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: Marty Foster
Uniform number: 60
Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 210 pounds
First year as MLB umpire: 1996
Total MLB games worked through 2011: 1,734 (home plate: 429)
Previous experience: Appalachian League, Midwest League, Southern League, International League, Pacific Coast League, American Association, International League
Career ejections: 76
No-hitters called: None
Over/under record (1999-2011): 185-195
Hated in: New York, Detroit
Scouting report from Major League Umpires' Performance, 2007-2010, by Andy Goldblatt:
His lifetime ejection rate is twice the average, and he led the majors in ejections in 2004 and 2005. ... Foster's aggregate numbers reveal he has a larger-than-average strike zone, calling three percent fewer walks and affirming four percent more strikeouts than the typical umpire.
Scouting report from a random blog commenter:
Fuck Marty Foster with a rusty rake. Rivera can do just fine without a five-foot wide strike zone. I hope Lowell fouls 15 pitches in a row off your skull.
Average K/9 (2011): 13.2
Average BB/9 (2011): 6.4
Sample PITCHf/x strike zone: September 13, 2009. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was ejected for arguing a called third strike. (That would be the red triangle outside the left part of the strike zone.)
True fact: Is a huge University of Wisconsin football fan.
Strike 3 call:
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