Friday, May 22, 2015
Marvin Hudson is, by most accounts, not a bad umpire. He’s been in the league since 1998, and has been largely forgettable, which is one of the qualities an umpire should strive for.
He has been these things to most every team. Most every team except, that is, for the Washington Nationals.
Hudson was born in Marietta, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. This is interesting only because since 2012, when the Nats flipped the switch from perennial doormats to contenders and forged their rivalry with the Braves, Hudson has been a bizarre thorn in their side.
Consider this: Hudson has ejected just eight players or managers since September of 2012, a number that is quite reasonable and fewer than a good number of his peers. But of those eight, six have been Washington Nationals.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby has been suspended 14 games for his postgame conduct toward the umpires following an April 29 game at Boston.
Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, announced the suspension Monday.
After Russell Martin was called out on strikes by Adrian Johnson for the final out of Toronto’s 4-1 loss, members of the Blue Jays coaching staff traded words with the umpiring crew as they left the field.
At Fenway Park, the umpires exit through the visitor’s dugout and share a tunnel with the players to their respective locker rooms. Following the runway incident with the Toronto coaches—of which no details have been provided—baseball sent a memo instructing visiting teams to remain in the dugout until the umpires have passed through.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Umpires are people too.
The hardest part of the job, Iassogna says, is moving on after you know you missed a call. He admits he struggles to follow the advice he gives to minor-league umpires about not taking the job home at night. “It eats you up, it really does. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a good way of dealing with that.”
Posted: March 24, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Major League Baseball owners and the World Umpires Association, the exclusive bargaining representative of all full-time Major League Umpires, have both officially ratified a five-year labor agreement, the parties announced today. The pact covers the 2015-2019 seasons.
As a quantifiable skill, pitch framing has been garnering a lot of attention in the past few years. While most research on that front has focused on a catcher’s ability to get extra strikes called, at Baseball Info Solutions we have developed a methodology for dividing the credit among the catcher, the pitcher, the batter, and the umpire. We call our system Strike Zone Plus/Minus, and the details of the methodology will be explained in The Fielding Bible—Volume IV coming out this spring.
Posted: January 21, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Saturday, December 20, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor contract.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because both sides still need to ratify the deal next month.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Its “Livan and Eric Gregg” not “Adam and Steve”!
Tuesday, I spent about 20 minutes on the phone with Dave Pallone, who before Tuesday was baseball’s best-known gay umpire. I was interested in Pallone’s take on current umpire Dale Scott’s public acknowledgment of his sexual orientation, and Pallone was great; the fruits of the interview are here.
But there was something I didn’t ask Pallone about: his sexual relationships with players, during his umpiring career. In particular, he devotes a few pages to a fling with a young star he calls “Wes”.
Was this appropriate?...
Actually, I think it was wrong. Just because they were player and umpire. I think Pallone crossed a line.
for his generous support.
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