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  1. Major League Baseball announced umpire assignments for the 2020 #WorldSeries between the Los Angeles #Dodgers and Tampa Bay #Rays, featuring a crew of seven MLB umpires led by chief Bill Miller. Full roster and rotation for the Fall Classic follows. Crew Chief Miller is indicated in bold... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  2. When Tampa Bays RF Manuel Margot leaped to catch an inning-ending fly out during Game 2 of the Astros-Rays ALCS, he wasn't the only man who sprinted to make a play. Enter umpire Manny Gonzalez, fresh off his first-career ALCS plate assignment, who ran from his position as the right field umpire to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  3. During Los Angeles' NLCS Game 3 blowout of Atlanta, Dodgers batter Justin Turner was awarded first base after sticking his foot into a first-inning pitch. This uncalled distinct kicking motion exposed a problem with Replay Review and pointed out a plate umpire's vulnerability to catcher positioning... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
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    The rule states "batter-runner going to first base." Delay/linger can be a criterion to help determine whether the batter has fulfilled the responsibility of "going to first base" but the rule ultimately requires the batter-runner to (attempt to) be going to first base and the catcher to (attempt to) be fielding the ball.
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    INT or not

    How is it that we both think to illustrate the difference between an incidental entanglement and lingering, but we use completely different plays to illustrate the interference (all of those plays are absolutely the right ones to use as examples)? I guess there's no shortage of batters standing and staring at a ball in the air.
  6. When Rays batter-runner Manuel Margot became entangled with Astros catcher Martin Maldonado after bunting during Game 3 of the 2020 ALCS, HP Umpire Jeff Nelson signaled "safe" in lieu of interference. Was this call correct and what do Carlton Fisk and Ed Armbrister in the 1975 World Series have to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  7. Between umpires John Tumpane and Pat Hoberg, only two out of 276 callable pitches seen Monday were improperly officiated. When we introduced UEFL f/x 3.0's multi-stage plate score format for the 2020 MLB postseason, we explained that baseball's strike zone computer runs in phases, returning... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  8. When home plate umpire John Tumpane stepped off the field following Game 2 of the 2020 American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays, he accomplished a UEFL first: Tumpane called a perfect game with 135 correct calls over 135 callable pitches thrown for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  9. 100% on ZE happens from time to time. 100% on UEFL f/x not so much. 100% on ML Public...never. At the bottom of every postseason Discussion post, we have the highest performers of prior rounds based on UEFL f/x numbers: The highest plate score during the 2018 LCS and Postseason was Joe West's 99.4% (ALCS Gm 3). The highest plate score during the 2019 LCS was Cory Blaser's 98.9% (ALCS Gm 2). The highest overall plate score during the 2019 postseason was James Hoye's 99.3% (NLDS Gm 4). The highest plate score so far during the 2020 postseason is Jordan Baker's 99.4% (ALWC Gm 1).
  10. CloseCallSports.com will once again report umpire plate scores (both preliminary and final numbers) for the American and National League Championship Series. Listed below are the 2020 ALCS and NLCS home plate assignments for the Astros-Rays and Braves-Dodgers matchups, beginning with Manny... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  11. MLB announced umpire assignments for 2020's American and National League Championship Series. The roster features umpires in seven-person crews led by chiefs Jeff Nelson (ALCS) and Jim Reynolds (NLCS). Crew Chiefs are indicated in bold text and by the -cc suffix, regular season crew... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  12. Before Tampa Bay eliminated New York from the 2020 postseason, HP Umpire Marvin Hudson had a key 0-2 ball call during Rays batter Mike Brosseau's 8th inning at-bat vs Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman, but was it correct? We ran the numbers and checked in with Robo-Ump for the verdict. With the score... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  13. When we introduced UEFL f/x 3.0, we spoke of the plate score tool's transparency, accuracy, timeliness, and thoroughness for ball/strike umpire analysis. One question we received asks why numbers by another ump scorecard source doesn't match ours. To begin, there exist roughly two main methods for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  14. While watching MLB's 2020 postseason, 32-year Major League umpire and 16-yr Crew Chief Dale Scott noticed a troubling trend toward labeling, perception, and prejudgment, writing the following Op/Ed article exclusive to CloseCallSports following Angel Hernandez and CB Bucknor's Division Series plate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  15. USA Today's Chris Bumbaca executed a most incredible self-own in the very first sentence of an article attempting to criticize umpire CB Bucknor's Yankees-Rays strike zone, writing, "blaming the umpires is a lazy excuse, especially in the playoffs." Facts and figures cited by Bumbaca himself... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
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