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Old 06-19-2017, 01:02 AM   #4
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Thing a lot of folks don't realize is that those two-dimensional strike zone boxes don't account for the three-dimensional zone. Think of the zone as a hologram projected in the shape of home plate. It is established by the batter and locked in at the moment the pitcher releases the ball. It starts at the hollow below the knee cap of the batter and extends up to the mid-point between the waist and shoulders. A ball that travels through any part of that area is a strike. Note that it does not matter where the ball is caught or ends up, so long as it goes through the zone. Umpires who make the zone their "own" are doing a dis-service to the game.

If MLB wants to speed up the pace of play, then call a rulebook zone as described above. Batters have to swing the bats, action is encouraged, games move along.
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