Ball & Strike Umpires
Posted 18 April 2014 - 09:01 AM
The ump in the second game seemed to give a bit more on the corners, but not much high or low. I heard a snippet of Reusse on Monday talking about umps and saying that, particularly for new umpires, Quest-Tec was influencing them and keeping the zones very small.
Are there any "pitchers' umpires" left? Are four hour games with 350 pitches going to be the norm? Are these good trends?
Posted 18 April 2014 - 10:28 AM
1 Insert your own joke about mound height in this context
Posted 18 April 2014 - 10:44 AM
Posted 18 April 2014 - 10:52 AM
Posted 18 April 2014 - 12:11 PM
I've been watching baseball for 45 years and I don't recall the strike zone ever being smaller. I have watched multiple games this year where any pitch above the belt is a ball. It seems most umpires are ok with calling a strike on a ball off the plate but nobody will call a high strike. Drives me crazy and is ruining the game.
I would echo this. Also, the low strike. The ball now needs to be above the knees to be a strike. Finally, third strikes. On Gameday, the strike zone gets smaller with two strikes.
Posted 18 April 2014 - 06:59 PM
You should have seen the idiot behind home plate in the Giants-Dodgers game. Bumgarner threw about three or four pitches right down the middle of the plate called balls. Then later in the game Puig took a pitch six inches outside that was called a strike. I don't know who Seth Buckminster is but there are a lot of new umpires this year and they have all been horrible.
Looks pretty decent to me.
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