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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Under Pressure: for World Series umpires failure is seized upon, success is ignored | HardballTalk

A nice piece about Jim Joyce by Craig Calcaterra.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2013 at 02:17 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: jim joyce, umpires, world series

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   1. TDF didn't lie, he just didn't remember Posted: October 30, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4589634)
Fans seem to forget that the vast, vast majority of close calls are correct; even when the TV gives us super-duper slo-mo from a reverse angle with sonar enhancement, the umpires are right much more often than they are wrong. And yet, we jump all over them for any error.

I can only wish that I'll ever be as good at my job as the worst professional ump/ref is at his.
   2. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: October 30, 2013 at 03:55 PM (#4589687)
Not to mention that almost every time an umpire blows a call, we are treated to a slew of internet morons saying that he should lose his job.
   3. tfbg9 Posted: October 30, 2013 at 04:04 PM (#4589704)
If F/X is to be believed, the umps blow an awful lot of calls on pitches on/near the black. And I'm just talking about over the plate vs
not over the plate. The high/low stuff is less clear, as those parts of the zone vary from batter to batter, so I give them the benefit of the doubt there, mostly.

Umpiring is a noble profession I guess. However, I am not at all a fan of the manner in which MLB umps carry themselves.

   4. Bhaakon Posted: October 30, 2013 at 07:57 PM (#4589934)
If F/X is to be believed, the umps blow an awful lot of calls on pitches on/near the black.


I was under the impression that there's about half an inch measurement error in pitch f/x. Which is small but not negligible on borderline pitches.

Of course, umpires have a significantly higher error bar than 0.5 inches.

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