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Monday, May 16, 2005

zone din

"Alderson presented charts and actual game footage to make his point. Nobody was surprised by his assertion that the top of the strike zone was being called about waist high. The rulebook calls for the top of the zone to be at the letters. This would raise the zone by at least 10 inches, and everyone knew that a change of that magnitude was outrageous. So, the mandate was to call it roughly halfway between the waist and the letters, or from another perspective, just above the belly button. As a former pitcher, this sounded reasonable to me."