Since I have been playing baseball around the time I started walking, I have gained a GREAT deal of admiration for the officials! It is very easy to pick on them. It’s bad enough when the fans yell, “boo, bad call, you’re blind”. As an umpire, you MUST have thick skin, in addition to being cool, calm & collected. All umpires understand they have a target on their back.
A good umpire often will tell you, “I did my job successfully if both teams are not happy”. In other words, the MOST important role is to be FAIR and IMPARTIAL. More importantly, when the players and coaches have respect for you, that’s when you know you did your job well enforcing the rules and keeping the peace.
Over 10 years of experience calling balls & strikes. I have to admit, it can be safer and less painful officiating behind pitcher’s mound for 8U, 10U and 12U because often the catcher does not keep me from getting hurt (e.g. many balls off the feet, shin, shoulder and mask).
Timing is everything! Sometimes, waiting that at extra half second can make all the difference in the world because you see the ball better, play it back in your head and get the call RIGHT.
The following ten umpires have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame:
Class of 1953 – Tommy Connolly(NL, 1898–1900; AL, 1901–1931)
Class of 1953 – Bill Klem (NL 1905–1941)
Class of 1973 – Billy Evans (AL, 1906–1927)
Class of 1974 – Jocko Conlan (NL1941–1964)
Class of 1976 – Cal Hubbard (AL, 1936–1951)
Class of 1989 – Al Barlick (NL, 1940–1943, 1946–1955, 1958–1971)
Class of 1992 – Bill McGowan (AL, 1925–1954)
Class of 1999 – Nestor Chylak (AL, 1954–1978)
Class of 2010 – Doug Harvey (NL1962–1992)
Class of 2013 – Hank O’Day (NL, 1895, 1897–1911, 1913, 1915–1927)
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