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About MUAump2

  • Birthday 07/09/1986

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  • Location
    St. Louis, MO
  • Interests
    Baseball, golf, blackjack, music.

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  • Occupation
    Insurance Sales
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    HS, Legion, NAIA, NCAA Div. II and III
  • How did you hear about Umpire-Empire?
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  1. I would agree with most of what has been said here so far. Camps/Clinics are probably the best way to get evaluated. I also would try not to have friends evaluate you, as they might be as honest and direct as someone less familiar to you. The most important thing I think is for you to come up with a plan...where you are now in your career, where you want to be, and how you plan to get there. Once you can answer those questions, it will be easier to help you as far as trying to find the best way to help you reach your ultimate goals.
  2. Yes.
  3. I agree with @noumpere, but definitely understand where Rich is coming from. If the runner stays on the base on his own without being instructed to do so, that's one thing. If the coach tells the runner to stay on the base and not go to the dugout, to me that's him showing me up, telling me that he says he's safe so he stays there.
  4. I'm going to have to agree with @lawump here. Do you typically toss for profanity at that level? #1 (if it was without warning), #2 and #4 sound like very quick triggers without me being there. At this age, unless its profanity directed at me, I'm likely not ejecting. Just my opinion, YMMV.
  5. I would definitely not eject for that, and honestly I probably wouldn't acknowledge him saying anything. As for the kid asking your partner what he thought, I'd probably say something along the lines of "I don't know, he had a much better look than I did."
  6. Nothing.
  7. Just out of curiosity, but why would you want to work 5 or 6 games in a single day? Unless for financial reasons, I can't really see a reason to do it. I don't really care who you are, but there's no way you can be as sharp in the 7th inning of game 6 as you were in the first inning of game 1. Even if money is the motivator, I would much rather do a legion DH or something than spend 14+ Hours on or enroute to or from a baseball field. Maybe for me it's the fact that my family doesn't rely on umpiring as significant income, and I just umpire because I enjoy it. I have done the 6 games in a day on Saturday and Sunday back when I needed to, and it was awful. Not knocking those that do it, just curious as to your thought process. Disclaimer: these days, I only work 1 or 2 games a day (3 if assigner is in a pinch) and at max 4 days per week. I feel like when I was doing so many games in a short period of time, I wasn't enjoying it as much and it felt much more like a job.
  8. I see what you did there.
  9. Around my neck of the woods, if you start a game, you get the full game fee; whether you play 1 inning or 7 innings is irrelevant. If we arrive and the game never starts, we get 1/2 fee. As far as suspension of games, our association tries to give the game back to the original officials. I'm not sure how they are paid, but I remember finishing a suspended game a couple years ago, and we only worked 5 outs and got a full game fee.
  10. I personally track the innings and score by creating a makeshift line-score on one of my lineup cards, on the opposite side from where I track conferences/warnings. This way, in case there is a protest, game suspension or whatever, I know exactly what the situation is without having to track down a scorekeeper. As far as when to call the game, if I'm having trouble seeing the ball, it's too dark for the game to continue. If it's raining and the players are slipping and sliding all over the field, its pretty obvious that the game should be stopped.
  11. I've also never had an issue with Honig's, Might have to look into the deal for the shirts.
  12. Insurance Sales. The agent I work for, I actually met during basketball (we both officiate HS basketball) so he understood that I umpire college baseball. I can work remotely, so I'll work from home at night if needed, or go into the office early if I have an mid-afternoon game.
  13. The NCAA (as far as I know) has a pretty strict policy on social media use. Black and Blue Umpires (the group out of California) used to post what schools their instructors would be at for a particular weekend, but they have since stopped doing that based the NCAA policy. I don't post locations or schools I'm working for on my own page for that reason.
  14. We have a guy in our local high school association who is exactly as Warren described. What should be a 3 minute walk to the field turns into a 15 minute stop and start stroll. It's almost like you need to hold their hand and drag them through the crowd. He's a nice guy, but I'm not sure that he knows how/we to switch gears from overly friendly to business-like for the game. Don't get me wrong, if we're walking toward the field and someone says hi to me, I'll return the pleasantry. However, I'm not going to stop and have a conversation with everyone I see. Luckily our group doesn't cover that many schools and we have a decent amount of umpires, so it's rare if I'm at the same school 2 or 3 times a season, which I like. Our assigner does a pretty good job of spreading us out so we don't see the same team too many times.
  15. This morning I got one of those wonderful "You have new games from..." emails, and they were for a couple of games in the Prospect League (summer college league in the Midwest and eastern US for those who didn't know). I've never worked the league nor in front of the size crowds they normally draw, so I'm looking forward to the challenge, just doing my thing and enjoying the experience.