Ever see a walkoff strikeout?

Posted by Steve

Please, Bill Welke, don’t keep us from starting your 4th of July Weekend early.

Nothing like losing to the Cubs.  Better yet is losing to the Cubs on a lousy call.  Mark DiFelice struck out Jake Fox with the bases loaded, but instead Welke called it a ball and the Brewers lost a heartbreaker.

Should make for a fun 4th of July weekend.

In case you’re wondering, pitch 9 is the one he called a ball.  Yet another reason for electronic strike zones.  Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until this happens to the Yankees, Red Sox or ironically, Cubs for it to get enough national attention.  I look forward to the day it finally happens.

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6 responses to “Ever see a walkoff strikeout?

  1. You want an electronic strike zone? Have you seen gamedays locations?

    Part of the game man. I can’t imagine pitching with a computer telling me if something is a strike. I think that makes baseball, baseball. Umps will miss some calls on occasion, but overall they are correct most of the time.

  2. A lot of that was in jest, but I hate the argument that “human error” is part of the game. Why? People say that until their team is screwed by a bad call. The NFL has improved with replay. The NBA has improved by reviews on whether a player got a shot off in time. Tennis is aided by player challenges on in/out calls. Baseball finally implemented home run reviews, but there is plenty more that could improve the game.

    People who are opposed are old timers who refuse to accept change in the game. They hate pitch counts and situational relievers and hate everything that about the game that has evolved since they played. When they played, human umpires were the best option available. That is no longer the case. Baseball is the last major sport to embrace the technology we have available today. It’s foolish not to utilize it.

  3. Would you recommend something similar to the NFL where a manager could throw out a challenge flag twice a game for an out/safe call or even a ball/strike call?

  4. I’m not crazy about a challenge system in baseball, but there could be someone in the press box who reviews close plays. It wouldn’t work for balls and strikes, but plays on the bases could be immediately reviewed. It wouldn’t even take time from the game, because there’s a minute or so that goes by after an out anyway.

    To be honest, what bothers me the most is the strike zone. Every umpire has a different strike zone, and it takes pitchers an inning or two to even figure out what a strike zone is. For whatever reason, umps aren’t required to use the same general strike zone, but instead are allowed to use their “interpretation.”

    TK and Jake, I’m sure you guys notice this when charting, but in any game there is no less than ten incorrect ball/strike calls. You hear of NFL and NBA officials being reprimanded all the time, but never anything for MLB.

    Are these guys even closely reviewed? I would have to assume so, but it seems like there is only one or two new umpires ever season. It’s like some exclusive club that takes forever to get into, but once you’re in you have tenure for life.

    On top of that, the last few years there has been an epidemic of umps on power trips who confront players and seemingly coax them into blowing up and getting tossed out (the Milton Bradley incident a few years ago is the only time I recall an umpire being reprimanded).

    There’s just a lot of room for improvement with the way baseball is umpired.

  5. That Gamecast representation is pretty outrageous. Even one of the guys I work with who is a diehard Cubs fan thought it was a strikeout. If Gamecast had it placed in the top row, I could understand the call a bit better. Live, the pitch looked like it crossed the plate belt high.

    When I watched him set up behind the catcher, he didn’t even had his head set up over the catcher’s shoulder. It was outside. Some pitches at least 6-8 inches outside were called strikes. Totally inconsistent.

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