Nope. Somehow, nearly five years in, most of the league’s men in blue still can’t remember that Judge is tall.
If it seems like the Yankees star gets disrespected by the umps with a series of low strike calls that hit at a higher-than-normal frequency, that’s because that’s exactly what’s happening.
Luckily, someone at @CodifyBaseball put together a lowlight reel this week of the most egregious well-below-the-knees strikes Judge has had to shrug off in recent years, and it’s very difficult to watch this 10-car pileup in action.
Imagine how well Judge would perform if he wasn’t constantly being told to protect the ball 6 inches below the zone over the plate?
Could see less dipping and diving for sliders! It’s quite possible!
These low strike calls against Yankees star Aaron Judge are horrid.
Yes, for years upon years, decades upon decades, and perhaps an entire eon, Judge’s strike zone has been misinterpreted. This video isn’t shedding light on a new problem; it’s simply laying bare a league-wide issue that should probably have been corrected by now.
Surely, Judge isn’t the only player who’s become accustomed to bad umpiring derailing his at-bats. But the same issue, over and over again?
Plus, isn’t he a superstar by now? In the NBA, there’s such a thing as a “superstar call”? In this league, can we at least get “superstar fairness”?
The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler shared a devastating pitch plot in midsummer 2019 that unfortunately hasn’t normalized much in the years that have followed. Back then, Judge was getting roasted by low strikes in a “next man up” season where the Yankees really couldn’t afford any nonsense.
Now? Um … same?
Typically, Judge doesn’t lose his cool much, and has passively allowed plenty of umpires to continue to run roughshod over his strike zone these past few years.
Can we just save this tweet to a disc and mail it to MLB’s headquarters every day until this problem gets corrected?
A 162-game Judge season, largely unimpeded by umpire stupidity. All we ask.