Adventures in Umpire School, Part 4: Fellow Students.

We have message boards for umpire school, and we've been encouraged to go on the message boards and introduce ourselves.  This is what I've learned so far(1): 1. Several of them are ex-military.  This makes sense, I suppose.  One of my close friends is a retired Marine, and I can see how she would choose …

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Adventures in Umpire School, part 2: Lodgings.

Umpire school is a little like sleepaway camp, in that we all stay in the same place.(1)  It's a pretty intense schedule, so it makes sense that the school arranges for accommodations for students, especially because most of us are traveling to attend. But it's also another way that women are penalized for attending in …

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Rule Spotlight: Rule 5.05(a)(5-9)

When I first started watching baseball, I very quickly understood on an intuitive level what a "ground rule double" was.  But it's rule 5.05(a)(5)-(9) that actually explains what a ground rule double is, to wit: 5.05(a)(5) ...A fair fly ball that passes out of the playing field at a point less than 250 feet from …

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