Why to the Umpires need to sweep off home plate?
During the course of a game, the plate can be obscured by dirt by the players who are batting, running or approaching the plate (running/sliding into home). The edges, in particular, can be obscured relatively quickly and easily by players kicking the dirt when they are at bat, the ball hitting the dirt, batters feet shifting and kicking up dirt when attempting to hit the pitched ball, runners/catchers making plays at home plate, etc. The umpire has to sweep the plate every so often for the following reasons:
- Whether or not a pitch to a batter is a ball or a strike depends in part on where the ball crosses the plate-the ump has to be able to see the entire plate including the edges of the plate in order to determine if the ball's path to the plate was outside of the plate's contours or not. If the ball's path is within the contours of the plate or on its edges it's a strike; if outside, a ball.
- When a player runs home, in order to score the run, he has to touch the plate, and the ump needs to see the entire plate in order to be able to determine if the plate was touched before he was tagged.
- Unlike the other bases, home plate is not above grade-it is at grade, making it very likely that the base will be covered up with dirt during the course of the game. The other bases, being mounted above the ground level, don't really have this problem, so they don't need to be swept.
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