Steroids and Strike ZonesPosted: March 3, 2010
What do those two have in common? MLB now tests for Steroids and the strike zone is about to be tested.
What is my point?
Technology will put so much pressure on umpires that they will have no choice but to change the strike zone to its original definition.
The STRIKE ZONE is that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the kneecap. The Strike Zone shall be determined from the batter’s stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball.
Rule 2.00 MLB Official Rulebook
Why Does it matter?
This matters because baseball purists and umpires hate that MLB uses technology. But it will be this technology will allow us to play the game in its intended form.
If you didn’t read this article, it just says that Bud Selig likes the human element and he is concerned about the pace of the game.
What do I think?
Yeah whatever dude. Getting booed sucks. It ripped my heart in half to hear the fans in Houston boo me. As a result I no longer concentrated on the game and instead concentrated on not getting booed. That was too much heat for me and I buckled. The same thing will happen to the umpires.
Umpires have a really difficult job. You may think it is easy to call a ball or a strike, but you don’t see what Major League pitchers can do with the ball. Major League catchers can frame a ball that makes an umpire look like they missed it. You don’t probably consider that the camera is “off-set”. But in the end, it is the heat of the fans, managers, and players that causes that strike zone to expand.
You should also know that the vast majority of arguments between players and umpires have to do with “in and out” not “up and down” concerning the strike zone.
Technology will cause the strike zone to shrink at first and we may see an increase in offensive production. After a year of that, the strike zone will expand to its intended definition and pitchers will finally get to throw a high strike.
What do you think?