Angel Hernandez makes MLB's worst call in four years

Talkin' Baseball
16 Apr 202429:53

Summary

TLDRIn this episode of 'Jimmy's Three Things,' host Jimmy dives into the world of baseball with a focus on three distinct topics. First, he discusses the controversial calls made by umpire Angel Hernandez during the Astros-Rangers game, using Baseball Savant to analyze and compare the pitch locations of called strikes throughout the season. Jimmy then touches on an article from The Athletic about Diamond Baseball Holdings' acquisition of minor league teams, expressing concerns about the potential monopolization and corporatization of these local sports entities. Lastly, he shares his personal hobby of identifying 'twin pitches'β€”strikingly similar pitches that are categorized differently in Baseball Savantβ€”using overlays to highlight the subtle differences in pitch names and classifications. The episode concludes with a historical baseball anecdote from 'Tales From The Dugout' and an invitation for viewers to suggest topics for future deep dives.

Takeaways

  • πŸ“Š Angel Hernandez made a historically bad call in the Astros vs. Rangers game, which was the most off-target strike call since 2020 according to Baseball Savant.
  • 🏠 Diamond Baseball Holdings is buying up minor league baseball teams, raising concerns about monopolization but also potentially improving player treatment and stadium conditions.
  • πŸ” The consolidation of minor league teams under one company could lead to a more consistent and professional approach to minor league operations, but also risks losing the local charm of the sport.
  • βš–οΈ There's a debate over whether the centralization of baseball under Major League Baseball's umbrella, including Little League, is beneficial or detrimental to the sport's diversity and integrity.
  • πŸ€” The speaker is unsure about the full implications of a single group owning minor league teams and suggests that it could lead to a lack of variety and local identity in the sport.
  • ⚾️ The article on The Athletic discusses the pros and cons of Diamond Baseball Holdings' aggressive acquisition of minor league teams, highlighting both the potential benefits and risks.
  • πŸ‘Ž Concerns are raised about the potential loss of local staff and changes to team names and town identities that could come with the acquisition of minor league teams by a single entity.
  • πŸ‘ The article mentions that Diamond Baseball Holdings is retaining local staff and making positive changes to stadiums and teams, which could be seen as a positive development for minor league baseball.
  • πŸ“ˆ The group's acquisition strategy started in the southern United States and has expanded to various regions, including the Midwest, Arizona, and California, indicating a broad geographical interest.
  • πŸ“š The speaker shares a story from the book 'Tales From The Dugout' about an unusual play in a 1907 baseball game where a first baseman picked up a runner and threw him off the base.
  • 🎲 The speaker has a hobby of searching for 'twin pitches' on Baseball Savant, which are pitches that are nearly identical in terms of release point, break, and speed but are called different names.

Q & A

  • What was the main topic of discussion in the video?

    -The main topic of discussion was the poor umpiring call made by Angel Hernandez during the Astros Rangers game and how it compared to other bad calls in history.

  • What was the significance of the pitch made by JP France to White Langford?

    -The pitch made by JP France to White Langford was significant because it was identified as the worst call of the season by Baseball Savant, with a measurement of 1.4 off the plate.

  • What did the host do to find the worst umpiring calls?

    -The host used Baseball Savant to search for all called strikes in the season with specific parameters to find pitches that were far off the plate but still called as strikes.

  • What was the host's opinion about the impact of a new automated ball tracking system on umpires?

    -The host expressed concern that the transition to an automated ball tracking system could be messy, as many umpires are accustomed to calling a different strike zone and may need retraining.

  • What was the second topic discussed in the video?

    -The second topic discussed was an update from an Athletic article about the minor league system and how Diamond Baseball Holdings is buying up minor league teams.

  • What is the potential concern with Diamond Baseball Holdings owning many minor league teams?

    -The potential concern is that it could lead to a monopolization of the minor leagues, making the teams feel more corporate and less local, which could detract from the unique character of each team.

  • What was the host's hobby discussed in the video?

    -The host's hobby is finding 'twin pitches' which are essentially the same pitch but called by different names in baseball statistics.

  • What criteria does the host use to identify twin pitches?

    -The host looks for pitches with the same release point, plate X, break, and venue to ensure the camera angles are the same. The pitches must not be put in play so the full flight can be seen and must be called by different names.

  • What was the purpose of the random page flip to 'Tales From The Dugout'?

    -The random page flip was done to share an interesting or uplifting tale from the book, in this case, an unusual play involving a first baseman lifting a base runner and tagging him out.

  • What is the host's view on the MLB owning Rawlings, the company that makes their balls?

    -The host finds it concerning that MLB owns Rawlings, as it could lead to biases and has already had an impact on the game, as referenced in the discussion about the 2019 season.

  • What is the 'One Baseball' initiative mentioned in the video?

    -The 'One Baseball' initiative, led by Commissioner Rob Manfred, aims to consolidate all aspects of baseball under one umbrella, from the MLB to the Little League World Series.

Outlines

00:00

πŸ“Ί Introduction to Jimmy's Three Things on Talking Baseball

The video begins with the host, Jimmy, welcoming viewers to his show, 'Jimmy's Three Things,' which is part of the Dan Patrick Network. He mentions that they will discuss three main topics: a controversial call made by Angel Hernandez in a recent baseball game, an update on the minor league system being bought up by a single company, and his personal hobby of identifying 'twin pitches' in baseball. Jimmy also shares his approach to the show, which involves live screen sharing and a casual, interactive discussion with the audience.

05:01

πŸ₯Ž Analyzing Angel Hernandez's Controversial Calls

Jimmy dives into the first topic by examining the missed calls made by Angel Hernandez during a game between the Astros and the Rangers. He uses Baseball Savant to search for similar instances of bad calls and discovers that Hernandez has made some of the worst calls in recent seasons. Jimmy also discusses the impact of umpire positioning and the potential for bias in their calls. He highlights the need for better training and standardization as new technologies, like the automatic ball tracking system, are being introduced to the game.

10:02

πŸ“‰ The Impact of Diamond Baseball Holdings on Minor Leagues

The second topic addresses an article from The Athletic about Diamond Baseball Holdings, a group that is buying up minor league teams. Jimmy expresses concern about the potential monopolization of minor league baseball and the loss of local identity. However, he also acknowledges that the group has made positive changes, such as better pay for players and improved stadium conditions. He discusses the implications of this trend for the future of baseball, including the potential for a unified baseball structure from Little League to the Major Leagues.

15:03

πŸ€” The Challenges of Transitioning to Automated Ball Tracking

Jimmy talks about the potential issues that may arise when transitioning to an automated ball tracking system. He worries that the current umpires, who are accustomed to a different strike zone, may struggle to adapt and that this could lead to a chaotic transition period. He also mentions the ongoing practice of challenging calls in the minor leagues and how players are starting to accept the new system.

20:05

πŸ† The Tale of George Merritt's Unusual Play

In a brief aside, Jimmy shares an anecdote from the book 'Tales From The Dugout' by Tim Hagerty. The story recounts an incident in a 1907 Class A Eastern League game where first baseman George Merritt lifted a base runner and dropped him between bases before tagging him out. The umpire missed Merritt's move and called the runner out, highlighting an unusual and aggressive play in the history of baseball.

25:05

🎣 Jimmy's Hobby: The Hunt for Twin Pitches

The final topic of the video is Jimmy's personal hobby of searching for 'twin pitches' on Baseball Savant. These are pitches that are nearly identical in terms of release point, plate location, and break but are called by different names. Jimmy explains the criteria he uses to identify twin pitches and shares several examples, including cutters and sliders, and discusses the subtle differences that might account for their distinct labels.

Mindmap

Keywords

πŸ’‘Angel Hernandez

Angel Hernandez is a Major League Baseball umpire who is mentioned in the script for making a series of controversial calls during a game between the Astros and Rangers. His decisions are discussed as potentially the worst in the history of umpire auditing, highlighting the theme of the video which is focused on errors and peculiarities in baseball umpiring.

πŸ’‘Baseball Savant

Baseball Savant is a website that provides comprehensive baseball statistics. In the script, it is used to analyze and compare the pitches made by different players, particularly focusing on the accuracy of strike calls. It plays a crucial role in the video's exploration of umpiring errors.

πŸ’‘Minor League System

The Minor League System refers to the hierarchical structure of professional baseball leagues in the United States and Canada, which is a stepping stone for players to reach the Major League. The script discusses an article about the minor leagues being bought up by one company, Diamond Baseball Holdings, which is a significant development in the business side of baseball.

πŸ’‘Umpire Auditing

Umpire Auditing is the process of reviewing and assessing the performance of baseball umpires, particularly in terms of their accuracy in making calls. The script mentions the largest miss in umpire auditing history, emphasizing the importance of accurate officiating in the sport.

πŸ’‘Twin Pitches

Twin Pitches is a hobby of the speaker where he searches for pitches that are nearly identical in terms of release point, break, and speed but are called by different names. This concept is used in the video to illustrate the subtle nuances and complexities involved in the pitching aspect of baseball.

πŸ’‘Marcus Strotman

Marcus Strotman is a professional baseball player mentioned in the script as an example when searching for called strikes on Baseball Savant. His mention serves to demonstrate the process of how the speaker investigates the accuracy of umpire calls during games.

πŸ’‘Plate X and Plate Z

Plate X and Plate Z are coordinates used to define the strike zone in baseball analytics. The script discusses these coordinates in the context of searching for pitches that were far off the plate but still called as strikes, which is central to the video's examination of umpiring decisions.

πŸ’‘Diamond Baseball Holdings

Diamond Baseball Holdings is a company that is buying up minor league baseball teams across the United States. The script presents this as a potentially concerning trend towards monopolization in the minor leagues, which could have significant implications for the future of baseball at the local level.

πŸ’‘Umpire Head Placement

Umpire Head Placement refers to where the umpire positions their head during a pitch, which can affect their perspective and call accuracy. The script discusses how certain umpires' head placement may lead to incorrect calls, tying into the video's focus on the human element of officiating and its impact on the game.

πŸ’‘Automatic Ball Tracking System

The Automatic Ball Tracking System is a technology used to automatically determine if a pitch is a ball or a strike. The script mentions this system in the context of potential future implementations in Major League Baseball, which could reduce the impact of human error in umpiring decisions.

πŸ’‘MLB Umpire Training

MLB Umpire Training refers to the process by which Major League Baseball officials train and prepare umpires for their duties. The script expresses concern over how the transition to new technologies, like the Automatic Ball Tracking System, might disrupt traditional training methods and affect the consistency of strike zone calls.

Highlights

Angel Hernandez made a historically bad call in the Astros-Rangers game, which was analyzed using data from umpire auditor.

The call was 6.78 inches outside, marking the largest miss in umpire auditor history.

Using Baseball Savant, the worst call of the season on a ball on that side of the plate was identified.

JP France's pitch to White Langford was found to be the most outside pitch called a strike this season.

Angel Hernandez has claimed three of the top four worst calls off the plate this season.

An exploration into the impact of umpire head placement on their ability to accurately call pitches.

The potential issues with transitioning to an automatic ball tracking system due to varying strike zone interpretations.

Diamond Baseball Holdings is buying up minor league teams, raising concerns about monopolization.

The article on Athletic.com discusses the pros and cons of Diamond Baseball Holdings' aggressive acquisitions.

Commissioner Rob Manfred's 'One Baseball' initiative aims to consolidate all aspects of the game under one umbrella, which could be problematic.

MLB owning Rawlings, the company that makes their balls, has raised concerns about the integrity of the game.

A tale from 'Tales From The Dugout' book where a first baseman lifted a base runner and tagged him out.

The host's hobby of finding 'twin pitches' - identical pitches that are called different names on Baseball Savant.

Examples of twin pitches include Mitch Keller's cutter and Lambert's slider, which are essentially the same pitch.

The importance of release point, height, and break in differentiating pitches, even when they appear identical.

The impact of grip and mental approach on a pitcher's ability to throw similar pitches with different names.

A call to action for viewers to suggest topics for deep dives, such as player analysis or team-specific inquiries.

Transcripts

00:00

hello and welcome to Jimmy's three

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things today on the show we're going to

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see how far back in time we have to go

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to find a call worse than the one Angel

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Hernandez made in the Astros Rangers

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game we have an interesting kind of odd

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update from an athletic article about

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the minor league system and what's going

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on over there all the minor leagues are

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being bought up by one company and then

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a little insight into my hobby which is

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finding twin pitches I found a good one

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the other day in a session where I was

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searching for twin pitches I'm going to

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take a sip of my coffee and then we will

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start all right thank you very much for

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joining as I said it's Jimmy's three

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things and we are with the Dan Patrick

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Network now so if you're tuning in on

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that new RSS feed iHeart podcast thank

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you very much for joining my name is

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Jimmy this is uh a talking baseball uh

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episode there's a a series that I run on

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the talking baseball Youtube channel so

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if you want any of the visuals you can

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head there or you can listen on the

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podcast once a week deep Dives or

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shallow Dives whatever I want to do

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three topics that I think I'm interested

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in and I want to spend some time I

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fiddle around on my computer so you can

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see my screen you can see my searching

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and then I talk out loud and it's kind

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of just like you guys were all here

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together little intimate session I'm

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very bad at math that's something you

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need to know and sometimes I talk fast

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and I I mess up my words I'm not you

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know a professional I'm not uh Conan on

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hot ones that was incredible he did

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anyway let's get into it the first one

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so over the weekend we had these three

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missed calls by Angel Hernandez in the

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Texas and uh Astros game that were

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incredible uh just absolutely incredible

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M calls three in a row and one at

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bat outside righty pitcher righty batter

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outside pitch with break got the first

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call gets the second call says I guess

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I'll just stay out there boom gets the

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third that third one is incredibly

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outside actually thanks to umpire

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auditor we know that it was 6.78 in

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outside uh which is the largest Miss in

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umpire auditor

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history unbelievable shout out to mattye

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mass who does the morning show with me

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someone uh or I'll shout them out Adam

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Samuel said I need someone to Overlay

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Anthony Rizzo in the Batters box for

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that last pitch because I'm convinced

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that last pitch would have hit him and

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Angel called it a strike and mattye mass

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um producer here uh well he's more than

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a producer but he produces the morning

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show and is uh does a lot for us uh made

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the edit on Twitter and uh it was close

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might have hit him I think Rizzo stood

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closer to that at times and gotten hit

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by a pitch get the Fram Brett bat maybe

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maybe that's one he took but uh so just

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a bad call so I wanted to go to baseball

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Savant and see if that's the worst call

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call uh on a ball on that side of the

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plate that far off the plate this

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season so first I tried to find if we

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have the coordinates uh for plate X and

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plate Z that's what they use and someone

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on Reddit uh Jay remky three years ago

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said um what are the plate coordinates

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for the strike zone and then he says I

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sampled data from statcast only included

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pitches in the zone and found the

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coordinates to be the following so he

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has if the pitches um

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more than .8 and less than

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8 that's off the Zone left and right so

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I guess that means from the dead center

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of the plate we're

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going an eighth of

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a I don't know point8 away both

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sides so I did that so what I did was I

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went to baseball Savant okay which I use

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a lot and I

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searched for all called strikes

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in the season 2024 on pitches that were

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greater than or equal

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to

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83 and what I did was I just took one

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pitcher at first to make sure I was on

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the right path and I I typed in Marcus

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strowman so he has1 pitches and then if

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I pitch chart it because it's less data

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so the pitch chart will populate quicker

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you can see in the pitch chart that yes

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okay we have the line we're looking at

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all all pitches off the plate if you're

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a righty batter it's away from you so

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now I'm going to cancel it and not make

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it so it can be any picture at all and

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search and we're going to change the

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included stats of the search to include

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plate X so we can toggle it by that

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um and then we're going to group the

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results by player and event someone in

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the comments last week let me know that

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that's how you do it so they don't take

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the average so when we find the highest

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and lowest hit ball when we come back to

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that I know a better way to do it now

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thanks to that person in the comments I

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forget who you were so this is

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populating all of them and because I

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changed the parameters it took away the

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plate X so let me put that back in here

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and I that umpire auditor says that

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that's the most outside pitch called a

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strike

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um and here it is JP France the

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pitcher and it was this has as 1.4 so I

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don't know I don't know what 1.4 is I

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don't know what that measurement is but

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yeah there there it is that's the angel

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be happy with that especially with the B

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loed one

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out Bases Loaded one out so that's the

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that's the most this season by a good

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amount the next is oh look this is the

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same game so the second one comes from a

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different game but then the third and

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the fourth come from the same game that

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Angel Hernandez made all those calls but

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a different at bats because Dane Dunning

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the pitcher uh for the Rangers saw what

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Angel was doing and was

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like I'll do that so in the bottom oh

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actually he got one first in the third

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inning so here's Angel again in the same

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game to Altuve this wasn't that Viral

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bat this at bat this was a different one

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oh and we're toggling and we're waiting

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and it's loading I'll just load another

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one while we here and then this was the

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fifth

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inning here's Jose alve with a one

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oh it's good to have you back in the

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booth I know you watch every game so

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Angel has want to know the count to Yer

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Diaz so Angel has won three of the top

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four this season off the plate that way

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and

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then here's one uh Ronald Blanco also

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Texas Houston series so

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someone Alo also Wyatt Langford isn't

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that the JP France one is white Langford

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okay that's interesting so same

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stadium or no was this did they play

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like a home and away like two

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games three Innings tonight nine innings

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yeah this is different Stadium different

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Stadium but same two

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teams same batter though do wonder if

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there's any of him reacting I did a

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whole breakdown on this on like some

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batters some umps call it on not the

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pitch just all the surroundings like the

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old school umps um and like he throws

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his hands at it no I don't know you know

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what it is I I did a whole breakdown on

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this like if we click on any of

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these let's see who this one is

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one this is Boston Cole Irvin on the

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bump I'm going to guess they're all

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righty pitchers righty

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batters oh Lefty pitcher wrong instantly

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wrong

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Pao re second

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ton I mean

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that's you understand a righty pitcher

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because the ball has to come across at

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least from the body this one's just

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never even there I don't know what that

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H's doing

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uh okay so let's so it's

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1.14 let's go back and include now I'm

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going to change this

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to um greater than 1 Point Angel hernand

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has got three of the top four and the

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third one is 1.25 so I'm going to go

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1.24 I'm going to see how many years do

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we have to go back where he gets beat if

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I include 2023 in the search and up it

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just so it has to it gives us less info

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is Angel still the leader sort by f x

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Angel no well he could be the UMP in any

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of these games so a lot last year which

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obvious obviously is a bigger data size

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now what I'm interested in is when I

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click these

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videos the majority I would guess a

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righty pitcher righty batter and the

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Umpire is his head is set up way on the

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inside corner giving himself a weird

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angle and I'm wrong already the first

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three are Lefty pitchers so just I've

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been wrong every time I've said that but

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let's see the Umpire thing see where the

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umpire's head is because that's what

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starting pitchers have to figure out

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these older umpires and it's for safety

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so you can't knock it too much they were

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taught to put their head on the Inside

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Edge no matter where the glove is oh man

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that's so off off the

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plate oh let's see another one anyway

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Angels is still the worst the 1.4 still

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beats that one uh let's see if it beats

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the next two from last year so how many

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years do we have to go back cuz umpire

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auditor said in its history so is it

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going to be every year it's the worst in

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the last 10 years of collecting video of

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these instances is that what we're

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saying no oh this is the is this

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the same ump as the Red Sox series I

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think it

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is look where his head is no way that

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got called a strike in a two-run game in

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the bottom of the eighth inning who's

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this umpire let's go 2023

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May 22nd

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Miami Colorado

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reference this home plate umpire is

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Bruce

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drekman I haven't heard that name which

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means he's maybe not that bad oh here's

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the guy here's CB Buckner he is maybe

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the worst at this just awful look at his

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head it's not it's nowhere close he

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doesn't even like try to tilt his head

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to track the ball to get on the same

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angle as the ball to move with the

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catcher I did a video on uh was it Tay

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or was it hoberg who had a perfect game

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in the World Series he moves his head

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with the catcher so we can see the path

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of the ball where it's coming from this

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is a breaking ball from a lefty so it

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the closest it is to the strike zone is

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at the very end and it's still not over

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the plate and it looks like Do's not

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even looking at it

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that's

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disappointing all right so if I go to

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last year JP France the pitch is still

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the the longest um let's just toggle

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this to 1.39 so it's only going to give

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us and in the stat cast error so I'm

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going back to 2015 pitches called that

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were across the plate at 1.39 or higher

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and were called a strike we'll see if

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this pitch by Angel hernandz is is truly

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according to Savant the worst in the

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last whatever every years oh it doesn't

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Okay so there's been oh there's

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been no way do these have video or are

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these wrong this one says

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4.45 I'm going to guess this is early

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hit

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tracks and not true a game from 2016 and

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we have video Steven

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pascotti this has to be a blip yeah was

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going to ask you so like hit track just

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didn't pick that up it was kind of right

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down the middle now this next one is 184

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could that really be that far off the

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plate one off given first and second

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nobody out seventh Inn goes after the

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first pitch hum blade umpire in the che

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ah he might have called that on the

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check swing so I don't count that all

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right L seino

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2016 let's see this one Yankees

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two Sandy had four RBI Friday at Dodger

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Stadium so I think we can't count

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2016 maybe we can count 2017 all the

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2016 ones are uh like this the stat cast

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is wrong it's it's clearly not picking

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it up right 2017 Julio Tyron let's see

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what he's got how bad was this

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call but dating back to that second game

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in New York where the right down the

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middle 2021 this is my last hope that

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I'm getting out of here um because all

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these are just they're just wrong

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numbers they should probably change that

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on baseball Savon or something although

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who else is doing this exercise besides

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me not sure about the advanced stats

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there with Earl Weaver oh no way but he

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no way okay this is the worst one we've

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had uh that is

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incredible so who is this this is Trey

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Mancini is the at the plate Buck farmer

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is the pitcher it's a 5-1 game in the

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eighth with two on

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and this

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pitch no way look at the umps head you

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can't even see it he's so far off the

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plate on the right side oh that's

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crazy what umpire is this is he still

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umping Baltimore and Detroit Baltimore

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Detroit

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reference head umpire Ramon De Jesus

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he's still uh umpiring oh that

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is that is worse than angels

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by far that's worse than

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Angels how does that happen good for you

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Angel he was

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worse 2020 this might have accurate

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tracking because I believe they switched

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all the to Eagle Eye at some point in

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2020 or some point they switched all the

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Data Tracking stuff uh in the

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stadiums this is our guy brawt

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pitching I don't know

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20 pitch so old school ire are going to

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expand the Zone there a little bit

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that's just not a strike you know I was

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watching last night I'm gonna find out

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who this umpire is pit and

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KC I was watching the quad box last

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night MLB

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TV has uh their MLB I don't even know

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what they call it but it's like Red Zone

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where you can watch four games at once

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this umpire in this game was Ed Hickock

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so the the bad newss is we're not

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running into just one name I think it

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would be better if there just one name

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but I was I was

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watching

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um the four games at a time last night

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on the MLB Extra Innings or whatever the

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hell it's called and at one point Corbin

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carrols up and they call a strike just

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way high and they call it a strike and

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Tory LEL is and dug out like this and

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then in the bottom right the pitch at

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the same time in the they it might have

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been the A's game Sunny gra was pitching

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against the a he gets a call that's

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below and they call it a strike and it

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was like two out of the four games they

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were showing the two pitches at the same

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time were were called incorrectly and

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they were getting frustrated and I was

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thinking this is push is going to come

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to shove here I know at triaa they're

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practicing the automatic ball

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system and players like the system where

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they get to challenge it first there's a

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video of Paul SK challenging it if I can

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find that

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SK challenge pitch is not going to come

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up and um yeah here it is so

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he he's a a two- two count with two outs

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and two on and the um calls out a ball

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and he Taps his head immediately so the

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Umpire Taps his head and then they go to

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challenge it and in like 4 seconds it

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comes up on the big screen and yep he

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got the corner it's a strike it's strike

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three the inning's over simple as that

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that's a good system I like that system

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my only like concern is you got to

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graduate a ton of bumps from Triple A

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that have been using this system and

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understand that Strike Zone because the

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umpires that have been in the league for

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so long they're calling a different

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strike zone so if they change to this

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system and have the you know the

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automatic ball tracking system and the

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umpires call it and then but for

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egregious ones the pitcher and catcher

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they have like two seconds to challenge

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it it's going to be so sloppy because so

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many of these umps call a different

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Strike Zone and just quite frankly like

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aad B Strike Zone because of their head

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placement h on the inside corner the

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outside is just an absolute mess and

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you'll see it watch CB Buckner up watch

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Angel um their heads just aren't in the

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right place to make the call which I

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think is a safety concern Let's uh end