The Plight of an Umpire

The game of baseball is all about authority and maintaining control.  At least that’s the perspective of umpires and those who know their plight. “I may be an umpire apologist a bit but … it’s always seemed to me that the umpire’s main responsibility is keeping control of the game,” says New York Times journalist Bruce Weber. “That means making sure that the players are not usurping the umpire’s authority.” Weber and a cast of collegiate and little league umpires join Regina on this edition of The Regina Brett Show to unmask the world of umpiring. Weber spent three years training to be the man behind the mask for his book As They See’ Em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires. His training even included a stint at professional umpiring school. On the show Weber tells Regina how he believes umpires are baseball’s legal authority on the field, especially when it comes to the strike zone. “The umpire is the...
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An Umpire’s World

The baseball umpire has the power to call balls and strikes and send the most famous player to the showers. On this edition of The Regina Brett Show, we’ll climb into an umpire’s cleats to find out what it’s really like to call the shots in the game of baseball. Hall of Fame umpire Richard Runchey and New York Times journalist Bruce Weber share with Regina their tales from behind the plate.    
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