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Joey Votto talks strike-zone management - and praises umpires | theScore.com

“You see it changing,” Votto said. “You see the left-handed strike zone, the left-handed outside pitch moves closer to the plate - less balls are called away. The left-handed strike is moving closer to the strike zone. Pitches that are up and in, pitches that are in, are being called strikes. I can manage that.

“When I was first called up, there’s no - I don’t think there’s any debate that the pitch that was outside was called a strike more often, and sinkerball guys, guys with running fastballs, guys that would be able to hit the spot outside, even though it was off the plate, were given a strike. I can only do so much with that, right?

“Now, as things change … the umpires are working hard, they’re getting better. Everyone’s getting better in this sport and the umpires are no exception. They’re evaluated constantly, and they take those evaluations seriously. They care about being part of a really nice, clean product, and all their feedback comes from PitchFX and StatCast.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2017 at 06:14 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TomH Posted: September 12, 2017 at 07:43 AM (#5530023)
it's nice to hear a player say "the umpires are working hard, they're getting better. Everyone's getting better in this sport and the umpires are no exception. They're evaluated constantly, and they take those evaluations seriously. They care about being part of a really nice, clean product.."
   2. DaVoice of DaPeople Posted: September 12, 2017 at 11:13 AM (#5530114)
This is the most Canadian thing I've ever read.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 12, 2017 at 11:51 AM (#5530138)
I'm assuming he mentioned the Tragically Hip somewhere in TFA.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 12, 2017 at 12:11 PM (#5530143)
"Everyone's getting better in this sport and the umpires are no exception."

With the exception of Angel Hernandez.
   5. TomH Posted: September 12, 2017 at 01:12 PM (#5530187)
"Everyone's pitching faster in this sport and the starters are no exception."

With the exception of R A Dickey.
   6. Bote Man Posted: September 12, 2017 at 04:24 PM (#5530331)
They care about being part of a really nice, clean product, and all their feedback comes from PitchFX and StatCast.

Leaving the showing-up of players and managers as the only avenue for self-expression.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: September 12, 2017 at 05:34 PM (#5530395)
Geez, Joey must not read THT often. :-) Anyway, it has been demonstrated that indeed the outside corner has been shaved back substantially over the last half-dozen years. The overall strike zone got larger though, mainly expanding below the knees (but over the plate). The changes also differed a bit for LHB and RHB strike zones (trends are the same though if I recall).

Supposedly (?) it's hitters figuring out how to hit the low pitch over the plate for power that has led to the (supposed?) jump in high fastballs.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 12, 2017 at 05:41 PM (#5530405)
the outside corner has been shaved back substantially over the last half-dozen years.

I wonder how much of that can be directly attributed to the retirements of Maddux and Glavine.
   9. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 12, 2017 at 06:38 PM (#5530423)
So other then having an amazingly discerning eye and incredible control of the strike zone, Votto has now publicly supported the umps and their work ethic to garner himself even more borderline calls...the man is a genius.

My NL team is the Reds which goes back to the days of the Big Red machine so I always support them, but man it would be nice to see this guy toil away in a slightly better baseball environment right now.
His approach is just so Ted Williams like and Reds fans should just enjoy everyday they get to watch him. It's like watching Mozart compose or Renoir paint, just pure genius.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: September 12, 2017 at 08:43 PM (#5530449)
It's like watching Mozart compose or Renoir paint

Hopefully it's a little more exciting than that. "No! Magenta! C'mon Renoir, only an idiot would use rose! Get that kid Matisse in there!"
   11. cardsfanboy Posted: September 12, 2017 at 10:30 PM (#5530529)
So other then having an amazingly discerning eye and incredible control of the strike zone, Votto has now publicly supported the umps and their work ethic to garner himself even more borderline calls...the man is a genius.


I didn't read the article, just the excerpt, and I was thinking exactly the same thing. Catchers, and guys like Votto or Carpenter or Fowler(using two Cardinal examples of course) can only be helped by sucking up to the umps.
   12. Lassus Posted: September 13, 2017 at 08:23 AM (#5530652)
and guys like Votto... can only be helped by sucking up to the umps.

Yes, and this really seems like something Votto would go out of his way to do, based on watching him for the past ten years.
   13. VCar Posted: September 13, 2017 at 11:52 AM (#5530784)
"Everyone's pitching faster in this sport and the starters are no exception."


The league average for time between pitches dropped by 1 second when Trachsel retired.

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