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The Yankees' double switch on Saturday leads to a dumbshow in the outfield.

In the eighth inning of Saturday's Yankees-Nationals game, Joe Girardi attempted to double switch. The goal was to replace pitcher Cory Wade with Boone Logan, shift DeWayne Wise from left to right field, and bench Andruw Jones in favor of Jayson Nix. But the Yankees, being an AL team, don't double switch often. All hell broke loose.

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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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A look umpire tendencies to see how much human error plays a role in calling pitches.

"I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes."
-- Leo Durocher

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

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