Baseball Umpires Show Bias and Mercy

John Roberts got it right: Baseball umpires and judges are alike.
Umpires, like judges, are human.  Photographer: Dave Sandford/Getty Images

In his Senate confirmation hearing in 2005, the aspiring chief justice, John Roberts, offered a memorable analogy: "Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules."

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