Welcome to Better Know An Umpire, an effort to educate ourselves on the human elements who have ultimate decision-making power over some 2,500 Major League Baseball games a year.
Name: Brian Gorman
Uniform number: 9 (crew chief)
Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 200 pounds
First year as MLB umpire: 1991
Total MLB games worked through 2011: 2,588 (home plate: 645)
Previous experience: New York-Penn League, Florida State League, Southern League, American Association
Career ejections: 40
No-hitters called: Zero
Over/under record (1999-2011): 178-212
Hated in: The Bronx
Claim to fame: His father, Tom, umpired more than 3,800 games from 1951 to 1977.
Scouting report from Major League Umpires' Performance, 2007-2010, by Andy Goldblatt:
In 2007, Brian Gorman was a hitters' umpire, but since then his strike zone has expanded. ... But it would be wrong to conclude that Gorman is a pitchers' umpire. His overall R/9 still favors hitters.
Scouting report from an Internet message board:
Worst fcuking homeplate umpire I have seen all year.
Average K/9 (2010): 14.22
Average BB/9 (2010): 6.08
Sample PITCHf/x strike zone: April 16, 2009. Rays manager Joe Maddon was ejected for arguing a disputed foul ball, but all those green squares in the strike zone probably didn't help his temperament.
True fact: His father, Tom, worked home plate for the first game at Shea Stadium on April 17, 1964. Brian worked first base for the last game at Shea Stadium on September 28, 2008.
Strike 3 call:
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