Comments: Umpires and judges

Now that's some good posting.

I remember a few years ago when an umpire defended his ball and strike calls saying something like "well, that's just my strike zone." Uh, no. It's not your strike zone, it's baseball's strike zone.

One of my favorite umpires was Doug Harvey. On his last game before retiring he told the managers of both teams (don't remember which) that, tonight, he was going to call the strike zone exactly as written in the rule book. The game was over in something like 2 hours and 17 minutes.

Posted by Tuning Spork at September 13, 2005 06:20 PM

Great story! Yeah, and make the batter stay in the box during his at-bat.

Posted by Debbye at September 13, 2005 10:53 PM

"One more thing: the Official Baseball Rules are a lot longer than the U.S. Constitution."

Well, yes, but of course most of the work of the courts involves statutory rather than constitutional interpretation, unglamourous though that might be. I'm pretty sure the US Code (not to even mention the Code of Federal Regulations) is actually longer than the Official Rules of Baseball. ;-)

Posted by Dave J at September 16, 2005 12:22 AM

I get what you're saying, Dave, but actually the Official Baseball Rules are every bit as terse as the U.S. Constitution and every word contains meaning.

I think you in particular would enjoy the "Accepting Rulings" interspersed throughout the OBR. If only our own laws were so clear-cut.

Posted by Debbye at September 22, 2005 12:55 PM