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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

Friday, August 21, 2015

Umpires Are Less Blind Than They Used To Be

Umps are getting better, and they’re also remarkably consistent. An ump who makes more accurate calls in one year will likely do the same the next; an ump who misses more calls in a given season will likely be as bad the next. Umpire accuracy is more steady than a player’s batting average or a pitcher’s ERA, and as consistent as OPS (on-base plus slugging) and wins above replacement.

Also interesting: umpires lately have been calling more strikes strikes, while calling an equal rate of balls balls, a pattern which may be part of the fall in offense over that period (my own speculation, not the author’s).

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 21, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires, umpiring

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-30-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, July 30, 1915:

“I am going to communicate with the Brooklyn owner and tell him unless we get better umpiring and better breaks on the decisions, I’m going to quit,” Lee Magee, manager of the Brooklyn Federal league team, declared [in Kansas City] yesterday.
“I’m not going to put up with the sort of stuff we have been going through most of the season…I was put out of the first game of the season and I have been the butt of every umpire’s anger since that time.”

That doesn’t seem terribly well thought out by Magee: “The umpires don’t like me and if they don’t start being nicer to me, I’ll go away.”

Lee, buddy, if they don’t like you, they want you to go away. Unsurprisingly, Magee didn’t finish the season as the Tip-Tops’ manager. He went on to become known as an infamous fixer of games, confessing to helping fix games in 1918 and threatening to reveal fixes going all the way back to 1906.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-29-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 29, 1915:

Two fights with the umpire marked [yesterday’s Federal League] double-header between Brooklyn and Kansas City…

In the first contest Umpire Corcoran called two Brooklyn runners safe on what [Kansas City] contended was a perfect double play. The argument which followed was punctuated with fisticuffs by George Stovall, manager of the locals, and he was sent to the club house. In the second game Lee Magee, manager of the Brooklyn team, objected to a decision of Umpire Corcoran on balls and strikes called on Kauff. Magee struck Corcoran and when Corcoran drew blood from Magee’s lip Kauff came to Magee’s rescue. Magee and Kauff were both banished.

It’s remarkable that people actually wanted to be umpires 100 years ago. Getting punched in the face for doing your job doesn’t sound like much of a selling point.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 29, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, fights, history, umpires

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Automated Strike Zone Gets Test Run -

This will be interesting.

There has been a lot of talk about the benefits and drawbacks of automated umpires for calling balls and strikes. Advocates and skeptics. But on Tuesday night in the independent Pacific Association in a game between the San Rafael Pacifics and Vallejo Admirals, everyone will get to see an automated strike zone in action in a professional game.

The two-game automated umpire trial is the brainchild of former big league outfielder Eric Byrnes, who will serve as the “Strike Zone Umpire” for the two games as a charity fundraiser for the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 01:02 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: technology, umpires



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