Madison Bumgarner Had An Endless, Awkward Staredown With Umpire Joe West 

You know Joe West. Of course you know Joe West, because West is the only MLB umpire who thinks you’re there to see him instead of the game. Picking fights, escalating confrontations, offering opinions when none are asked for, and ejecting West craves being the center of attention, and wants nothing more than to eject… »9/25/15 9:11am9/25/15 9:11am

College Ump Takes Nasty Foul Tip Straight To The Mask

Home plate umpire Jim Garman got absolutely rocked by a foul tip in today's West Virginia-Texas baseball game. The swing from Michael Cantu deflected the ball directly into Garman's face, knocking his mask off and sending Garman to the dirt. After a minute of being examined by both team's trainers, however, Garman got… »3/15/15 2:59pm3/15/15 2:59pm

MLB Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt Sat Down For A Pre-Game Interview

MLB umpires rarely sit down with the media, however umpire Hunter Wendelstedt gave Todd Kalas a peek into this year's biggest game changer – the instant replay. Instead of being salty that technology was taking part of his job, Wendelstedt praised the positive impacts that instant replay has made on the game. »9/03/14 12:00am9/03/14 12:00am

Umpire Taps Torii Hunter In The Face After Benches Clear

Umpire Paul Nauert gently slapped, or tapped, Torii Hunter in the face tonight during Detroit's game against the Orioles and it's kind of a strange thing. It seems harmless—obviously he did not injure Torii Hunter—but if the roles were reversed, and Torii Hunter put his hands on an umpire, we'd be discussing whether… »5/12/14 11:37pm5/12/14 11:37pm

When Do Umpires Mess Up Balls And Strikes Calls?

Baseball umpires are not immune to psychological biases, and it's an old adage of baseball commentating that strike zones get smaller when there are two strikes, and larger when there are three balls. In their Sloan finalist paper "What Does it Take to Call a Strike? Three Biases in Umpire Decision Making," authors… »2/25/14 2:08pm2/25/14 2:08pm