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The Conversation: Home-plate umpires make the wrong call on a shocking 20% of pitches

Baseball is back, and fans can anticipate another season of amazing catches, overpowering pitching, tape-measure home runs — and, yes, controversial calls that lead to blow-ups between umpires and players.

Home plate umpires are at the heart of baseball; every single pitch can require a judgment call. Yet ask any fan or player, and they’ll tell you that many of these calls are incorrect – errors that can affect strategy, statistics and even game outcomes.

Just how many mistakes are made?

Comprehensive umpire performance statistics are not readily known, tracked or made available. Major League Baseball doesn’t seem interested in sharing the historical data.

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