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Postby fantasybaseballfan1 » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:30 pm

The other day I was reading Rotoworld and as a comment for Dice-K's start they said that Dice-K was aided by a particularly wide strike zone. The home plate umpire was Wally Bell. Does anybody know a way to look at the results of games based on who umpired? If some umpires are more pitcher friendly it might be a good idea to spot start guys in their games, or does an ump's strike zone vary from game to game?
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Postby fantasyfiend » Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:43 pm

I think it's poor speculation on Rotoworld's part, more than anything else.
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Re: Umpires- Possible New Strategy

Postby GotowarMissAgnes » Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:42 pm

SHHHHHH.

You might want to check this resource out before you send your pitcher to the hill or your batters to the plate.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/stati ... cid=204029
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Re: Umpires- Possible New Strategy

Postby redjake » Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:39 pm

GotowarMissAgnes wrote:SHHHHHH.

You might want to check this resource out before you send your pitcher to the hill or your batters to the plate.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/stati ... cid=204029


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Re: Umpires- Possible New Strategy

Postby AcidRock23 » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:07 pm

Wow, thanks GTWMA, awesome find! I am way too lazy to engage in umpire scouting but I love the theory...every little bit counts!! ;-D
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Re: Umpires- Possible New Strategy

Postby Philliebuster » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:22 pm

redjake wrote:
GotowarMissAgnes wrote:SHHHHHH.

You might want to check this resource out before you send your pitcher to the hill or your batters to the plate.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/stati ... cid=204029


;-D


Here's your top 10 Umps for calling Strikeouts SO/IP

Mark Wegner 0.859083192
Tom Hallion 0.849056604
Andy Fletcher 0.84441695
Doug Eddings 0.832928999
Chad Fairchild0.826086957
Laz Diaz 0.803144751
Bill Miller 0.802269044
Larry Young 0.79989227
Adam Dowdy 0.790539101
Bruce Froemming 0.790222669

I wouldn't hunt down pitchers whose games are called by these guys, but perhaps can be used as a tiebreaker ;-D .
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Re: Umpires- Possible New Strategy

Postby KCollins1304 » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:08 am

You would think with Questar(I think they still have that, the umpire tracker) they could measure how many pitches were called strikes outside of the strike zone.
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Postby Steve-o » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:48 pm

KCollins1304 wrote:You would think with Questar(I think they still have that, the umpire tracker) they could measure how many pitches were called strikes outside of the strike zone.


MLB does that. It's my understanding that umpires get reports on how the called the game after they call the game in those parks. Somebody let me know if this isn't the case...
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Re: Umpires- Possible New Strategy

Postby KCollins1304 » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:49 pm

Steve-o wrote:
KCollins1304 wrote:You would think with Questar(I think they still have that, the umpire tracker) they could measure how many pitches were called strikes outside of the strike zone.


MLB does that. It's my understanding that umpires get reports on how the called the game after they call the game in those parks. Somebody let me know if this isn't the case...


Yeah I know they evaluate the umpires, I meant like a database that was available for fantasy purposes.
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Re: Umpires- Possible New Strategy

Postby Steve-o » Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:59 pm

KCollins1304 wrote:
Steve-o wrote:
KCollins1304 wrote:You would think with Questar(I think they still have that, the umpire tracker) they could measure how many pitches were called strikes outside of the strike zone.


MLB does that. It's my understanding that umpires get reports on how the called the game after they call the game in those parks. Somebody let me know if this isn't the case...


Yeah I know they evaluate the umpires, I meant like a database that was available for fantasy purposes.


The Questec and umpire reports are kept private. It would be sweet to see how "bad" or "good" umpires are at calling balls and strikes though.
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