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Friday, February 03, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-3-2017

Chicago Eagle, February 3, 1917:

Bill Byron, the singing umpire, who says there hasn’t been a single kick against his decisions since October, tells a new story on himself.
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He umpired in Newark one day and in the course of the game he called a man out at the plate on a close play. The player arose, dusted off his uniform, and then pointing to the chimney which towers high over the field, he said to Byron: “Bill, I ain’t sayin’ nothin’ to you. I ain’t makin’ no kick or nothin’, but I hope that that chimney falls on you and hits you one brick at a time.”

Bill says the hope was so soothing and so original that he did not put the player out of the game.

If I were the umpire, not only would I not have ejected the guy, I’d have had difficulty keeping a straight face.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 03, 2017 at 12:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpires

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Minor league umpires get hotel upgrade, family leave, raises

The minimum monthly salary for rookie and short-season Class A umpires, which had started at $1,900 under the previous five-year agreement, will rise to $2,000 under the new deal and increase to as much as $2,300 for a fourth-year umpire.

For full-season Class A, the minimum rises from $2,000 to $2,100 and increases to $2,600 by a seventh season. At Double-A, the minimum goes up from $2,300 to $2,500 and rises to $3,100 by a ninth season. At Triple-A, it goes up from $2,600 to $2,900 and rises to $3,900 by a 14th season.

Per diems increase by $2 annually, to $44.50 this year at Class A, $50 at Double-A and $58 at Triple-A. In 2021, they will be $52.50 at Class A, $58 at Double-A and $66 at Triple-A.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 10, 2017 at 12:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: labor relations, umpires

Monday, January 09, 2017

Minors, umpires union reach agreement | MiLB.com

Minor League Baseball announced today that Minor League Baseball Umpire Development, one of its subsidiaries, has reached a five-year collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU).

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 09:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, umpires

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-4-2017

The Daily Missoulian, January 4, 1917:

UMPIRE CANS WHOLE NINE

Jimmy Murray Puts Entire Ball Team Off Field in One Game.

[After nobody heard Murray call a drive down the line foul, costing Buffalo an apparent home run,] “there was an awful demonstration. A stranger would have thought the inmates of some insane asylum had been turned loose…Before I was able to restore order I found it necessary to tag seven of those Buffalo players with tickets to the clubhouse.”
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[In the ninth inning of the same game, after Murray called a Toronto runner safe at home because the catcher missed the tag,] “there was another big kick, and this time I was compelled to remove the Buffalo battery, McConnell and Archer. Thus in one game I ejected the entire nine, which, I believe is a world’s record.”

I’ve certainly never heard of that happening before.

Elsewhere in the newspapers of January 4, 1917, the death of Reinder “Rynie” Wolters, Dutch-born 1870s pitcher and (arguably) thrower of the first no-hitter in history, is reported. In virtually every report I have seen, he is referred to as “Reindeer Wolters”, which would have been a pretty great name.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 04, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpires, umpshow

Monday, October 31, 2016

Tech me out to the ballgame: Replay, ‘K-Zones’ causing major league headaches

The philosophy of replay was ostensibly simple: Get the call right. Yet during a season in which time of game is a priority, baseball is dealing with an unintended consequence of replay: the spirit of replay on second-base tag plays. Former managers Joe Torre and Jim Leyland, both of whom work in the commissioner’s office, are vexed that replay has resulted in nitpicking.

“I think this is an example of where the technology is too good,” Leyland said, “Where, in this case, we’re kind of victims of the technology. It works too well. It wasn’t put in place to look at 10 different angles of whether a guy came off the bag by a millimeter. It bothers me.”

Players, however, are more absolutist.

“No, the technology doesn’t affect me at all,” said Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler. “It doesn’t make me less inclined to run, and I don’t think it makes managers want to run less. Maybe you have to get a better lead, be more careful, but that’s it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2016 at 10:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: k-zone, replay, technology, umpires

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Are the Umpires At It Again?

The story is relatively clear. For both right-handed and left-handed batters, the probability of a strike call on low pitches has decreased substantially. (The base rate of called strikes for these pitches ranges from 20 to 60 percent.) In some cases, the probability of a low outside strike has decreased by as much as 12 percentage points. Much of this difference is low and outside, pitches we know to be more difficult to hit with high exit velocities or for home runs.

Interestingly, there are also more strikes being called up in the zone. While this would mitigate some of the decrease in the total size of the strike zone, it could increase the rate at which balls are hit in the air, possibly leading to more home runs.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2016 at 03:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: home run spike, umpires

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hey, ump! Why’d you eject that player or manager?

An article about ejections without an Earl Weaver reference is woefully incomplete.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 12:08 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ejections, umpires

 

 

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