• Mark T. Williams

    Mark Williams

    Mark T. Williams is executive-in-residence and a master lecturer in finance and holds the James E. Freeman Lecturer Chair at the BU Questrom School of Business; he is the founder of UmpScores, a performance app used to measure MLB umpire accuracy. Profile

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There are 2 comments on POV: World Series Umpires Did Not Have World-Class Performances This Year

  1. The case has been made…it’s high time for the robo-ups. Humans cannot be expected to accurately and consistently judge the millimeters that separate the outcomes of so many games- it’s just no longer quaint to allow such subjectivity. And if nothing else, it will speed up the games by not giving the “savages” this aspect to argue about.

  2. Are there any figures available for umpire consistency?

    I’m an umpire school graduate and have worked home plate, literally, a thousand times. Players don’t really care what is and what is not a strike. They will adapt. Pitchers will work the corners or the low or high part of the zone early to see what that day’s umpire will allow. Strikes are like works of art, an umpire knows one when he sees one.

    More than anything, pitchers want to know that what you have the courage to call strike two you have the courage to call strike three and batters want to know that what is a ball in the first inning is going to be a ball in the last inning.

    Judging umpires on a right/wrong basis is OK as far as it goes. Consistency is ultimately what those on the field are looking for.

    Thank you for reading this.

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