The Mockingbird


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This is the problem with complaining about the umpires. It quickly becomes habit forming. My real, deep-seated problem is the pain of losing two one-run games to the Yankees, holding the best offense in the league to eight runs and losing a three game series, that sort of thing – I’m just abusing the pitch f/x system as a way of covering that up. But seriously- even from the parallax-inducing TV angle (does anyone else wish we saw the pitch from behind the plate more often like they did last night?), the strike zone did look wacky last night, and at the very least mind-bogglingly inconsistent on the inner half. So here’s what was really going on (from the hitter’s perspective):


Hmm, that looks pretty bad. Frank’s wasn’t alone in being a foot off the plate, in fact that wasn’t even the worst call by about an inch. Anyway, the edge of the zone is not defined at all- there are plently of balls right next to strikes. However, the Jays also got away with a couple that were pretty much down the middle, as well. So how about them Yankees?


One thing to keep in mind is that I’ve marked the rulebook strike zone. On average in the majors, it is called two inches out from there, about at the 1 foot mark (after the width of the ball). So the Yanks weren’t getting any favours on the outside corner of the plate either, but at least it looks consistent and there’s nothing totally off the wall. Can the conspiracy theories, cue the claims of incompetence…


Written by halejon

April 4, 2008 at 5:35 pm

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  1. Don’t lefties usually get a strike zone that’s wide on the outside, while righties tend to get an equal strike zone on both sides?


    April 4, 2008 at 9:35 pm

  2. Yah, it’s a little different based on the pitcher as well. If you throw the ball across the plate it appears to be further outside. And lefties batters get screwed.


    April 5, 2008 at 3:07 am

  3. what your post does for me is PROVE the Yankee-bias, not disprove it. the yankees strike zone was perfectly consistent, and the 6 outside called strikes were relatively close to each other and not too close to others. the blue jays have 5 sprinkled all over the place, with 2 surrounded by 4 others very close. WE GOT FUCKED, as usual.

    of course, there is the chance i am understanding your graphics wrong – when you say blue jays called strikes and balls you mean for their batters, correct?


    April 5, 2008 at 8:00 am

  4. Yes, I mean for their batters. I wasn’t trying to disprove that the Yankees got better calls in this game- I pointed out that it was consistent, and there’s nothing off the wall, as opposed to the Jays calls.

    This is not something to get too loud about though- in general, the Yankees do not get especially good calls, even on their home turf. And last year, the Jays were treated to some of the best overall umpiring calls in the majors- second only to one team.


    April 6, 2008 at 7:32 pm

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