Calling more strikes may be a way to speed up games, but the strike zone, as Ted Williams once said, is “whatever that day’s umpire says it is.”
Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson said that the human element was unavoidable because there were so many variables.
“Some umpires kneel, some stand, some squat,” he said. “Each one of them has different angles. If you have a guy who’s looking over the catcher versus to the side of the catcher, I think that changes it. You have some umpires who are right on the catcher, almost touching him. And then others who are a little further back. The height of the batter, the height of the catcher, the athletic ability of the catcher, and guys that frame back there.”