Archive for the 'Umpiring' Category

A careful study shows that umpires are human, like the rest of us.

Are the World Series men in blue more likely to help the pitchers or hitters during this Fall Classic?

A tale of 40 adults who decided to switch out slow-pitch softball for some good old fashioned hardball.

Another way of looking at balls and strikes.

Who goes from playing in the majors to calling balls and strikes, safe or out? Just a few men.

Rob Manfred is proceeding slowly on any change in the strike zone. Here’s what a change might bring.

The strike zone has morphed in a way that is less equitable to certain hitters.

Taking stock of the effects of baseball’s brave new world.

We can’t get all the calls right, but there is a subset of calls where baseball can do better.

Do low-strikeout hitters receive special strike zone preference?

If rules shape baseball, the unwritten rules are the attempt by the players to shape the game as their own.

Replay is working, but technical limitations make it less than perfect.

When will we see the first females in these roles?

Looking at strike zone differences for home and away teams in critical game states.

A good idea? A good idea badly executed? Or just unnecessary?

Who got more umpires in games of the 1900s, and why that might matter today

Do umpires call more strikes for home pitchers on pitches just off of the plate?

The many ways Fred Merkle could have avoided the “Bonehead” tag

Billy Martin’s and George Brett’s day of infamy had its beginnings eight years earlier