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For crying out loud, can MLB please implement an electronic strike zone already?

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11 hours ago, UpstateNYfan said:

Let's replay the called third strike against Roberto Alomar in Toronto in a game that had playoff implications.

I wonder what the fine for John Henrying the robo ump will be? Banishment to the Phantom Zone?

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(vs. MARLINS, 8/05) )))))) [GAME ONE]

 

There were some very questionable Strike-Ball calls in this very close game.

That said, the Oriole offense has been nowhere to be found in 2 consecutive games against the Marlins.

 

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1 hour ago, OFFNY said:

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(vs. MARLINS, 8/05) )))))) [GAME ONE]

 

There were some very questionable Strike-Ball calls in this very close game.

That said, the Oriole offense has been nowhere to be found in 2 consecutive games against the Marlins.

 

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Several terrible calls in the Tuesday night game as well. Lakins was squeezed on one that led to runs and then they gifted the Fish a couple of strikes. I think it was Severino had one that was especially bad.

Also Hays' slump started when he got struck out twice on the first Tampa game on pitches that looked low. 

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1 hour ago, now said:

Most consistent misses I ever remember seeing.

(Recency bias?)

Might be, but it does seem like the strikezones have been expanded by the human umps.

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12 hours ago, Tony-OH said:

 

I haven't watch a lot of the games, but the ones I've seen it was so obvious I thought maybe they'd stopped using the tracking systems.  Many pitches 6" out of the zone being called strikes.

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Umps are sitting on the inside corner and guessing on the outside corner.   O's batters need to foul those balls that are just outside off.

However the Yanks get all the calls.

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1 hour ago, DrungoHazewood said:

I haven't watch a lot of the games, but the ones I've seen it was so obvious I thought maybe they'd stopped using the tracking systems.  Many pitches 6" out of the zone being called strikes.

Yeah, I can't remember so many calls getting called outside of the box this consistently by each umpire. It's not just the TV box either, you can go look at the pitch locations in baseball savant and see how many are well off the plate by a ball or two getting called strikes. 

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5 minutes ago, Tony-OH said:

Yeah, I can't remember so many calls getting called outside of the box this consistently by each umpire. It's not just the TV box either, you can go look at the pitch locations in baseball savant and see how many are well off the plate by a ball or two getting called strikes. 

I wouldn't be surprised if MLB told the umps that this is the year where nothing really matters, let's see what happens when we expand the zone.

K rate is almost identical to last year at about 8.8.  But the batting average so far is the lowest (.230) in 149 years of organized pro baseball history.  Seven points behind 1968, when Yaz won the batting title at .301.

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Just now, DrungoHazewood said:

I wouldn't be surprised if MLB told the umps that this is the year where nothing really matters, let's see what happens when we expand the zone.

The goal being what, to quicken games? 

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8 minutes ago, joelala said:

The goal being what, to quicken games? 

I suppose.  Baseball rarely goes and tackles a problem head-on.  The issue is pace of play and lack of action.  So they focus on time of game instead.  7 inning doubleheaders, the runner on second in extras, possibly expanding the strike zone. 

I guess they can't get consensus on how to cure the actual problems, so they try to make the patient comfortable by treating some symptoms.

It does appear they've deadened the ball a bit, HRs are off.  But they need to deaden it more, make bats bigger and heavier, and parks bigger.  And continue to pare down the number of pitchers you can have on the roster. And move the mound back to 63' or 64'.

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2 minutes ago, DrungoHazewood said:

I suppose.  Baseball rarely goes and tackles a problem head-on.  The issue is pace of play and lack of action.  So they focus on time of game instead.  7 inning doubleheaders, the runner on second in extras, possibly expanding the strike zone. 

I guess they can't get consensus on how to cure the actual problems, so they try to make the patient comfortable by treating some symptoms.

It does appear they've deadened the ball a bit, HRs are off.  But they need to deaden it more, make bats bigger and heavier, and parks bigger.  And continue to pare down the number of pitchers you can have on the roster.

They could go back to making them pitch underhanded.

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