The problem is that players are yelling at umpires right away.
And no one realizes that it never works.
Instead it should the manager coming out and ask the umpire for another opinion.
If the umpire refuses to have the other opinion, than yelling and cursing and post game umpire briefing should happen.
The umpire's job is to get things right. Sometimes it's impossible, but when it is possible, than they should do everything to get it right.
And all those umpires who can not get on with the times should be replaced.
But if the first step is yelling and cursing, than nothing will change.
I dont know what you do for living, but mistake free umpiring is impossible.
There was an ESPN study after the Gallaraga incident, and if I remember correctly, Major League umpires were wrong on more than 20% on close plays! And only 65% were confirmed as correct!
Balls and strikes were not included.
Clearly the expectations are too high.
How about my favorite, John McEnroe
I agree what you said about young players ans superstars. Rules are rules.
Looking at this Im not sure it's correct.http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/11205 ... iezone.png
Pitch 6 here is a strike.
But watch this videohttp://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21468797
Here you can see that the 3-1 pitch did not miss by much. Ive seen lot worse.http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore;_y ... =270415116
The home plate ump was outrageously bad.
Such pitches were called strikes all game long that the batters had no chance to reach the ball with a 10 foot pole.
Yet no one wanted to beat up the guy.
And if you watch the Lawrie video it is clear that the 3-2 pitch is way too high. Nothing like that pitch chart.
And you can see in the video that the ump did not seem upset that Lawrie took off. He was talking to the pitcher.
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