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.
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.
I reached the point where I actually enjoyed the umpiring more than playing.
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%.
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.
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.
I literally paid my way through the University of Texas with my umpiring.
As a youngster, I played in Little League, Pony League, and all sorts of amateur baseball programs growing up.
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.
Most plays that are missed by the umpire are caused by the umpire not reading those cues early enough and making the proper adjustments.
Another way to lose control is to ignore something when you should address it.
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.