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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

Monday, July 25, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-25-2016

Milwaukee Journal, July 25, 1916:

The assault on Umpire George Johnston at the [Toledo] baseball park Sunday will result in the elimination of pop bottles, according to Manager Bresnahan. A paper substitute will be used.

Johnson was knocked unconscious by one of fifty or more bottles thrown from the stands when the spectators were dissatisfied with a decision which meant defeat for the home club.

The arbiter left the hospital yesterday with several stitches in the back of his head where the missile found his mark.

Baseball fans of the early 20th century frequently came dangerously close to taking “kill the umpire” literally.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 25, 2016 at 11:14 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpires

PITCH fx: The future for MLB Umpires? :: Klip Bloggin Sports

I didn’t realize the system didn’t track the pitch all the way.

How does PITCHf/x work to call strikes? PITCHf/x uses three cameras to triangulate a baseball’s position in space from the moment it leaves the pitcher’s hand. There is a major flaw however: The cameras stop tracking the ball a few feet from the plate, instead analyzing the trajectory to come up with a predicted location within an inch of where it actually shows up. ... Yet, that blind spot in front of the plate troubles the sabermetric community.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch fx, rules of the game, umpires

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