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Ump Larry Vanover's Phantom Strike Zone

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Monday, April 16, 2012 by

Bottom of the 9th. Runners on first and second. Two outs. Tampa Bay up by one run on Boston. It's all down to Cody Ross vs. Fernando Rodney. Rodney throws five straight balls. Only umpire Larry Vanover decided that three of them were strikes. Because apparently the strike zone is something you can change when ever you see fit.

Here is the Amica Pitch Zone (click to enlarge):



...and so you don't think i'm biased for using Boston's own pitch zone image, here is the the strikezone plot from BrooksBaseball (click to enlarge):


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  1. I can see 4 maybe being on the outside corner, but I have no idea what that guy was looking at. I know that baseball is hesitant to implement a lot of replay, but fox track or pitch track or whatever it is called; this is the reason that it is needed.

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  2. yes exactly. Its gross. If they don't want to implement replay why not just train the umps better? I mean these were blatant balls that did not need replay to be called.

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