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  1. Can you show where all called strikes passed your plot? Maybe the umpire’s zone was consistent.

    Comment by Steve — June 3, 2009 @ 9:17 am

  2. Pretty tough spot to put a kid in for his 3rd appearance in the bigs against one of the better offensive clubs in the game.

    Comment by Justin — June 3, 2009 @ 9:32 am

  3. if you think that was a squeeze go look at ball 2 of the first batter in the 9th inning for broxton

    plus if i remember correctly…. for that pitch he got squeezed in, the catcher set up inside and had to rush his glove to even catch the ball so theres no way you could call that a strike anyways

    Comment by matthew — June 3, 2009 @ 10:24 am

  4. Sure there is, if it passed through the strike zone I don’t care if the catcher had to do cartwheels to catch it, it’s still a strike.

    Comment by Aaron/YYZ — June 3, 2009 @ 11:24 am

  5. he had to almost dive for it plus its borderline anways

    no umpire gives a strike for those

    Comment by matthew — June 3, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

  6. matt, it doesnt matter wat the hell the catcher does. the umpire is obligated to call the ball where it goes, not the acrobatics the catcher did. Plenty of GOOD umpires call it the correct way and dont get nailed by questec. anyway, how is that borderline? Its 3.5 to 4 inches from the outside of the plate (acc. to the graph). If that’s borderline, over 55% of the plate is borderline, and under 45% is true strike zone. That dont make any sense.

    Comment by John — June 3, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

  7. Uh… I would think that everyone would realize that in baseball very often the letter of the law/rule isn’t followed. Expecting an umpire to call a strike on a ball a catcher has to reach across the plate to catch, strike or not, is alot like expecting every driver to slow down and stop at every yellow light. That’s what every driver should do, but they don’t.

    And that’s just the way things are.

    Comment by Base — June 3, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

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