Bias in sports

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Bias in sports is under-publicized favoritism by the media and officiating in a field that is supposed to be purely merit-based. Part of the problem is how the liberal media engages in enormous favoritism towards liberal politicians that some of the one-sided reporting spills over into sports without any criticism by the media.

Here are some examples:

Umpiring near the end of perfect game

The only World Series perfect game in history, game 5 of the 1956 World Series, pitched by Don Larsen of the New York Yankees, was ended by a called third strike. The batter was Dale Mitchell of the Brooklyn Dodgers[1] and the plate umpire was Babe Pinelli. The batter claimed that the pitch was nowhere near the strike zone. The New York City-dominated media, thrilled at the alleged Yankee success, failed to air any criticism of the favoritism in the call.

But various commentators have discussed the issue since then, most famously George Will, who is a conservative and avid baseball fan. He stated in 2010 that the pitch was "was a foot and half probably high and outside." An extensive analysis of his claim, and the testimony of several other people, may be found on the Politifact website, including the fact that the batter had one of the best eyes in baseball and had struck out only 119 times in 4,000 at-bats:[2]

Mickey Mantle indicated that he had "a clear view from center field, and if I was under oath, I'd have to say that the pitch looked like it was outside."
Third baseman Andy Carey said the pitch was "high"
Shortstop Gil McDougald observed, "It wasn't even close. It was high."

Despite all that (and more), the liberal-leading website rates George Will's claim as only "half true."

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  1. The team has since moved to Los Angeles,