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Baseball 101: Strike Zone

baseballclassroom1Baseball is a wonderful sport. It however has a flaw, when it comes to learning about the sport; Fans can sometimes be an elitist. We expect others to automatically know the rules of the game. This can lead to very funny discussions about baseball as people do not always understand the rules. In the coming weeks I am going to share with you the most common topics in baseball and help you understand the fundamentals and history of America’s pastime. You can take this knowledge and impress your friends or win a few bets. (If you win some money you have to share it with me. *Looks over shoulder What do you mean as a Cleat Geek member i am not allowed to take any money?! Fine.)

 

Baseball is a simple game, you throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Let’s talk about the Strike Zone, which is heaven for the pitcher and hell for the batter and if you have a crappy umpire, then its hell for everyone.

 

In the graphic above the strike zone is blue. If you throw a ball in the blue box then its a strike, doesn’t matter that the batter just stood there it’s still a strike.  It is always the same place but if the batter is tall then the strike zone is taller if the batter is short then the strike zone is shorter. I am only 5ft and I would love to see what my strike zone would be; I think it would be non existent and i could just stand up there and walk the whole time.

Back to Stike Zone, now I made in jest a reference to a crappy umpire, but the truth is the umpire job is very hard. You have a 90 mph fastball coming right at you and you have all of a split second to make a call. Thanks to television graphs the strike zone is broken down and umpires can be judged on a whole another level. How do umpires judge themselves? Let’s go to the graphic:

On October 3, 2015 Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals threw a no hitter (for those of you who are new a no hitter is just that, no one got a hit, this is different from a perfect game which is no one got on the base) This one is very special because this was Scherzer’s 2nd no no (a nickname for no hitter) of the season.

In these graphics we can see where the pitches were in the strike zone, Scherzer’s are the triangles. Matt Harvey for the Mets are the squares, which was the pitcher opposite Scherzer on this day. Red is strike and should be in the box. Green are balls and should be outside the box. In the top for right handed hitters, graphic there were a couple of calls out of the strike zone but for the most part everything that was called a strike was within the actual strike zone. In the bottom graphic which is for left handed hitters it shows that strikes were called in the strike zone. You can go to brooksbaseball.net and look up certain games and see where the pitches landed in the strike zone.  If you start to see a lot of red outside the strike zone then the problem may be the umpire.

That’s it for the Baseball 101 Strike Zone. Now go impress your friends with you new found knowledge.

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