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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Legendary umpire Joe West dishes on players, managers and replay at 5,000th game

Country Joe West, who has produced two country music albums, appeared in the Grand Ole Opry and The Naked Gun, and developed and patented his own chest protector, has out-lived them all.

His tenure has spanned six commissioners, 21 World Series champions, 151 umpires and 55 Hall of Fame players. The game Tuesday between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks pits two franchises that didn’t exist when he began his career.

The impressions he left were often indelible.

“Joe was infamous, or famous for testing out a pitcher early in the game,’’ says Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz. “He would call a ball that was a strike to see if you were relaxed, or cool with it, to see how you’d react.

“Well, I learned something way too late. When I was with Boston, I decided I’m going to find out what song Joe wants to hear when I come to the mound. They gave me some obscure, sentimental song, and there’s Joe behind home plate, tapping his feet, and singing to the song.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2017 at 05:32 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: joe west, umpires

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WaPo: Daniel Murphy Asked An Umpire To Move, Got F-Bomb Instead

But Tuesday, Murphy’s ability to play defense diminished greatly when umpire Alan Porter stood in his line of sight early in the game.

Porter did not respond well to a request from Murphy, barking at the player, who appeared to try to reason with him. When the conversation was over, and Murphy could no longer see what Porter was saying, cameras caught the umpire muttering expletives at Murphy.


Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 14, 2017 at 02:03 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: expletives, f-bomb, shift, umpires, washington nationals

Sunday, May 14, 2017

MLB umpire supervisor Steve Palermo dies at 67

RIP to a class act and a genuine hero.

Palermo made his debut as an American League umpire in 1976 and was a full-time ump from ‘77-91.
During the summer of 1991, Palermo and another man were shot while trying to help two waitresses who were being robbed outside a Dallas restaurant. He was left partially paralyzed. But through intense and painful therapy, Palermo was able to walk again with the help of a cane.
Palermo was hired in 1994 as a special assistant to the chairman of the Major League Executive Council. In 2000, he became an umpire supervisor for MLB, serving as a liaison between Major League umpires and the Office of the Commissioner.
From that point on, Palermo became a fixture in the Kauffman Stadium press box.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2017 at 04:12 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, steve palermo, umpires

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The CB Bucknor Experience | FanGraphs Baseball

Let’s get rid of replay and bad umpires.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Umps may soon take to mic to explain replays

Want to hear exactly how disputed calls get decided, like that one in last year’s NL Championship Series?

Soon, we might.

While nothing is set, Major League Baseball and umps are expected to discuss a plan — most prominently used in the NFL — for crew chiefs to wear a microphone and explain replay rulings.

Under one possible scenario, they would start at the All-Star Game on July 11 in Miami, tweak the process over the season’s second half and then go forward with the experiment in the playoffs.

People familiar with the talks spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an agreement has not yet been reached.

Last year, MLB asked for the plate ump to wear a mic at the All-Star Game, but there wasn’t enough time to do it.

The umpires are in the middle of their five-year labor deal and any change would involve negotiations, plus a comfort level on both sides that the system would be efficient, accurate and easy.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, umpires

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mike Trout proposes umpire change

It was during one of those chats with a veteran umpire earlier this spring that Trout offered a thought: As the experienced umpires work their way back into game shape in spring training, just as the players do, why not have them work five or six innings and turn over the last innings to umpires who would normally work minor league games on back fields?

The idea is simple, but has a lot of helpful layers, beyond allowing an older plate umpire a little more time to work into condition in spring to see 350 or so pitches in a given game. It is extraordinarily difficult for young umpires to advance in the industry because there is little annual turnover among umpires in the big leagues. For a young umpire slated for Class A or AA to get a few innings in a major league exhibition—with the packed ballpark and major league players—would be something of a reward, as it is for the minor league players.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2017 at 01:00 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, umpires

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MLB replaces retiring umps Jim Joyce, John Hirschbeck, Tim Welke, Bob Davidson

Jim Joyce has joined John Hirschbeck, Tim Welke and Bob Davidson in retiring from Major League Baseball’s umpire staff.

The commissioner’s office said Tuesday that Adam Hamari, Pat Hoberg, Gabe Morales and Carlos Torres have been promoted to the full-time staff.

Hirschbeck, the crew chief in last year’s World Series and a big league umpire since 1984, had announced his planned retirement last year, as did Welke and Davidson. Hirschbeck and Welke—who was sidelined by knee injuries—were 33-year veterans. Davidson worked his first big league game in 1982.

Hirschbeck and Welke are part of the only brother big league umpire tandems. Mark Hirschbeck retired in 2003 and Bill Welke remains an active umpire.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 22, 2017 at 11:16 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

Four umpires promoted to Major League crews | MLB.com

Major League Baseball announced the retirement of longtime umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce and Tim Welke on Tuesday. All four had spent several decades calling big league games.

That brings four new umpires to the full-time Major League ranks—Adam Hamari, Pat Hoberg, Gabe Morales and Carlos Torres.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 09:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

Friday, February 03, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-3-2017

Chicago Eagle, February 3, 1917:

Bill Byron, the singing umpire, who says there hasn’t been a single kick against his decisions since October, tells a new story on himself.
...
He umpired in Newark one day and in the course of the game he called a man out at the plate on a close play. The player arose, dusted off his uniform, and then pointing to the chimney which towers high over the field, he said to Byron: “Bill, I ain’t sayin’ nothin’ to you. I ain’t makin’ no kick or nothin’, but I hope that that chimney falls on you and hits you one brick at a time.”

Bill says the hope was so soothing and so original that he did not put the player out of the game.

If I were the umpire, not only would I not have ejected the guy, I’d have had difficulty keeping a straight face.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 03, 2017 at 12:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpires

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Minor league umpires get hotel upgrade, family leave, raises

The minimum monthly salary for rookie and short-season Class A umpires, which had started at $1,900 under the previous five-year agreement, will rise to $2,000 under the new deal and increase to as much as $2,300 for a fourth-year umpire.

For full-season Class A, the minimum rises from $2,000 to $2,100 and increases to $2,600 by a seventh season. At Double-A, the minimum goes up from $2,300 to $2,500 and rises to $3,100 by a ninth season. At Triple-A, it goes up from $2,600 to $2,900 and rises to $3,900 by a 14th season.

Per diems increase by $2 annually, to $44.50 this year at Class A, $50 at Double-A and $58 at Triple-A. In 2021, they will be $52.50 at Class A, $58 at Double-A and $66 at Triple-A.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 10, 2017 at 12:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: labor relations, umpires

Monday, January 09, 2017

Minors, umpires union reach agreement | MiLB.com

Minor League Baseball announced today that Minor League Baseball Umpire Development, one of its subsidiaries, has reached a five-year collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU).

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 09:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, umpires

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-4-2017

The Daily Missoulian, January 4, 1917:

UMPIRE CANS WHOLE NINE

Jimmy Murray Puts Entire Ball Team Off Field in One Game.

[After nobody heard Murray call a drive down the line foul, costing Buffalo an apparent home run,] “there was an awful demonstration. A stranger would have thought the inmates of some insane asylum had been turned loose…Before I was able to restore order I found it necessary to tag seven of those Buffalo players with tickets to the clubhouse.”
...
[In the ninth inning of the same game, after Murray called a Toronto runner safe at home because the catcher missed the tag,] “there was another big kick, and this time I was compelled to remove the Buffalo battery, McConnell and Archer. Thus in one game I ejected the entire nine, which, I believe is a world’s record.”

I’ve certainly never heard of that happening before.

Elsewhere in the newspapers of January 4, 1917, the death of Reinder “Rynie” Wolters, Dutch-born 1870s pitcher and (arguably) thrower of the first no-hitter in history, is reported. In virtually every report I have seen, he is referred to as “Reindeer Wolters”, which would have been a pretty great name.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 04, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, umpires, umpshow

 

 

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