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October 1, 2012

BP Announcements

Current and Historical Umpire Stats Now Available

by Bradley Ankrom

The umpire statistics were quietly and informally retired after the 2010 season, but you asked us to bring them back and that's what we've done.

In addition to statistics for the current year, you can now access historical seasons as far back as 1950.

Umpire statistics can be accessed by clicking Statistics > Sortable Statistics in the top navigation menu and selecting "Umpires Report" under the General heading. Or, you can click right here to access them directly.

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Ric Size

Great stuff, Bradley Ankrom & the BP staff.

Oct 01, 2012 09:29 AM
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Ric Size

Another helpful tool for baseball fans.

Oct 01, 2012 09:31 AM
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evo34

Nice. Any chance of adding TAv to the table, and of allowing queries for multiple seasons (e.g., 2009-2011)? Thanks.

Oct 01, 2012 09:44 AM
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redsox2011

Looks like the Umps ave 33 games a year according to the stats page.That doesn't seem possible with only 82 Umps 162 game schedule and on most days, 60 are working.What did I miss?

Oct 01, 2012 11:55 AM
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ntallyn

I think they only count the times that the ump is working the plate. Roughly 3/4 of umpires are working on a given day, so the average ump works 120 games (give or take). 30 of those would be at the plate.

Oct 01, 2012 15:40 PM
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redsox2011

Thanks.This relates to their games behind the plate only. That's what I missed.

Oct 02, 2012 09:59 AM
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jdeich

Small wish list for this interesting new feature:

The big one would be merging umpire information with PitchFx data to see the percentage of strikes and called strikes. This is perceived to be the largest impact that an individual umpire's style impacts a game.

I noticed you can add Balks via 'Statistic Selection', but it should make the standard report, as it's a more direct decision of the umpires. These are (too) rare, but multi-year trends may emerge down the road.

Ejections (managers or players), if the data is available.

Base stealing information (SB, CS, Pickoffs) might be a good illustration of what pitchers feel like they can get away with.

Oct 02, 2012 07:28 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
BP staff

The problem with balks (and ejections, if we have that data) is that the umpire reports are set up to consider what happens when an umpire is behind home plate. Balks and ejections can be called by another umpire, so I assume that would take some extra programming work. Not necessarily impossible, just noting that it would be a bit more complicated than simply adding a field.

Oct 02, 2012 13:46 PM
 
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