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DeWayne Wise and the Yankees get a gift from umpire Mike DiMuro.

Everyone cuts corners. Yeah, if you don't do the reading for class, you probably won't get called on. Sure, that stadium is probably up to code. And that left fielder who fell into the stands? He probably held on to the ball. It's always easier not to do an inspection.

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2010-2011 umpire data and ball/strike charts for the umpire crew for the 2011 NL Championship Series

I worked up some umpire data for Mike Ferrin and the MLB Network Radio show for the National League Championship Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals, and I thought some of you might be interested in seeing the data.

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August 1, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture: Analyzing the Umpires


David Pinto

David takes a stroll through some data to see if there are any umpires who might favor the underdog a little too much.

The last column in this series wondered about the possibility of an NBA-like referee scandal happening with Major League umpires. The structure of the game makes that difficult, but I'd like to back that up with research. Now, with data in hand, I'd like to explore if there are umpires who are kind to either favorites or underdogs. With help from Retrosheet, home-plate umpires from 2000 through 2006 will be scored on the probability of the winning percentage of game favorites fitting the expectation. This covers the time period since the mass resignation of umpires in 1999.

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June 4, 2007 12:00 am

Watching the Detectives


Mike Carminati

Kicking off a series of historical investigations on the impact of different umpires.

"Despite all the nasty things I have said about umpires, I think they're one-hundred percent honest, but I can't for the life of me figure out how they arrive at some of their decisions."
-A's manager Jimmy Dykes

"What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order."
-Mystery writer Phyllis Dorothy "P.D." James

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This week's question comes from Walter Davis, who writes:

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