Originally Posted by dougdirt
Things like this drive me nuts. Players still play the games. Tradition is nice and all when it doesn't change the outcome of what the players on the field actually did.
I'm sure a lot of what I think drives you nuts. I like baseball. I liked baseball better in the 80's and 90's. The more that is changed with the game the less I like the game, because it is no longer the game it was meant to be. The umpires are a part of the game and always have been.
To be fair, the strike zone is set each game by the umpire. The rule book guides the umpire, but in the end the umpire makes his own interpretation and makes the calls accordingly. The players that aren't brainless pick this up rather easily. Obviously when a team is losing, they need someone to blame; enter the easiest person that's part of the game: the umpire. I think if you are that concerned with the calls being what YOU consider to be right, then you should just stick to video games, but then again I have heard how the video game umpires suck too...who knows?