Batter out: Umpires likely to favor pitchers of the same race or ethnicity

Umpires for Major League Baseball are more likely to call strikes in favor of pitchers who share their race or ethnicity, according to new research from the University of Texas at Austin.But, this behavior diminishes when scrutiny of umpire calls increases -- for example at ballparks with electronic monitoring systems, when there are three balls or two strikes, or at well-attended games.

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