MWB wrote:Give me a break about perspective. just because I'm a Yankees fan doesn't mean I don't know how screwed up the financials are. I also know that when small market owners had chances to do something about it they held out their hands, accepted money, and accepted losing.
How would you fix the problem? Big market teams are playing within the financial rules that all the owners accepted. What makes the small and mid market teams say, I care more about level financial playing fields than I do about lining my pocket?
The umpire issue you're talking about is, at most, minuscule, even based on the stats and sites you linked.
Again, if you really think that an umpire expanding the strike zone has little effect, I don't know what to tell you. To borrow from Pat Lackey, who wrote last night:
The offense was quite good, even with home plate umpire Brian O'Nora's terrible strike zone that messed with more than one at-bat (off the top of my head, both Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen took early-count strikes that were several inches off of the plate, which necessitated bad two-strike swings at pitches well out of the strike zone with runners on base at points in the game where a comeback seemed somewhat feasible).
Here's the chart for the Alvarez AB:
Here's the McCutchen AB:
Once an umpire expands the strike zone, it puts the hitter between a rock and a hard place of choosing whether to take a pitch that should be a strike but isn't or chase a pitch he can't hit but has to swing at since he's behind in the count and can't afford to strike out. The fact that it's done under the canard of pitch-framing makes it even more galling.