Biden Wrong on Strike Zone

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Senator Joe Biden of Delaware said this during Judge Roberts confirmation hearings yesterday:

[BIDEN] As you know, in major league baseball, they have a rule. Rule two defines the strike zone. It basically says from the shoulders to the knees. And the only question about judges (ph) is: Do they have good eyesight or not? They don’t get to change the strike zone. They don’t get to say, That was down around the ankles and I think it was a strike. They don’t get to do that.

From the Major League Baseball official rules:

The STRIKE ZONE is that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the knee cap. The Strike Zone shall be determined from the batter’s stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball. (For diagram of STRIKE ZONE see page 23.)

A pitch at the shoulders is not a strike!

Associated Press: Transcript: Judge John G. Roberts Jr. hearing, Day Two

Major League Baseball: Official Rules: 2.00 Definition of Terms


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3 Responses to “Biden Wrong on Strike Zone”

  1. Phillip J. Birmingham Says:

    A pitch at the shoulders is not a strike!

    Here’s hoping the Senator apologizes for his words soon.

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