View Full Version : Worst Strike Zone for Ump

Old Sweater
02-03-2007, 11:39 AM
Know this probably has been done a zillion times but I haven't seen a thread on it.

My choice is Eric Gregg. Not only was his strike zone big, it seemed to drift as the game went on.

Really waiting for BlueZebras reply since he made a living doing it.

02-03-2007, 12:48 PM
No one can ever beat Eric Gregg's 1997 NLCS strike zone. No one.

02-03-2007, 02:40 PM
Eric Gregg 1997 NLCS game 6 for Livan Hernandez. The worst excuse for a strikeout ever. If you ask me Gregg threw the game.

02-03-2007, 03:53 PM
I'm moving this out of CE, and putting it in Between Innings for now, but it might go better in History. I'll see what the BI and History Mods think.

Old Sweater
02-03-2007, 04:40 PM
Well now that this is in Between Innings, what current umpires do you fans think have the worst strike zones for the upcoming 2007 season?

Which current ump's have the best strike zones for the upcoming 2007 season?

Old Sweater
02-03-2007, 05:31 PM
Here is most of the Umpires (http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/umpires/roster.jsp) for the 2007 season from a July of 2006 roster.

Major League Umpire Roster
As of July 7, 2006
No. Umpire
67 Lance Barksdale
65 Ted Barrett
35 Wally Bell
15 Joe Brinkman
54 CB Bucknor
48 Mark Carlson
38 Gary Cederstrom
56 Eric Cooper
13 Derryl Cousins
2 Jerry Crawford
25 Fieldin Culbreth
10 Phil Cuzzi
44 Kerwin Danley
37 Gary Darling
12 Gerry Davis
32 Dana DeMuth
63 Laz Diaz
16 Mike DiMuro
1 Bruce Drekman
88 Doug Eddings
50 Paul Emmel
57 Mike Everitt
49 Andy Fletcher
60 Marty Foster
6 Bruce Froemming
53 Greg Gibson
9 Brian Gorman
55 Angel Hernandez
17 John Hirschbeck
29 Bill Hohn
34 Sam Holbrook
51 Marvin Hudson
58 Dan Iassogna
66 Jim Joyce
8 Jeff Kellogg
No. Umpire
46 Ron Kulpa
24 Jerry Layne
72 Alfonso Marquez
30 Randy Marsh
36 Tim McClelland
41 Jerry Meals
14 Chuck Meriwether
26 Bill Miller
11 Ed Montague
96 Paul Nauert
45 Jeff Nelson
7 Brian O'Nora
39 Larry Poncino
59 Tony Randazzo
19 Ed Rapuano
23 Rick Reed
31 Mike Reilly
18 Charlie Reliford
77 Jim Reynolds
71 Brian Runge
43 Paul Schrieber
5 Dale Scott
95 Tim Timmons
4 Tim Tschida
27 Larry Vanover

47 Mark Wegner
52 Bill Welke
3 Tim Welke
21 Hunter Wendelstedt
22 Joe West

33 Mike Winters
78 Jim Wolf
28 Larry Young

02-03-2007, 05:38 PM
CB Buckner is god awful.

Solair Wright
02-03-2007, 11:19 PM
Ron Kulpa makes some horrible strike calls with his strange strike zone, in my opinion. He almost caused Pedro Martinez on June 22, 2006 to be ejected from the game with some of his missed calls! Another umpire with a random sized strike zone every game is Angel "I Hate the Cardinals" Hernandez. He annoys me so much with his anti-Cardinal bias.

02-04-2007, 06:16 AM
CB Buckner is god awful.

So, I aint the only who agrees with that. I have never liked him out there umping. I forget the incident, but I know there was one where he made the stupidest call I heard of against the Cubs and since, it just seems hes had never been good at making calls. Funny, hes the only Ump i can name right now.

Erik Bedard
02-04-2007, 07:24 AM
Eric Cooper had one of the worst-umpired games I have ever seen. Worse than Gregg's in the NLCS. However, it was just an interleague game between the Phillies and Orioles, so nobody cared.

02-04-2007, 11:56 AM
The Astros were furious with Fred Brocklander in the 1986 NLCS, for his calls at 1B and behind the plate.

Erik Bedard
02-04-2007, 05:04 PM
Don Denkinger and Art Passarella both blatanly blew calls.... in the World Series.

02-04-2007, 06:08 PM
how about angel hernandez

02-05-2007, 12:47 PM
Another umpire with a random sized strike zone every game is Angel "I Hate the Cardinals" Hernandez. He annoys me so much with his anti-Cardinal bias.:laugh It's not just the Cards Hernandez hates. It's good and consistent umpiring that Hernandez hates.

Ed 'Bat Guano' Rapuano has a very ambulatory strike zone. He's one of the worst.

Bucknor, Hernandez, Rapuano and Dan Iassogna are just plain bad umpires, whether they're calling balls & strikes or anything else.

Fieldin Culbreth has been known to call a very tight zone, and to move a bit during games. More offense in his games than most others. Hirschbeck has a pitcher-friendly zone.

I've never been a big fan of Bruce 'Fat &%#$' Froemming, but I think he's been calling balls & strikes a little more consistently in recent years.

Old Sweater
02-06-2007, 02:43 PM
I was thinking of Angel to in that list. Think a lot of it is his name.

I forget which Umps get the praise from the announcers of the game. Sure that McCarver and Morgan have their favorites.

Hammerin Hank
02-06-2007, 03:11 PM
how about angel hernandez

Oh god, don't tell me he's back for another season. I don't know about his strikezone but he's the worst at calling plays I have ever seen. Flipping a coin would be more accurate than having him call baserunners safe or out.

Erik Bedard
02-06-2007, 06:18 PM
IMO, an umpire can call whatever he likes balls-and-strikes-wise, as long as he calls it consistently, and the same for both sides. What bugs me is when umpires go from one knee one pitch, then standing the next.

02-07-2007, 04:58 PM
CB Buckner is god awful.
Indians radio announcer Tom Hamilton has been known to say: "CB Buckner...one of the nicest men you'll ever meet. And the last man who should be umpiring an MLB game."