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As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

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    Good Read

    This book really educates the fan about umpiring. It is one of the only books out there on the subject. Weber does a great job of writing the story and some of the anecdotes are really funny.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Well researched and informative

    This was a fun book to read about a subject which is overlooked by sports fans. We know so little about the men to are so central to the game of baseball. This book combines reseach, life experiences, storytelling, dramatic moments, and personal tragedies and triumphs. I came away having been entertained and enlighthened. The writing is very good and pleasant to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Gotta' read this if you are a fan. Gotta' read this if

    Gotta' read this if you are a fan.
    Gotta' read this if you have or want to Umpire.
    Gotta' read this if you are a player.
    If you just want to understand what's it like to stand in someone elses shoes - you gotta' check it out.
    Did I mention - for a really good sports read - you gotta' read this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Great read!

    This is the perfect book for umpires at any level.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Engaging

    I have to admit that as a Baseball fan, I haven't fully understood all of the aspects of the game with little to no understanding of umpires. I found this book educational, engaging and at times sympathetic. Umps are a rare breed - little glory for a difficult (chosen) role. Regardless of the call you have to respect what they do. Bruce Weber's writing is smooth and an easy read. Good book for the novice as well as the seasoned fan.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    Keep the title in mind

    This book is written by a reporter, not a former Major League umpire. Mr. Weber did attend, and apparently graduate from, the Jim Evans School of Umpiring. So, at least he has a similar experience with MLB umps. He did manage to glean some good information from current and past umpires, but there is a lot of information in the book which comes from umpires who did not want to be identified.

    If you have a friend or relative who is thinking of becoming a professional umpire, have them read this book. The best part of this book was learning that baseball team owners and league officials really do not support the people who are supposed to represent the league on the field. If baseball could be played without umpires, they would do it. That was the overall message I got out of the book.

    I am a current amateur umpire, and my son has talked about going to the umpire school and trying his hand at umpiring. I'm waiting a couple of years, then I'll have him read this, just so that he can make an informed decision. Mr. Weber does a great job of explaining the long road that MLB umpires must travel in order to get to umpire in the Majors. After reading this book, I am very happy that I did not take that career path some 20 years ago when I was seriously giving it some thought.

    If you are looking for a light baseball story with a bunch of funny anecdotes, this book is not it. It reads long, and Weber gets to droning on and on sometimes. You REALLY need to have a strong interest in umpiring to force yourself to read through some of the sections, but overall I did get something useful out of the book.

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