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Further Examination of Potential Discrimination Among MLB Umpires

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  • Scott Tainsky

    () (Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, USA)

  • Brian M. Mills

    (Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA)

  • Jason A. Winfree

    (Program in Sport Management, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA)

Abstract

We address potential racial bias by Major League Baseball umpires with respect to ball–strike calls. We offer a number of econometric specifications to test the robustness of the results, adding the role of implicit and explicit monitoring as well as pitch location. Our analysis shows mixed results regarding the matching of umpire and pitcher race. We conclude that evidence of own-race bias is sensitive to specification and methodology. How results can differ based on different data sets, specifications, time periods, and race classifications are discussed.

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  • Scott Tainsky & Brian M. Mills & Jason A. Winfree, 2015. "Further Examination of Potential Discrimination Among MLB Umpires," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 16(4), pages 353-374, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:jospec:v:16:y:2015:i:4:p:353-374
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    Keywords

    discrimination; race; baseball; monitoring;

    JEL classification:

    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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