I like this story about Ted williams. About whom it was said his eye were so sharp he could read the stamp on the ball.
Old time umpire williams comes to bat. Rookie pitcher. Pitcher throws one on the outside edge. ball one. pitchrr stares and turns and rubs the ball.
Throws one on the inside edge. Ball two. The pitcher steps down the mound and glares. The umpire brushes off the plate giving the pitcher his butt. Where was that pitch blue the pitcher demands.
The ump replies. Son, Mr. Williams will let you know when it’s a strike.
Here is what I was told in 1969 at umpire school and when I went into the league. College coaches in soCal had already told me. Don’t call the high strike. That’s when we get home runs hit against us.
In the league the ump scout came around and told us squeeze the zone down and call the ball an inch or two outside.