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Posted: 04/14/21 08:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been watching the imposed "strike zone" box... on the tube for awhile. It appears to encompass the area between the knees and the belt. I thought it should be between the knees and the letters. ??

Not sure it stretches between a batter 5 foot and a batter 6 foot. What am I missing ?

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Official strike zone - top of knees to chest letters ...

The box you see doesn't change ... the ump adjusts his personal strike zone for each batter. Supposed to do that anyway. Some need glasses [emoticon] or a new tape measure.

We had to adjust strike zone a lot with Little League kids. Some 12 years old were almost six feet, while others were barely five feet.


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That's why big hitters like Aaron Judge can't hit for average and little hitters like Altuve crush the ball.....small strike zone vs big strike zone.

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Judge played for our home team in the Cape Cod Baseball League a few years ago. Yup, he's got a big strike zone ...

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Remember the "BOX" was designed by a computer programmer. He does not play real baseball. .Just a computer game .


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wa8yxm wrote:

Remember the "BOX" was designed by a computer programmer. He does not play real baseball. .Just a computer game .


All his 'players' are the same size [emoticon] ... And none of them can hit a Sandy Koufax curve ball.

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The strike zone in the rule book and the strike zone as called in a major league game are quite different. It should technically go from the knees to half way between the belt and armpit, but it stops around the belt for most MLB umpires. That box you see on broadcasts pretty much reflects it as called, but every umpire is a little different, especially with the width of the zone, so it's not perfect.

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Control pitchers like Greg Maddox had a slightly wider strike zone simply because the catcher would setup slightly outside and he'd deliver it there with incredible consistency.....STRIKE.

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Posted: 04/19/21 12:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think his consistency as a strike thrower and reputation for doing so and being one of the best pitchers in the league got him some extra strike zone love too. A good catcher can definitely steal some strikes, but I think a lot of his wider zone was based on pedigree and reputation. I'd wager that Tom Glavine got just as much if not more preferential treatment this way. He would calls that were 4-6 inches off the plate.

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