Thursday, January 16, 2014
Managers will start each game with one challenge. If correct on the first challenge, they would receive a second. Additionally, umpire crew chiefs can invoke replay starting in the seventh inning if challenges run out.
The replay command center will be at MLB headquarters in New York and won’t be handled by individual stadiums. The on-site umpires will not have video access to replays and will not leave the playing field to seek replay footage.
I personally do not object to instant replay. But it’s my understanding that some people feel differently about it.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Very good, thorough piece on the pros and cons of automated ball/strike calls.
The goal, of course, is no error, or as close to that ideal as we can possibly come. And so the best solution might be a hybrid approach that combines tradition with technology. Not robot umps, but regular umps with input from robot brains.
Umpires are already more closely acquainted with pitch-tracking technology than is often assumed. “We currently use technology for both evaluation purposes and training purposes,” says MLB spokesman Mike Teevan. “All umpires receive a computerized breakdown of their plate performances, including calls they got right and calls they missed.”
Posted: November 08, 2013 at 07:35 PM | 16 comment(s)
Saturday, October 19, 2013
ST. LOUIS—Why were Dodgers president Stan Kasten and MLB executive Joe Torre in a heated conversation during batting practice before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series?
It probably has something to do with Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and umpires, according to a baseball source.
Puig has enraged the crew, which believes he is showing up umpires at home plate. It nearly came to a head in Game 5 when Puig was called out on strikes by plate umpire Ted Barrett and stood in the batter’s box, left hand on hip, staring at Barrett. Earlier in the at-bat, Puig said something to Barrett, who came out from behind the plate, brushed off the plate and apparently said something to Puig.
Apparently, this crew, which Torre oversees, feels that Puig has crossed the line. It’s not known if Puig has been fined, but apparently word was sent from MLB offices to the Dodgers’ clubhouse that disrespecting the umpires with displays at home plate won’t be tolerated, especially by Puig.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
When assessing whether a pitch is a ball or a strike, umpires get the call wrong around 8% of the time, according to a review of every call this season (through Sept. 10) by Inside Edge, a professional scouting service used by 15 major-league teams. That translates to an average of 8.8 incorrect calls per game behind the plate.
Baseball officials say the rate is slightly lower than that, according to the league’s internal evaluation system. But either way, it represents the vast majority of all incorrect calls.
Excluding balls and strikes, MLB research found that umpires miss only one call every five games, according to Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz, who helped devise the new replay system. Yet the massive expansion leaves balls and strikes outside the scope of replay.
Posted: September 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM | 18 comment(s)
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