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Old Thu Dec 08, 2011, 08:04am
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Baseball Umpires Encyclopedia

My new book is available now at Amazon.com Click here to order.

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This is a reference book for umpires at all levels and for those who might want to become an umpire. It has 281 entries, 243 letter-size pages, 151,00 words plus illustrations.

If it's about baseball umpiring, you'll find in Baseball Umpires Encyclopedia. Rules, umpire rotations, game control: It's all here.

Here's a sample entry:

Phantom Double Play — It's the most famous "bad" call of all time. The shortstop gloves the ball and, as Milo Hamilton says, "Flip it! Fire it! Double play!" The fact that the second baseman "forgot" to tag the base while he had the ball has been irrelevant for about a hundred years. See phantom force, the next entry.

I first heard about this play in 1949 when I began listening to the Liberty Broadcasting System. Gordon McClendon, who called himself the "Old Scotchman" and pretended to be in his early 80s, re-created major league baseball games. He was always introduced like this: "Coming to you live from Yankee Stadium, by wire report...." We 12-year-old kids didn't know "wire report" meant Western Union telegrams. The "Old Scotchman" was 29 when I began listening to him broadcast from KLIF in Dallas.

Allow me to re-create one of Gordon's typical calls: "Doby's on first, nobody out. Lou Boudreau digs in. Lopat stretches, delivers. It's a sharp grounder to Rizzuto's left, but it's no match for him. He gobbles it up and flips to Stirnweiss for the out at second. On to Henrich at first: Out! Boudreau's not as fast as he used to be. Listen, folks, Snuffy Stirnweiss wasn't within two feet of second when he took Rizzuto's throw. But Red Jones thumbed him out anyway. Folks, that's called the phantom double play. Wait'll you get to a big league park. You'll see what I mean. Stepping in now is the right fielder, Bob Kennedy. He's hitting just ...." As I recall, Gordon rarely omitted his reference to the "imaginary" out at second.

In spite of its storied past, though, we don't see the phantom double play very often in the big leagues anymore. Every game is televised. No umpire wants to see ten replays showing him calling an out when F4 wasn't within "two feet of second." But they don't have ten TV cameras bearing down on your every move at your local park. Do your bit for safety and tradition. If the runner was going to be out, he was out.

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Old Thu Dec 08, 2011, 08:41am
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Carl, that link seems to point to your facebook profile, not the Amazon product page.
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Old Thu Dec 08, 2011, 09:57am
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I will buy the book because I am a baseball junkie who values Carl's method. I was once given a BDR as a gift and it is dogeared and highlighted. Carl always does a great job of consolidating information and his stories make the read entertaining. I look forward to getting his newest work.

Recognizing that this will detract from his intent to sell books, I wish he had used a different example. The phantom tag has been discussed ad nausuem here, on other sites and countless clinics. I will remain in the camp who ignore the expected call. Many umpire traditions have faded and rightly so. The runner is not out unless the defense completes the action that makes him so. You would no sooner call a guy out because "he was going to be out" when the fielder drops the ball, right? He was only going to be out if the fielder did his job. Call what happens, not what should have happened.

Just because cameras aren't watching doesn't mean I should neglect my responsibility. Ingtegrity is how you behave when no one is watching!

Happy holidays.

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I just bought my copy. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Baseball-Umpir...3356311&sr=8-1

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Old Thu Dec 08, 2011, 10:04am
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Life has changed CC. You may not be on ESPN but parents with video cams are there. Aunts and uncles with video phones are there. The local sports reporter for Action News has someone there to send them highlights. Blow it and you'll be confronted during or after the game, might see yourself on the local news, and will show up on youtube. If you've been following the forums you'll have seen some of them.

But hey - whatever floats your boat . . . . .
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Old Thu Dec 08, 2011, 12:16pm
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Life has changed CC. You may not be on ESPN but parents with video cams are there. Aunts and uncles with video phones are there. The local sports reporter for Action News has someone there to send them highlights. Blow it and you'll be confronted during or after the game, might see yourself on the local news, and will show up on youtube. If you've been following the forums you'll have seen some of them.

But hey - whatever floats your boat . . . . .
We should not be officiating to satisfy Autie Rae or Uncle Lou's video camera. We should be officiating the game and only the game. If F4 or F6 slides his foot past 2nd base while in full control of the ball, I am calling the out and I don't care about the cameras. I call it the same for both sides, game for game - tough s**t if the cameras don't like it!
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We should not be officiating to satisfy Autie Rae or Uncle Lou's video camera. We should be officiating the game and only the game. If F4 or F6 slides his foot past 2nd base while in full control of the ball, I am calling the out and I don't care about the cameras. I call it the same for both sides, game for game - tough s**t if the cameras don't like it!
Yes, but you won't call it if you see the foot 2 feet off the bag ... like they used to.
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Old Thu Dec 08, 2011, 05:47pm
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Yes, but you won't call it if you see the foot 2 feet off the bag ... like they used to.
I never did.
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Old Thu Dec 08, 2011, 07:54pm
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we should not be officiating to satisfy autie rae or uncle lou's video camera. We should be officiating the game and only the game. If f4 or f6 slides his foot past 2nd base while in full control of the ball, i am calling the out and i don't care about the cameras. I call it the same for both sides, game for game - tough s**t if the cameras don't like it!
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Old Thu Dec 08, 2011, 09:20pm
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We should not be officiating to satisfy Autie Rae or Uncle Lou's video camera. We should be officiating the game and only the game. If F4 or F6 slides his foot past 2nd base while in full control of the ball, I am calling the out and I don't care about the cameras. I call it the same for both sides, game for game - tough s**t if the cameras don't like it!
First of all Ozzy, Happy Holidays. I would wish you a Merry Christmas but my 11 year old just came home from school today with a note admonishing her for writing those words on her art class project. We certainly live in a changed world! That seems like as good a segue as any.

I know what you are saying and respect it. I don't officiate for the cameras or an 'attaboy' from a fan/player/coach. As you stated, I officiate the game and only the game. I call what I see, not what should have happened. I used to make the expected call and didn't care who thought differently. Like the note from school, times have changed for many of us.

I wish you well through the next official, non-sectarian celebratory period we used to call Christmastime.
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Old Thu Dec 08, 2011, 09:26pm
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FWIW, I love my Kindle and have the new Fire arriving under the Christmas tree (thanks, dear!). While writing notes in the margin and the tactile reward of a book is nice, I hope Carl considers making an eBook edition. Last season, I had my Kindle with me for rain delays, long waits for buses that were late and the times I arrived earlier than I should have. It beats reading about my Cubs losing the day before.
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Old Fri Dec 09, 2011, 06:15am
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Carl, that link seems to point to your facebook profile, not the Amazon product page.
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Old Fri Dec 09, 2011, 06:25am
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FWIW, I love my Kindle and have the new Fire arriving under the Christmas tree (thanks, dear!). While writing notes in the margin and the tactile reward of a book is nice, I hope Carl considers making an eBook edition. Last season, I had my Kindle with me for rain delays, long waits for buses that were late and the times I arrived earlier than I should have. It beats reading about my Cubs losing the day before.
As I understand it, that's up to Amazon. I asked then to do it.

Concerning the other comments about the "phantom double play": As you know, I'm still working. It's true I don't call NCAA D1 anymore, and I don't call 14u or below except when I'm evaluating an umpire. But from 15 through MSBL, I still work regularly. I was picked again last year for the high school state tournament playoffs.

Perhaps it's different in our part of the country, but down here, "if he would have been out, he is out."

Of course, you need to read all the entries about phantom calls to get the full dose.

Guarantee holds: Buy it, don't like it: I'll return your money, you keep the BUE.
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Old Fri Dec 09, 2011, 08:40am
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As I understand it, that's up to Amazon. I asked then to do it.

Concerning the other comments about the "phantom double play": As you know, I'm still working. It's true I don't call NCAA D1 anymore, and I don't call 14u or below except when I'm evaluating an umpire. But from 15 through MSBL, I still work regularly. I was picked again last year for the high school state tournament playoffs.

Perhaps it's different in our part of the country, but down here, "if he would have been out, he is out."

Of course, you need to read all the entries about phantom calls to get the full dose.

Guarantee holds: Buy it, don't like it: I'll return your money, you keep the BUE.
The book will be here soon enough and I'll read it cover to cover and back again. I posted the link earlier but Amazon makes it easy enough to find it. As you are a traditionalist, "Merry Christmas" to you and yours from this yankee Cub fan. Enjoy the season, baseball will be here soon enough.
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The book will be here soon enough and I'll read it cover to cover and back again. I posted the link earlier but Amazon makes it easy enough to find it. As you are a traditionalist, "Merry Christmas" to you and yours from this yankee Cub fan. Enjoy the season, baseball will be here soon enough.
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Mike: After you get the BUE, I'd appreciate it if you would review it for Amazon. Readability, accuracy, design and format. If there's something you really don't like, say so. I can always revise.

And .... If there's something you really do like, you can put that in, too. Since you bought it at Amazon, you have an account. Only account holders can review products.

Thanks.

Of course, the same "invitation" holds for any others who have the book.
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First of all Ozzy, Happy Holidays. I would wish you a Merry Christmas but my 11 year old just came home from school today with a note admonishing her for writing those words on her art class project. We certainly live in a changed world! That seems like as good a segue as any.

I know what you are saying and respect it. I don't officiate for the cameras or an 'attaboy' from a fan/player/coach. As you stated, I officiate the game and only the game. I call what I see, not what should have happened. I used to make the expected call and didn't care who thought differently. Like the note from school, times have changed for many of us.

I wish you well through the next official, non-sectarian celebratory period we used to call Christmastime.
I care not for the new order, politically correct, sterile world we live in. So I wish you the same as I wish others (whether they like it or not):
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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