MLB teams are scouting umpires, and for good reason

MLB umpires

By Jake McCormick

Everybody is looking to play off an advantage over their opponent, and that typically manifests into pitching and hitting scouting reports in the MLB. But a few teams have started using those same tactics to beat their other opponent on the field.

Making note of an opponent’s pitcher and hitter tendencies is as common in an MLB clubhouse as pine tar, a deck of cards, and jock straps. It (sometimes) gives a team a competitive advantage by pointing out exploitable flaws in a pitcher or hitter. Now some teams have taken to building a third kind of scouting report…on umpires. [Read more…]