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Toward umpire aging curves

Bryan Cole investigates whether umpires' ability to call balls and strikes gets worse with age.

How well do umpires call pitches?

PITCHf/x data can show how well umpires do at calling balls and strikes.

Benefit of the Doubt: Pitchers Who Were Squeezed

In my last two posts, I profiled the starters and relievers who earn the benefit of the doubt in the strike zone. On the other side of the spectrum we find the pitchers who weren't so fortunate. Let's take a look at these unfortunate souls and some other pitchers' zones (by popular demand).

Benefit of the Doubt: Starters Who Get the Wide Zone

Why do some starters get bigger than average strike zones? The answer lies in the types of pitches that they throw and in what context they throw them.

Benefit of the Doubt: Relievers Who Get the Wide Zone

Home plate umpires are really—and I mean really—offering a big strike zone to Mariano Rivera and Brian Wilson, along with other relievers and starters with certain qualities.

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The Case For Human Umpires

While human umpires may not be as fair as a computer, fairness is not baseball's ultimate goal -- entertainment is. These aren't mutually exclusive ideas, but both need to be considered before arguing for the removal of human umpiring.

Why it Matters: Umpires, Computers, Wins, and Dollars

Today, I am not very happy. I'm not happy because my team, the Milwaukee Brewers, lost a game to the Chicago Cubs, our hated rivals, on a walk-off walk. I'm not happy, because my team lost on this pitch, "ball 4" to Jake Fox. This is why computers should be calling balls and strikes.

Milton Bradley is Mad about 3 Pitches and He is Not Going to Take It Anymore

Analysis of how Milton Bradley has been treated by umpires before and after he was suspended for debating called balls and strikes.

Are RHB getting the same treatment as LHB on pitches away?

Do RHB get treated differently than LHB with regards to pitches out of the strikezone away? The pitch fx study would seem to show this is the case.

Are LHB being unfairly struck out looking on pitches away?

Are LHB being unfairly struck out looking? It appears to be so according to pitchfx analysis.

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