CALLED balls and strikes

Oft times I hear announcers claim that umpires are correct 94% of the time. I strongly disagree with the way statistics are being manipulated to achieve this result.to wit: Umpire “calls” can include such obvious calls as a put out in the outfield, at any base, home run etc. What I am appalled at is the home plate umpiring on CALLED balls and strikes. When swing and miss, foul tip, foul ball, hit by pitch, intentional walk and checked swing are eliminataed from the data (my grandmother can call those) their accuracy drops to a dismal 67% (approximate). I would like to see the electronic strike Zone up on the centerfield scoreboard for every hitter in every park and bypass the egotistic umpires who are nearly incapable of determining whether a 97 MPH fastball which takes .424 of a second to reach home plate is high, low, inside or outside. They are being asked to do too much with the naked eye. COMMENTS?

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DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago

Your grandmother must get in a lot of fights over check swings. PITCH/fx and StatCast are wonderful things. I’m not sure of the source of the 67% number, Joe Torre is quoted on the 94%. Umpires get a performance report and are given some leeway behind the plate. By and large, umpires make the right decision in real-time, and replay has mostly helped when they don’t. Two things at work on balls and strikes. First is if you take it… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

Agree,but have found this years calls especially bad for ROX batters.Especially D.J
.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago

Put a cup and mask on and go out onto the field and try it! Opinions are one thing but real-time experience is invaluable. It’s not as easy as it looks…let the umps call the game, go get a beer, watch the drama that is a major league game. “Experts” on how to umpire are a dime-a-dozen. Up, down, in, out are judgement calls, so by definition the “decision” becomes arbitrary. Because a pitch that barely grazes the strike zone… Read more »

@B@
@B@
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Thank you EdtheUmp for your comment but I think you missed the point and actually made mine. We have the technology in place to get it correct all of the time. We already use replay on close calls on the bases, homeruns and foul/fair balls. Games can be won or lost on one pitch, and careers ruined on bad calls by the home plate ump. The strike zone is determined by rule 2.00. A strike is a strike and a… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Feel free to keep ranting please…….that’s what makes this website fun. We need to entertain ourselves because some our hapless lovable purple losers aren’t sufficient enough to do that full time.

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago

Harumph.

As a technology blogger and author in my day job, writing about mobile and chips and the Internet of Things, I’ll be the first one to tell you this:

Just because we have technology doesn’t mean we should use it.

@B@
@B@
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

OK. Stay tuned I’ll send my next message via smoke signals. No chance that’ll be misinterpreted.

All in good fun.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Like Dinger says, the most important thing to me is to be consistent will ball/strike calls for both sides. And hitting the same spot as the previous pitch must be consistent. It drives me crazy when I see ump call ball 3 inches off the plate, then the next pitch it is in the exact same spot and the batter gets rung up.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
5 years ago

I will forever be in favor of automated balls and strikes. This would not eliminate the home plate umpire — far from it — it just puts the technology up on the big screen for everyone to see (and involve the fans) and gets rid of the very difficult, if not impossible, job of calling balls and strikes perfectly 240 times a game. It would greatly improve the performance of both hitters and pitchers to know (and see) where the… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

@@B@@ is a great friend of mine. In fact, we went to that infamous first game together back in 1993. He has been promoting the electronic detection of the strike for years, probably since before it was truly practical to apply. Glad to see you posting, JR! Ed the Ump, I would never try to ump a baseball game as I am afraid of a foul ball or errant bat inevitably nailing me. (Funny thing is, I never had that… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

B in WV… The pitch that is on the lower border as well as the outer border is commonly referred to by umpires as the “bitch pitch”. The pitcher, catcher and manager “bitch” if it is called a ball…the manager and hitter “bitch” if it called a strike. We can’t win for trying. The announcers, writers and fans “bitch” either way. You are correct in your thinking that with an umpire looking from the inside he cannot be 100% correct… Read more »

DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ed – The original poster said 67% and in my original comment I’m questioning the source of that, too – I don’t believe it. I’ve heard Torre use the 94% figure.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

Sorry DD…I didn’t do my research very well.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ed, trust me in that I am not bashing umpires here. It is extremely difficult. For whatever reason, I never got around to umpiring despite my love of the game. I am an ice hockey referee, so I completely understand your perspective on these issues, especially the “bitch” factor. I sure enjoy your posts!

@, my dear friend, I believe you have been challenged to defend your 67% stat.

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