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Monday, August 28, 2023

The Athletic: Why MLB umpires hope the art of the signature punch out won’t be lost

Masked and wearing the same uniform every day — the same as everyone else doing the job in 14 other cities across the game — it’s easy for an umpire to remain anonymous. That is, until they call strike three.

For any umpire, calling strike three is an art form. It is their signature, a reflection of who they are, a human element that can’t be replaced by a roboump. Some, such as 26-year veteran umpire Gary Darling, don’t see the need for exuberance. “It was just another strike,” he said. “I didn’t think I needed a major event strike three call.” But others like Tom Hallion — whose ferocious gesticulations became his calling card — dug deep for their motivation. In his case, his called strike three stemmed from a sense of being wronged.

“I called it ripping a phonebook,” Hallion said. “I take my arms and rip it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2023 at 09:50 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: August 28, 2023 at 10:28 AM (#6139768)
Umpires continuing in the hundred-year shared delusion that fans care at all about them unless they're ####### up.
   2. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 28, 2023 at 11:36 AM (#6139772)
This article makes me pro-Robot umps.
   3. Cris E Posted: August 28, 2023 at 12:10 PM (#6139775)
If robo-umps take their ball-strike role I look forward to umpires introducing elaborate foul ball, out/safe and (especially) catcher interference calls.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 28, 2023 at 12:37 PM (#6139778)
Let the kids ump.
   5. John Northey Posted: August 28, 2023 at 01:46 PM (#6139784)
I think these umps have watched The Naked Gun too many times. If you haven't seen the scene (anyone who has seen it will know it) you really should click the link.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: August 28, 2023 at 02:50 PM (#6139788)
This article makes me pro-Robot umps.

C'mon. How can anyone, other than maybe Trea Turner, dispute the value of the elaborate punch out move?
   7. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: August 28, 2023 at 03:56 PM (#6139803)
Well, when we've got robo-umps clearly we need to find some way to allow them "signature punch outs." Get C3PO back there or something. I'm sure we can even tokenize the various umpire's moves and use Ump-GPT to come up with some new ones.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: August 29, 2023 at 04:40 PM (#6139892)
Harry Caray is still singing the 7th inning stretch, I think we can have Bruce Froemming calling strike three. (I hope I'm remembering the right guy.)

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