Umpires Behind Shrinking Baseball Scores

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baseballAccording to a new study, Major League Baseball’s expanded strike zone and umpires are to blame for plummeting scores. The average runs scored per game is now at 4.07, down from 4.17 last year, and down from 5.14 in 2000. However, the umpires aren’t just calling more strikes.

The rate of correct strike calls has increased 9 percent from 2007 to 2013, and the correct ball rate has increased 26.3 percent. Lower strikes (the ones by the batter’s knees) are being called more often, and those are some of the most difficult.

“As a result, we see pitchers throwing low in the zone more often,” said Brian Mills, the assistant professor at University of Florida who wrote the study. Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Why do they even need Umpires anymore? They can have computers giving out the calls. Every pitch that comes in is psychoanalyzed by 20 different camera angles these days, anyway.

  2. SERIOUSLY SPEAKING:
    This Is A Great Article Matzav, I Want More Sports News. I Am Very Serious Not Like All The Comments Above.
    Thank You,
    Chaimy

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