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

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    It'll never be the same

    Since reading As They See 'Em I've watched several ball games on television. Something's very different now. It's just not just a game between two teams. It's a whole lot more. There is so much going on that wasn't visible to the naked eye before. The perspective from which one views a baseball game will be forever changed. It'll never be the same. That old addage about walking a mile in someone else's shoes...it's never been more applicable than when it comes to those of an umpire. I would have to admit that I can't be excluded from those of us who have yelled "You bum...whaddareya blind ?" at some point in time. As amazing as it would seem, most of those who actually play the game probably couldn't pass an exam on the it's rules. Really. With all of the finger pointing and kicking of sand, you would think that the players might know the rules of the game that they are payed millions of dollars to play. Not a player in the big leagues, in his wildest dreams, could ever approach the "batting average" of an umpire. Not even close. For the most part, umpires are, as they are taught, to be "ivisible" on the field. As you read about their training, drilling and on field experiences you'll see how, as Yogi Berra might say, "they're perfect until they're not". The next time you watch a major league game you'll see the umpires in an entirely different light. Very few have what it takes to join their ranks. Because of this book, you'll have so much more of an understanding of what they do. Every baseball fan NEEDS to read this book. After your "trip" through the making of a professional umpire, you'll be able to thoroughly enjoy watching a game. You'll probably still yell "Ah, ya bum" a few times here and there...but at least you'll know why your yelling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2009

    A good read

    This was a good book to read. The amount of reasearch put into this book was incredible. This book is not only good for umpires it is good for the fan looking to expand their knowledge. It shows you how hard it is to be an umpire and the amount of expertise they really have. This is one of the only books on umpiring. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Inside Baseball? IN Side Baseball!

    Very interesting read on the things you normally DON'T pay attention to when watching Baseball.

    Puts some things into perspective and changed the way I watch the game.

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  • Posted June 10, 2009

    Fantastic insight into the world of professional baseball umpiring.

    The author did a great job of being objective as he wove his way through the world of professional baseball umpiring. It was well written, and, as an amateur umpire myself, who attended one of Jim Evans' five day clinics, I found myself laughing and commiserating with Mr Weber's trials and tribulations.
    It amazes me at how much the owners and their commissioner lackeys these days do not like the Men in Blue. It's a shame.
    An excellent read for all umpires and anyone truly interested in just what it takes to be a baseball umpire.

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