Spring Training: Umpire rotation play

MLB Spring Training is underway, which means members of the big league umpiring staff are getting back to work. Check out this interesting rotation play from the first week of games: No Umpire at Home Plate (Video) In a game between the Mets and Astros, the umpires...

Video of the Day: Infield Fly… if fair

Here is one that many of us may have to learn through experience… an infield fly that appears obviously fair may turn out to be anything but that. If a ball is hit in the air in front of the first or third base bags, there’s always a chance it will roll...

Video of the Day: Hidden Ball Trick

The hidden ball trick is a rarely seen play, but umpires have to be on top of it. In professional baseball, players might alert an umpire to what they are planning. At lower levels, especially in youth baseball, this is unlikely. Umpires working the one-man system...

Video of the Day: Walk-off balk

We often hear casual fans refer to officials “swallowing the whistle” late in games, but that concept should not be in any umpire’s vocabulary. If a call would be made in the first inning it should be made in the ninth. To drive home this point, we...

Video of the Day: Obstruction at third

On Tuesday, we asked you to check out a classic infield fly rule debacle from 2003. We also asked if you, as the umpire, would need to make any corrections if you forgot to declare an infield fly during a game. Mike on our Facebook page had it right– he said...
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