The Return of UmpShow

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A funny thing happened in Tuesday’s Cubs game… You don’t need technology to know that pitch was way inside, and umpire Lance Barksdale wasn’t exactly positioned properly to call that pitch regardless.  We did talk a bit about the fallibility of both umpires and technology on the Dreamcast, but here Continue reading The Return of UmpShow

Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, #UmpShow, and some Cubs Notes during Rice Cube’s Road Trip

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After a day in Wyoming that I’d rather not have spent (it’s pretty, though, just mostly desolate wasteland–slight embellishment) and a couple more in Salt Lake City past what we’d originally planned, the RiceMobile finally got over its altitude sickness while lightening the RiceWallet, and we’ll be on our way Continue reading Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, #UmpShow, and some Cubs Notes during Rice Cube’s Road Trip

Cubs and Cardinals Illustrate Need for Computerized Strike Calls

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If the weekend has shown us anything about the Cubs and the Cardinals, it is the stark contrast in one talent between the two catchers: pitch framing.  Welington Castillo, while a much improved defensive player, is still deficient in this one critical area of the game.  Yadier Molina, on the Continue reading Cubs and Cardinals Illustrate Need for Computerized Strike Calls

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“By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief. … It was a judgment call, and as such, it stands as final.” –Joe Torre The Twitterverse can be a cruel mistress should you ever find yourself broiled Continue reading Umpshow