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Umpires are really accurate, even without replay

Umpires are really accurate, even without replay

Posted by Liliana Castaño on March 28, 2014

It's official. Umpires are right, and they have always been right.

Major League Baseball evaluated expanded replay's potential by looking back at 2013, using the same standard that is behind this season's expansion. To reverse a decision on the field, the evidence must be "clear and convincing." In other words, the call has to be wrong. Clearly wrong.

Last season there was only one reversible call every 6.5 games. So if you are playing for any team, once a week you would see a call that was blatantly incorrect. Could it have been a game-changing call? Sure. Could it have cost you a hit? Sure. But make no mistake about it, umpires get it right -- and they get it right a lot. And that was before expanded replay.

Funny enough, everyone else gets it wrong more than umpires. The players, the fans, the coaches, the managers, the mascots. In fact, sometimes everyone else gets it intentionally wrong -- a manager stalls for time for the pitcher in the bullpen, an outfielder acts as if he caught a ball that he knows he trapped, a coach argues just to set up the advantage for the next call. And funny enough, everyone else is biased, much more so than the umpires, yet they call the umpires out for giving an advantage or making up for another call.

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