The Basics of Umpiring

Check out this video for some  of the most basic but important fundamentals of umpiring. Of special note here are some of the positional and communication elements of the two-man umpiring crew.

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In Praise of an Imperfect Umpire

by Patrick T. Reardon Chicago Tribune I’ve become a fan of Jim Joyce. He’s the major league umpire who blew the call Wednesday on what would have been the final out of the perfect game that Armando Galarraga was pitching for the Detroit Tigers against the Cleveland Indians. Like a lot of baseball fans, I…

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Tie Goes to the Runner?

6 September 2017   Nick G (from umpirebible.com) It’s surprising how frequently this issue comes up: Tie goes to the runner. I get emails through the web site, or I’m approached by people who know I’m an umpire, and the thing people want to vent about are the close plays at first base: the runner’s foot…

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Strike Zone, Part 1

19 March 2015 Nick G (from umpirebible.com) Baseball is unique in that one of the central and most important features of the field of play is completely invisible. There are no lines that mark it, no buzzers or bells that go off when it’s touched. There is a five-sided plate in the ground beneath it,…

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