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Monday, October 13, 2014

Grantland - Rung Up: Are Postseason Umpires Actually Baseball’s Most Accurate?

“The goal each and every season,” MLB spokesman Mike Teevan told me via email, “is to have the most deserving Umpires working Postseason games.”

Mission accomplished!

boteman Posted: October 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: country joe west, postseason, umpires

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Joe West named ALCS crew chief

“Hi everyone. I’m Major League Umpire, Joe West.”

Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: October 09, 2014 at 09:58 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, umpires

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Matt Kemp and the Problem With the Umpire Strike Zone | FanGraphs Baseball

How often exactly is that pitch called a ball? It seems to me Kemp could have easily been called out on strikes on the first pitch but wasn’t. When talking about a 0.2 inch difference, I get that two nearly identical pitches were called differently, two nearly identical pitches which, in isolation, could easily be accepted as either a ball or a strike. Matt Kemp should have swung at one of them.

The setting for you: 3-1 Cardinals, top 9, Kemp leading off against Trevor Rosenthal. With the count 1-and-2, Rosenthal threw Kemp a fastball down and away.

Ball. All right, makes sense. Seemed a little off the plate away. At 2-and-2, Rosenthal came back with another fastball down and away.

Strike. All right, makes sense. Perfectly spotted, barely missed the plate. You see this pitch called a strike pretty often. The only problem being: welp. See, there was this other fastball, right before. Now we get to move on to just an absolutely amazing .gif. This is the problem with the umpire strike zone, in a couple of seconds:

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 05:02 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt kemp, playoffs, umpires

Dodgers are in big trouble, and a frustrated Kemp sounds off on ump - CBSSports.com

Ultimately, the players need to overcome whatever game conditions they face.

“You’ve got to be accountable, man,” Kemp continued. “When we do bad things, we get punished. We can get sent down. When stuff like that happens, you should be gone. There should be some type of punishment.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs, umpires

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

WSJ: Scoring in Baseball Is Down. Blame the Umpires A Study Found That Umpires Have Expanded Their Strike Zone in Recent Years

The rate of correct strike calls has increased 9% from 2007 to 2013, Mills found, while the correct ball rate has increased 2.63%. According to Mills’s analysis, these shifts can account for as much as 40% in the decrease in ERA over that span. And it isn’t just that umpires are calling more strikes; they’re doing it more accurately. In particular, umpires have been calling lower strikes, by the batter’s knees. The odds of getting a hit on one of those pitches, Mills said, are 27% lower than other pitches.

bobm Posted: October 01, 2014 at 02:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: strike zone, umpires

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Must C: Ball gets loose on field

Will someone please explain why the umpires didn’t have the discretion to rule this play dead and permit Murphy to return to third base? After all, the ball came from the Reds bullpen, which is gated (i.e., not Wrigley)....

JE (Jason) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, reds, umpires, umpiring

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ump taps Torii Hunter on face during scrum; MLB reportedly reviewing

As with baseball scrums, there was a lot of standing around and yelling, but no actual fighting. That’s pretty standard when it comes to benches clearing incidents. There was contact though. Umpire Paul Nauert gently tapped (slapped?) Hunter in the face in an effort to calm him down.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 13, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: detroit tigers, how can he slap, umpires

Monday, May 05, 2014

Amazin’ Avenue: The Myth of the Robotic Strike Zone

With a guest appearance by former BPros/now Astros’ front office expert Mike Fast:

One of his (Fast’s) conclusions has far reaching ramifications:

The utility and accuracy of a Zone Evaluation system that is used to grade major-league umpires based upon the unreliable PITCHf/x sz_top and sz_bot measurements is also called into question.

And he closes the piece with:

Short of having a more reliable method for measuring the actual stance of batters from video, it seems to make the most sense to set the top and bottom boundaries based upon the height of the batter and the average height of the pitches that the batter sees, as scaled to the average umpire zone. That is probably not a workable solution for the robotic home-plate umpires that many fans desire. Such a system would be slow to capture changes in batter stances and could be subject to manipulation. However, given the current data, it seems to be the best approach for analysis of strike zone data, and it is much more accurate than using the boundaries supplied in the PITCHf/x data.

Mike Emeigh Posted: May 05, 2014 at 09:09 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: pitchfx, sabermetrics, umpires

 

 

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