Gary Cederstrom and Mike Winters will be the umpiring crew chiefs for this week's wild-card games.
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Was it a 3-2 count? Or a 2-2 count? That was the question home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom was left asking himself during Adam Dunn’s at bat last night. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find the answer on his own, so he had to make a few phone calls, bringing an already slow and meaningless game between [...]
As embarrassing as this might be for Gary Cederstrom, at least he checked. I would have said something like, "Hey, Adam Dunn, you're hitting.003 because you don't pay attention. I know the count. Shut your Dunn hole."
Watching the A's and Yankees last night, I was pretty sure that Andrew Bailey struck out Robinson Canó looking to end the game. Umpire Gary Cederstrom disagreed. Baseball Prospectus's Mike Fast has looked at the PITCHf/x data, and the data's on my (and Bailey's) side. Show More Summary