May 9, 2024 - News

⚾️ Actually, MLB umps haven't been that bad

A scatterplot with baseballs as the points showing the season averages of MLB umpires’ accuracy in calling balls and strikes from 2015 to 2024. The data shows an upward trend, with approximately 90% accuracy in 2015 and nearly 94% in 2024.
Data: UmpScorecards; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Bad news, Padres fans: We've got one less target for our ire when things don't go well for the good guys.

Why it matters: A dominant storyline to start the MLB season has been the umpires' infuriating performance, but data doesn't support the perception.

By the numbers: League-wide, umps have a nearly 94% accuracy rating calling balls and strikes in 2024, per unofficial metrics keeper UmpScorecards.

  • That's down a bit from the 2023 high, but up from 90% in 2015.

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