Friend of the VORG Bill Arnold got in touch with me today:
I’m sure you have heard of this last night Carlos Torres of the Brewers started a game with umpire Carlos Torres behind the plate. I was wondering how many times has this happened of a pitcher throwing to a umpire with the same name?
Indeed, Brewers reliever Carlos Torres did have his pitches called balls or strikes by another Carlos Torres last night.
Now, I don’t have the tools to search for EVERY pitcher. But I could, using the Retrosheet game logs, come up with the starting, winning, losing and saving pitchers in each game along with the home plate umpire. So I’ll preface my (brief) results with the note that I might be missing some reliever/umpire combos.
Pitcher Rick Reed had balls and strikes called by umpire Rick Reed on two separate occasions, nearly nine years apart:
|Date||VIS||HOME||HP UMP||VIS SP||HOME SP|
|19920930||KCA||CAL||Rick Reed||Rick Reed||Julio Valera|
|20010807||CLE||MIN||Rick Reed||CC Sabathia||Rick Reed|