Good catching or bad umpiring

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PDM

Jun 18, 2019
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I’ll bet he adjusted on a regular basis. All mlb players do. Do you think the umps today are any worse then they were at any time in history? Or do we as fans just have a box on the screen now that tells us if it’s a good or bad call. DiMaggio and Gwynn and all the other historically high walk to K ratio players had to adjust. Fans didn’t know because they didn’t have a box

As for Nick Swisher, he had several years in his career with more Ks then hits and never once had more walks then Ks. His knowledge of the strikes zone might have been high, but you cant
Tell by the results.
Ted Williams may have invented this approach and definitely made it famous via his book. Williams was an incredibly disciplined hitter. He did not adjust to the umpires and anecdotal evidence suggests that umpires were less likely to call him out on strikes that were close because he knew the strike zone so well. I wouldn't count on any girl playing school or club softball to gain that kind of reputation, but employing the strategy of only swinging at pitches that one has the best chance to hit safely is certainly a good idea.
 

RADcatcher

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Dec 13, 2019
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The one needing to learn is the umpire needs to learn the strike zone. That is completely incompetent.
The best thing is for the pitcher, catcher, batters and team to learn is what the umpire is calling.
So they are all more competent in the game!

*Every game!
*Every umpire!
 
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Nov 26, 2010
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Ted Williams may have invented this approach and definitely made it famous via his book. Williams was an incredibly disciplined hitter. He did not adjust to the umpires and anecdotal evidence suggests that umpires were less likely to call him out on strikes that were close because he knew the strike zone so well. I wouldn't count on any girl playing school or club softball to gain that kind of reputation, but employing the strategy of only swinging at pitches that one has the best chance to hit safely is certainly a good idea.
Yes on strike 1 and 2. On 3 you must expand a bit and hit the close ones. At least try to foul them off.
 
Jul 19, 2021
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Ted Williams may have invented this approach and definitely made it famous via his book. Williams was an incredibly disciplined hitter. He did not adjust to the umpires and anecdotal evidence suggests that umpires were less likely to call him out on strikes that were close because he knew the strike zone so well. I wouldn't count on any girl playing school or club softball to gain that kind of reputation, but employing the strategy of only swinging at pitches that one has the best chance to hit safely is certainly a good idea.
No MLB hitter does and it's naïve to think that they should. People need to learn that this isn't a one size fits all situation like they are trying to make it. What is a good practice for 12u softball isn't necessarily the same thing a MLB hitter should do.
 

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