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05-29

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7

Skewed Left: What We've Learned About Replay
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Zachary Levine

05-23

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15

Overthinking It: The 12-Second Rule and the Boring-ization of Baseball
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Ben Lindbergh

05-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 452: The Exaggerated Demise of Managerial Ejections
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-19

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6

Pebble Hunting: How to Still Get Ejected
by
Sam Miller

05-13

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6

Working the Count: Don't Take Two Close Ones, Part One
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Noah Woodward

03-20

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Understanding the Umpire-Manager Arguments of 2013
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Evan Brunell

03-13

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25

Skewed Left: The Good and the Bad News About Instant Replay's Spring Trial
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Zachary Levine

01-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 373: Why the Manager Challenge System Might Be Broken
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-22

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The Lineup Card: 11 Plays for Which We Wish We'd Had Instant Replay Review
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Baseball Prospectus

08-22

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Skewed Left: Miking Up Umpires
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Zachary Levine

08-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 267: Why We're Happy About Expanded Replay Review
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-07

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The Stats Go Marching In: Is it Time to Lift the Ban on Left-Handed Catchers?
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Max Marchi

05-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: In the Slot
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Gary Huckabay

05-24

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BP Unfiltered: Justin Grimm Steals an Out
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Jason Cole

05-21

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BP Unfiltered: Former MLB Umpire Jim McKean on Catcher Framing
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Ben Lindbergh

05-13

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16

Pebble Hunting: The Strike Zone Solution
by
Sam Miller

04-09

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Overthinking It: What We Know About the Blown Call
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Ben Lindbergh

04-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 176: Jose Fernandez and Service Time/Jose Bautista and Umpire Payback
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-06

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BP Unfiltered: Jose Bautista's One-Way War with Umpires
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Ben Lindbergh

03-15

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BP Unfiltered: A Bad Framer, a Bad Call, and an Encouraging Stat About Umpires
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Ben Lindbergh

01-25

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Overthinking It: Understanding the Umpire-Manager Arguments of 2012
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Ben Lindbergh and Evan Brunell

01-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 125: The Umpire-Manager Relationship
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-22

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Manufactured Runs: Is the Answer to Imperfect Umpiring Really Robot Umps?
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Colin Wyers

06-26

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BP Unfiltered: Today in Entirely Speculative Out Calls
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Ben Lindbergh

06-26

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BP Unfiltered: Google and Anti-Umpire Search Suggestions
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Ben Lindbergh

06-21

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In A Pickle: The War For the Ballfields
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Jason Wojciechowski

06-13

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14

Overthinking It: Who Is the Best Umpire?
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Ben Lindbergh

06-06

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BP Unfiltered: The Left Fielder with Nothing to Lose
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Ben Lindbergh

12-02

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Should We Welcome Our New Robot Overlords?
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Alex S. Cook

09-07

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Spinning Yarn: Home Plate Umpire Positioning
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Mike Fast

06-01

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Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone, Part 2
by
Mike Fast

05-11

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16

Wezen-Ball: Conflicting Feelings About Instant Replay
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Larry Granillo

04-22

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Prospectus Q&A: Mike Teevan
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David Laurila

02-16

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Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone
by
Mike Fast

10-22

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Prospectus Perspective: Four Hours of TV, 10 Minutes of Action
by
Steven Goldman

10-27

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World Series Prospectus: The Umpires
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Eric Seidman

08-31

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Every Given Sunday: Moving Forward to Rewind
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John Perrotto

07-29

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The Big Picture: Gambling on Umpires
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David Pinto

07-26

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Schrodinger's Bat: Calling the Balls and Strikes
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Dan Fox

07-02

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Watching the Detectives
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Mike Carminati

06-28

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Schrodinger's Bat: Playing Favorites
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Dan Fox

06-18

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Watching the Detectives
by
Mike Carminati

06-04

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Watching the Detectives
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Mike Carminati

05-01

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You Could Look It Up: Why Baseball Is Obligated to Throw the Book at Delmon Young
by
Steven Goldman

08-10

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Confessions of a Questec Operator
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Jason Karegeannes

12-17

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Prospectus Q&A: Ivan Santucci
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Nathan Fox

10-07

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From The Mailbag: Controversy at Fenway
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Jason Grady

07-22

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Breaking Balls: Making the Most of QuesTec
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Derek Zumsteg

05-07

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Behind the Mask Q&A
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Jason Grady

05-03

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Behind the Mask Q&A
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Jason Grady

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An early argument for robot umpires.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Gary penned an early, pre-PITCHf/x plea for robot umpires in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "6-4-3" column on March 15, 2002.
 


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A 3-6-3 double play that wasn't.

With the Mariners rallying against Rangers starter Justin Grimm in the second inning on Friday night, catcher Jesus Sucre stepped into the box for his first major-league plate appearance. Sucre, a career .255/.292/.338 hitter over eight minor-league seasons, bounced into a 3-6-3 double play.

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A former umpire and umpire supervisor weighs in on the influence catchers have over calls.

Jim McKean worked as an MLB umpire from 1973-2001, serving on three World Series crews. He became one of MLB’s umpire supervisors after retiring from active duty and has since served as an umpiring consultant for ESPN. He offered his thoughts on the influence a catcher’s receiving skills can have on an umpire’s calls.

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May 13, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Strike Zone Solution

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Sam Miller

Maybe it's not the umpires that need to change.

Now, whenever I go to the ballpark just to watch a game and the maniac next to me in the upper deck is screaming bloody murder at the home plate ump, I think: This is someone who has never umpired; this is someone who has never come upon the sudden understanding that the strike zone is malleable by the mind, that every pitch is a puzzle, that just about every ball has strikelike qualities and almost every strike is ballish. —Bruce Weber, As They See ’Em: A Fan’s Travels In The Land Of Umpires
 

Over the years, I’ve read a lot of proofs Rob Neyer has written that I could never find again, that were tucked into longer pieces or chapters, that elude search engines or scans of his online archives, but that I have gone back to so many times in conversation and thought that they stay with me. One of these proofs was about the flimsiness of the Human Element argument, the case against instant replay that praises umpire error as a loveable quirk of the game, like Tal’s Hill or pitchers batting. Fine, Neyer said, it’s a quirk. But who’s to say that we have exactly the right amount of human element? Why not more? Why not hire only umpires with bad vision, and refuse them glasses, if the human element is so good?

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Defending Marty Foster, and why arguing balls and strikes is never as simple as it seems.

With two outs, Ben Zobrist batting, and Sean Rodriguez on first representing the tying run, Joe Nathan threw this 3-2, 82-mph curveball to end last night’s Rangers-Rays game and seal his 300th save:

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Ben and Sam talk about why the Marlins have put service-time considerations aside in Jose Fernandez's case, then discuss Jose Bautista's comments about umpires.



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Does Jose Bautista have a reason to be so angry at umpires?

Earlier this week, Jose Bautista said some things about umpires:

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The pitch before the pitch that sent the Dominican Republic to the WBC semifinals.

If you weren’t watching the World Baseball Classic on Thursday night, you missed a memorable moment with one out in the top of the ninth, when Dominican Republic pinch-hitter Erick Aybar broke a 1-1 tie with a single off US closer Craig Kimbrel, driving in Nelson Cruz from third. The go-ahead run proved to be the winning run, sending the 5-0 Dominicans to the semifinals and the 3-2 Americans to an elimination game against Puerto Rico on Friday.

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What the managers who were ejected last season said to seal their fates. (Warning: strong language.)

"First, never curse an umpire. Curse the call, say it was a bleeping bad call, but never call the umpire a name. Try not to get personal."—Earl WeaverWeaver on Strategy

"People always want to know whether there’s a magic word. Is it ‘cocksucker’? Is it ‘asshole’? No. The magic word is 'you.'"—Umpire Gary Cederstrom
—As They See ’Em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires, by Bruce Weber


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Ben and Sam discuss the ins and outs of umpire-manager arguments.



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We all want to see more plays called correctly, but altering the existing umpiring system could have unintended consequences.

The subject of instant replay is once again in the hearts and minds and throats and fingers of our nation’s baseball commentators, spurred on by the existence of actual news on the subject:

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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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