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After one year in the Texas League, the American League bought the rights to my contract. They optioned me back to the Texas League for the 1970 season.
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Allowing a catcher to argue balls and strikes or to routinely turn on you to ask about pitches is a sure way to lose control.
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Another way to lose control is to ignore something when you should address it.
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Anyone interested in becoming a professional umpire and becoming eligible to work in the minor leagues must attend one of the two umpire schools sanctioned by Major League Baseball.
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As a whole, the managers today are different in temperament. Most have very good communication skills and are more understanding of the umpire's job. That doesn't mean they are better managers. It just means that I perceive today's managers a bit differently.
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As a youngster, I played in Little League, Pony League, and all sorts of amateur baseball programs growing up.
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Back in those days, you didn't have to go to an umpire school to be hired in pro ball. League presidents could hire whomever they wanted.
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During the final two weeks of training, our students work simulated game situations in which our staff members role-play as players, managers, and coaches. They are given immediate feedback following each camp game.
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From there, I joined local associations and really got serious about my umpiring.
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Game management is accomplished by staying constantly alert and then reading and reacting to potential problem situations before they materialize. It all boils down to paying attention to details.
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I attribute my success to my mental approach to the game. I have always been a serious student of umpiring. I enjoy studying rules, situations, and positioning.
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I graduated from the University of Texas in 1968, and was umpiring in the Class-A Florida State League (a week later).
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I had a great first year and Mr. MacDonald was my biggest supporter. He gave me the encouragement I needed that first year to get my career started on a positive note.
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I had worked very hard to become the best I could be in Austin but never thought I would be able to get into the pro game so quickly.
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I have looked back on situations and thought that I could have handled a few differently and probably better.
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I learned a valuable life lesson that summer. You should find something in life that you really enjoy and seriously consider making that your life's work.
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I literally paid my way through the University of Texas with my umpiring.
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I personally developed the Academy training program. All our training is based on solid educational principles. We present the material in four training formats: lecture, demonstration, drill, and implementation.
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I reached the point where I actually enjoyed the umpiring more than playing.
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I set very high standards for myself and worked every game with the same energy and enthusiasm as if it were the seventh game of a World Series.
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I stress to my students that there are going to be many situations on the field that you have no control over. There are going to be other situations that you can control and save yourself a lot of grief later in the game. Be alert, know the difference, and react firmly when necessary.
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I was a catcher and got to know the umpires pretty well. I was very curious and was always asking lots of questions.
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If you don't think every day is a great day try going without one.
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Looking back on those games, I probably hustled out of position as much as I hustled into position since I really never had any real training. I was working on instincts alone.
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Managers have very tough jobs. I always respected their job but demanded respect in return.
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Minor league umpires are evaluated in their respective leagues each year and rated numerically. This enables umpires to know where they stand and helps them make prudent career decisions.
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Most plays that are missed by the umpire are caused by the umpire not reading those cues early enough and making the proper adjustments.
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My dad was a carpenter and I would work with him during the summer and umpire on the nights I wasn't playing.
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My main objective is to prepare candidates for professional baseball; however, the majority of our graduates will go home as much better qualified amateurs.
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No one respects the umpire's job more than I do; but, if I were a manager, I would probably be ejected three or four times a season fighting for my team.
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Our students learn more in 30 days than one could learn in 30 years without our training. To really maximize your potential as an umpire, you need to get a solid foundation as soon as you can.
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Professional managers, coaches, and players have a right to question an umpire's decision if they do it in a professional manner. When they become personal, profane, or violent, they have crossed the line and must be dealt with accordingly.
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The Florida State League was considered the top A-league back then. You played in the spring training parks of major league teams, traveled throughout some great cities in Florida, and the pay was the best in A-ball.
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The vast majority of people who watch baseball can properly call 95% of all plays that happen on the field. My job is to teach you how to call the other 5%.
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There is quite a bit of turnover in the minor leagues and explains why there are a substantial number of jobs available each year.
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Umpires, like players, are expected to show constant improvement each season and at each level. Inconsistent plate work and the inability to handle situations are probably the two biggest problems that minor league umpires face.
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When I was 14, I played in a summer league. One night the chief umpire asked me if I would like to try umpiring. There was a Little League tournament coming up and he needed more umpires than he had.
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