- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
Matt Holliday was ejected by umpire Joe West on Tuesday night after a brief argument about a strike-three call, contributing to the end of Holliday's 45-game on-base streak, and within this clip, you can hear the usually understated Holliday yelling, "The strike zone's huge the whole night."
I have heard more complaints from players and staffers this year than in any year I can remember about what they believe is the inconsistency of the strike zone, especially how large they perceive it to be, with more strikes being called (in their view) off the outside corner.
Part of the reason for the growing tension is that now, in 2015, hitters can and will go back into the clubhouse and see the electronic data supporting their contention that a pitch was out of the strike zone. The other night, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter kept repeating himself in a discussion with an umpire, saying over and over "That's not a strike."
It's increasingly difficult for umpires to maintain that yes, in fact, it was a strike, or the ball clipped the corner, given the technology that everyone now sees instantly.
The unhappiness within the game over this situation is rising, and in past years, you would dismiss this as part of the ebb and flow of the game. But new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has demonstrated himself to be someone who will take action, relatively quickly.