Comments on: First Pitch: Ten Things I Love About Baseball – Ump Show Edition http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-ten-things-i-love-about-baseball-ump-show-edition.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:41:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-ten-things-i-love-about-baseball-ump-show-edition.html#comment-28509 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:38:30 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55792#comment-28509 Btw, today’s comments show why umps and refs never discuss calls or games unless they absolutely have to do so.

We’re usually the lone dissenting voice, and it’s like going aginst a lynch mob out for blood. Our only hope is to run (to the locker room) and get out of town.

I learned that big time my first year. And this was after teener game. Freakin’ 10 yr olds and parents were going nuts. And I had made the absolute correct call.I look back and wonder how I stuck with it. It is a thankless job.

I was rated to make playoffs most years, but lemme tell you…I had some bad games…esp right after my GF at the time left me. lol

Umps are human? You’re kidding? :)

Foo

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-ten-things-i-love-about-baseball-ump-show-edition.html#comment-28508 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:31:10 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55792#comment-28508 I watched it on TV and saw the strikezone and the k-zone and I saw that Martin was getting upset.

I told my wife that I bet he ends up being tossed.

The ump may have had a bad night, but is he incompetent or inept? Nope. No more than Marte after his 5 K night.

It happens.

You guys need to get over it. The ump DID NOT cost us that game.

As one of the guys on one blog put it: Unless we start hitting, they could put Mr Magoo back there for our pitchers and it wouldn’t help.

Foo

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-ten-things-i-love-about-baseball-ump-show-edition.html#comment-28507 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:28:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55792#comment-28507 Actually he got the call right on Marte. Did you see the AGH cam.

And, umps DO NOT make up for a supposed blown call. That’s right up there with the ‘tie goes to the runner’ myth.

Foo

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-ten-things-i-love-about-baseball-ump-show-edition.html#comment-28506 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:26:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55792#comment-28506 The AGH cam showed he was out.

In fact, Walkie even noted it. Thought the ump blew it and he was wrong.

Foo

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-ten-things-i-love-about-baseball-ump-show-edition.html#comment-28505 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:25:47 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55792#comment-28505 I’m sure that was the FIRST complaint Martin said to the ump.

Yep….and if you believe that, I have dot.com stock I want to sell you.

Foo

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-ten-things-i-love-about-baseball-ump-show-edition.html#comment-28504 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:24:34 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55792#comment-28504 wow! you guys are right!

The umps are out to get us!!!

what hope do we have?

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By: IC Bob http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-ten-things-i-love-about-baseball-ump-show-edition.html#comment-28498 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:00:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55792#comment-28498 That was after he called Marte out when he was safe

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By: IC Bob http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-ten-things-i-love-about-baseball-ump-show-edition.html#comment-28497 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:57:28 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55792#comment-28497 Lee I was at the game and their were so many problems with the home plate ump. 1st he acted like he was going to call a strike only not to almost a dozen times. Almost always on 0-2 pitches. Classic ‘I am not going to give you that pitch on 0-2′ (this also happened to Medlen as well). Both pitchers and catchers were barking and complaining. 2nd Justin Upton upset after a 3rd called strike stood in the box for a moment then turned and argued with the ump. After that he flipped his helmet in the air as well as his bat. He probably deserve to be sent to the showers and no one would have been surprised if he had been. I was OK that he wasn’t until the same ump suddenly couldn’t handle Martin being upset with the call against the pitcher while not even arguing with him or making any public spectacle. I still think the biggest issue is the quick jerk of the shoulders every time their was a close pitch and the slight movement of the arm (starting the look of a called strike). Nothing exudes less confidence then a indecisive call. What made this even tougher was Burnett knew he needed to go 7 with our short bullpen and he has to contend with a lousy ump who either through incompetence or just having a bad day squeezes the zone. I hope we don’t get this guy again and if we do lets hope its someone like Jammar on the hill that doesn’t need to strike out batters to be successful.

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By: Steve Zielinski http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-ten-things-i-love-about-baseball-ump-show-edition.html#comment-28495 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:14:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55792#comment-28495 There’s data somewhere that shows the umps consistently jobbing the Pirates pitchers — namely, the Pirates pitchers have a smaller strike zone than their opponents have. Then there is CB Bucknor, who once blew a call in a Pirates-Yankees game and justified by saying something to the effect that “it’s only the Pirates.”

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By: David Lewis http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-ten-things-i-love-about-baseball-ump-show-edition.html#comment-28494 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 18:42:38 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=55792#comment-28494 Go to Brooks Baseball and look up the strikezone map for yesterday’s game. There are eight pitches within one ball-diameter of the inside edge of the strike zone to left handed batters. Six thrown by Pittsburgh pitchers were called balls. Two thrown by Atlanta pitchers were called strikes. Easy to understand why Medlin and McCann didn’t have a problem with the strike zone.

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