact that if you look over time there has been a movement down of the strike zone, largely as a result of the way we evaluate the strike zone with umpires.” Strike zone data was included in a presentation given to owners last week at their meeting in Coral Gables, Florida. An agreement with the players’ association would be necessary to make a change for this year, and baseball officials said the matter is likely to be discussed during collective bargaining, which would delay any change until 2017. The strike zone extended to the top of the kneecap through the 1995 season, then was dropped to its current level. [...]

Manfred said that when he spoke last week of a possible expansion of the designated hitter to the National League, he should have included an emphasis that change is not likely.  “I think the status quo on the DH has served the industry the well,” he said. “I think it serves an important purpose in terms of defining the difference between the American League and the National League, and that league definition is important to us from a competitive perspective.”


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

TBS, Please Fix Your Strike Zone Graphic | FanGraphs Baseball

David Cameron doesn’t like the TBS strike zone. He’s right.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:15 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: strike zone, television, umpires

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Cardinals notebook: Wide strike zone no longer big part of game strategy : Sports

On Saturday, Maddon remarked how even though “it’s a structured strike zone, (but) it’s always interpreted differently by whomever is behind the plate.” What limits the umpires, Matheny has said several times, is the use of technology such as FoxTrax for broadcasts and the similar grid tech that Major League Baseball uses to grade umpires. The benefit, Matheny said, is “more accountability and should be more consistency.” The drawback is the diminishing importance of a catcher who is “no longer rewarded for all those years of working to catch because he gets the exact same strike zone.” Matheny used to have umpires tell him he couldn’t get the low strike anymore despite making it look good.

“That’s my job,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, strike zone

Friday, September 04, 2015

Harper’s Impressive Plate Discipline Put In Historical Context

Will Bryce ever see another pitch in the strike zone??

Bryce Harper made headlines on Thursday night with a spectacular score line — zero at-bats, zero hits, four runs, one RBI and four walks.

He saw 20 pitches in Washington’s 15-1 drubbing of Atlanta and didn’t swing once, as his walk total climbed to 104 for the year – second to only Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (116).


 

 

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