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Old Fri Mar 17, 2006, 08:49am
mcrowder mcrowder is offline
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Originally posted by JFA67
Originally posted by mcrowder
No offense meant here, but I don't think there should be any pride involved in saying none, just as there shouldn't be for saying 500. Game management is one thing, but if you're considering yourself "proud to say none", I suspect you've not done so when it was appropriate, and made some other umpire's life worse.

I've presided over the ejection of 11 coaches - about 1 per year.
Interesting how you can suspect without knowing anything about me. Or my experience level.
Well, I used the word "suspect" SPECIFICALLY because I don't know you. How else should I have phrased this, Mr. Sensitive? And I don't believe I said a single word about your experience level. There's a reason I said "No offense intended" as well, but some people can't accept even the mildest difference of opinion without getting defensive.

For the record, I won't let any coach question my integrity, use profanity, insult me etc, etc.

I have canned a few baseball coaches. Since this is a softball forum I didn't count them. Same goes for players.

I say "proud to say none" because I have managed the game well enough not to have use the last resort and eject a softball coach... yet.
You're kind of making my point for me.

If an umpire feels somehow that his game management skills would take a hit if they had to resort to an ejection, it's entirely likely that umpire has let things go that warrant an ejection. If someone has ejected more than 3-4 per year, then yeah - he probably has some game management issues. But I'd actually say the same about someone who has ejected less than 1 every couple of years.

Mind you, I'm not an OOO or a guy who revels in his ejections. I'm just saying that regardless of your level of experience, if you've not ejected a guy at all, you've either been VERY lucky, or you've let stuff go that you shouldn't have. JMHO
"Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile." - Hall of Fame Pitcher Christy Mathewson
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