Re: The "age" of diva umpires
Originally Posted by FlightRick
I'll be the second person that states, that, then. If you do your job well, and augment that with some interpersonal skills, there will not be ugliness 99% of the time. Literally: I only got the "ugly" once per season if I rounded up.
That said, I strongly dispute the idea that there's some correlation between "on field politeness" and "being a weak umpire." In fact, I always found that sanctioning a coach or player in my Most Polite Voice -- on top of a track record of being a very good ump who gets calls right -- was about 17000% more effective than any of my colleagues who would threaten or intimidate in response to a dispute. When the ump who never makes a scene tells you, quite respectfully but sternly, to shut the hell up or else, it works.
The thing I want to point out is even if you do your job perfectly atleast 99% of the time, you know as well as I do coaches and fans especially at the non professional level are pretty clueless alot of times and do not understand the rules or alot of times even how the game is played. So alot of times we can walk off the field and have a good feel that we worked a great game in fact even a 100% perfect game, the clueless coach who tried to tell us in the third inning that the hands were part of the bat cant wait to get on the phone to tell our assignors how bad we were. The problem is the coaches and fans definition of a 100% perfect game and ours is different. In fact both teams will want all the close calls going their way or there is no way the umpire worked a 100% perfect game and in fact they likely thought you were horrible. Bottom line is as umpires alot of times you cannot win, so we judge ourselves and not what others do because sadly they are horribly biased alot of times.
When handling coaches I agree it is very important to keep calm, cool and professional. Acting any other way can escalate the situation and make things much worse. I agree threatening and intimidating will not get you far. However, also being a doormat to where you are walked all over to where it becomes a distraction to the game is much worse. You have to have a happy medium from being a doormat to a raging hardass.
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard
Last edited by George Anderson; 05-12-2013 at 09:51 AM.