Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher

Syndicate

Umpires Newsbeat

Monday, September 06, 2021

Before Balls and Strikes, Umpires Make a Call to Pray

But on a day-to-day basis, umpires are among baseball’s most isolated figures. Increasingly removed from an era in which umpires were often men with hard-charging lives, some of them haunted by war, the full-time umpiring staff of today includes just 76 men who travel the country in crews of four and keep a distance from the players and managers they govern. Their lives can feel like blurs of airports and fastballs and hotels and brightly lit ballparks, punctuated by calls home to their children and hollers from the dugouts.

Their spiritual traditions can serve as anchors, with the lessons and lives they find in Scripture showing them a way forward on the field and away from it.

“Jesus would have been a great umpire because he wasn’t a milquetoast where he would have allowed himself to get run over,” Barrett, who has been the officiant at some umpires’ funerals, said in an interview in Chicago. “You see him standing up to the Pharisees. He would have been able to give it right back on the field.”

He paused and smiled.

“Of course, he would have been perfect.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2021 at 12:05 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

Friday, August 13, 2021

Would “Robot Umpires” Reduce Discrimination? Measuring Racial Bias in Major League Baseball Umpires

Utilizing thirteen years of Major League Baseball pitch-tracking and play-by-play data (all the data that is publicly available), this study investigates racial discrimination by umpires when making pitch calling decisions.

Bottom line?  White umpires show a statistically significant bias towards white hitters and pitchers.  Black umpires a smaller level of bias, Hispanic umpires a small reverse bias.

John Northey Posted: August 13, 2021 at 09:41 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: racism, umpires

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Controversial call at home plate gives Phillies 7-6 win over Braves


The Philadelphia Phillies escaped Truist Park with a slight win on Sunday night.

Yet many watching at home, and even the Atlanta Braves, were confused with what appeared to be a missed call in the ninth inning that pushed the Phillies to their 7-6 win.

Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius hit a fly ball to shallow left field in the top of the ninth inning, which prompted Alec Bohm — who doubled and then made it to third off a bunt — to break for home to try and take the lead.

Braves left fielder Marcell Ozuna made the catch and threw home to catcher Travis d’Arnaud. Bohm, after sliding in around the tag attempt, was called safe.


Though the call looked solid at first glance, replay showed that Bohm’s foot appeared to miss the plate completely.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2021 at 11:05 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, phillies, umpires

 

 

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Vegas Watch
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogVaxed, waxed, and ready for the WEEKEND OMNICHATTER!, for September 24-26, 2021
(51 - 10:20pm, Sep 24)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogEmpty Stadium Sports Will Be Really Weird
(14167 - 10:05pm, Sep 24)
Last: Hank Gillette

NewsblogThey could be ROY vote-getters -- again
(7 - 9:51pm, Sep 24)
Last: Tony S

NewsblogNBA 2021 Playoffs+ thread
(4595 - 9:40pm, Sep 24)
Last: spivey 2

NewsblogFormer MLB pitcher Cloyd Boyer dies
(1 - 9:18pm, Sep 24)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogAnti-vax baseball coach from Miami files religious discrimination complaint against MLB team
(39 - 9:02pm, Sep 24)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

Hall of Merit2022 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(182 - 8:51pm, Sep 24)
Last: Dr. Chaleeko

NewsblogAtlanta Braves' Adam Duvall has home run nixed after baserunning gaffe
(11 - 8:38pm, Sep 24)
Last: Jose Canusee

NewsblogWEEKDAY OMNICHATTER wants you to believe in yourself, for September 20, 2021
(109 - 5:32pm, Sep 24)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogThe 3,000 Hit Club Is Closed for Maintenance
(29 - 4:53pm, Sep 24)
Last: Darren

Sox TherapyIt's A Sprint, Not A Marathon
(67 - 3:30pm, Sep 24)
Last: Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer

NewsblogRays grab data card shaken loose from Kirk's wrist, deny Blue Jays' request to return it
(104 - 3:28pm, Sep 24)
Last: Karl from NY

NewsblogBill James: Swing Hard; maybe you'll run into something
(21 - 10:34am, Sep 24)
Last: Ron J

NewsblogArizona Diamondbacks give manager Torey Lovullo one-year extension despite 104-loss season
(5 - 2:30am, Sep 24)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogMLB To Experiment With Pre-Tacked Baseball During Triple-A Final Stretch
(1 - 1:55am, Sep 24)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

Page rendered in 1.0147 seconds
56 querie(s) executed