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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).

Monday, August 03, 2015

The 2015 Strike Zone, Through July | FanGraphs Baseball

The ever expanding strike zone.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2015 at 11:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, strike zone

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Expanded Strike Zone: It’s Baaaack… – The Hardball Times

Why do the umpires hate offense?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, strike zone



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