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Know your PITCHf/x strike zone

Know your PITCHf/x strike zone

One of the more useful additions to Pirates broadcasts over the past few years has been the Range Resources strike zone, which is the ROOT Sports version of the PITCHf/x strike zones seen at places such as Brooks Baseball and MLB.com. This allows broadcasters and viewers to see the location of a pitch relative to the strike zone, providing immediate feedback any time a home plate umpire makes a borderline call. This is very valuable, but it can also be somewhat misleading at times.

The main issue that can cause confusion is the strike zone included on the graphic. Since we do not know the size of the graphical strike zone, we still do not know for sure where a particular pitch was located. Further complicating things is the fact that the strike zone used by each source (ROOT, Brooks, Gameday, etc.) is just a little bit different. If we are analyzing a borderline pitch, where an inch or so in any direction could change everything, that makes a huge difference. So let’s compare some of ...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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