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Unread 07-29-2008, 06:42 PM   #1
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Who, in your opinion, are the best and worst balls-and-strikes umpires in MLB?
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The question presupposes that we are qualified to render a judgement. Perhaps some are.

I'm not.
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The question presupposes that we are qualified to render a judgement. Perhaps some are.

I'm not.

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Who, in your opinion, are the best and worst balls-and-strikes umpires in MLB?
One MLB umpire is the worst balls-and-strike umpire. He is at least 900 times better than me. So who am I to seek to try and identify him?
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"He is at least 900 times better than me."
I am not sure that is possible. 900 times would make the "worst" guy perfect and you the worst umpire on the planet.

I would say many MLB umpires are head and shoulders above average umpires that work non-professional games.

The "real" difference in umpiring is how the "average" umpire would umpire in front of 50,000 people.

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...and you the worst umpire on the planet....
One of the head coaches at the tournament game I umpired last night might actually have said that.
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...and you the worst umpire on the planet....
One of the head coaches at the tournament game I umpired last night might actually have said that.
Darn, I thought I was special when he told me that....
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Who, in your opinion, are the best and worst balls-and-strikes umpires in MLB?
This article tries to be "scientific" about it. He thinks Joe West is the best.

I'm in no way vouching for his data or methodology, but it's an interesting concept.

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/ar...-of-their-own/
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SHEESH! I'm just asking your opinion as a fan of the game and as someone who umpires. I ask because I value your, the umpires', opinion over a fan who doesn't umpire.
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SHEESH! I'm just asking your opinion as a fan of the game and as someone who umpires. I ask because I value your, the umpires', opinion over a fan who doesn't umpire.
you want us to come on here and tell you that we might think one guy or another is better at calling balls and strikes than the other?... this is a professional board, and in now way am I going to even begin to tell you that I think some umpire whom spent many of yrs training and learning the game, driving through some of the crappiest Milb stadiums around spending endless amounts of hours traveling on the road, that he might not call a good game.... as far as i can see all of those guys are great umpires and I would want to be just like everyone of them. Sorry for the long post... But I have some profesional Courtesy.
 
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Who, in your opinion, are the best and worst balls-and-strikes umpires in MLB?
These are the worst, and best ball/strike umpires in MLB :

No. Umpire
67 Lance Barksdale
65 Ted Barrett
35 Wally Bell
54 CB Bucknor
48 Mark Carlson
38 Gary Cederstrom
56 Eric Cooper
13 Derryl Cousins
2 Jerry Crawford
25 Fieldin Culbreth
10 Phil Cuzzi
44 Kerwin Danley
37 Gary Darling
61 Bob Davidson
12 Gerry Davis
32 Dana DeMuth
63 Laz Diaz
16 Mike DiMuro
1 Bruce Dreckman
88 Doug Eddings
50 Paul Emmel
57 Mike Everitt
49 Andy Fletcher
60 Marty Foster
53 Greg Gibson
9 Brian Gorman
20 Tom Hallion
55 Angel Hernandez
15 Ed Hickox
17 John Hirschbeck
29 Bill Hohn
34 Sam Holbrook
51 Marvin Hudson
58 Dan Iassogna

No. Umpire
66 Jim Joyce
8 Jeff Kellogg
46 Ron Kulpa
24 Jerry Layne
72 Alfonso Marquez
30 Randy Marsh
36 Tim McClelland
41 Jerry Meals
14 Chuck Meriwether
26 Bill Miller
11 Ed Montague
96 Paul Nauert
45 Jeff Nelson
7 Brian O'Nora
39 Larry Poncino
59 Tony Randazzo
19 Ed Rapuano
23 Rick Reed
31 Mike Reilly
18 Charlie Reliford
77 Jim Reynolds
71 Brian Runge
43 Paul Schrieber
5 Dale Scott
95 Tim Timmons
4 Tim Tschida
27 Larry Vanover
47 Mark Wegner
52 Bill Welke
3 Tim Welke
21 Hunter Wendelstedt
22 Joe West
33 Mike Winters
78 Jim Wolf

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SHEESH! I'm just asking your opinion as a fan of the game and as someone who umpires. I ask because I value your, the umpires', opinion over a fan who doesn't umpire.
Easy BKU! I'm sure that one of the first things you were taught is not to stab your fellow umpires in the back (if not, you have just been taught). The MLB guys read these forums but are not allowed to post to them (MLB rules). Now, seeing as they are not allowed to defend themselves on the forum, it would be in bad taste to "rate" them here. It's kind of like your fellow association members bad mouthing you and you are under a gag order and not allowed to respond.

In other words, it was a very irresponsible question on your part.
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...and you the worst umpire on the planet....
One of the head coaches at the tournament game I umpired last night might actually have said that.
Darn, I thought I was special when he told me that....
Hey, no fair! I know a coach who once told me I was the worst umpire EVER!

Hear that? "EVER"!

Are you guys seriously claiming that you have been told that too?!?
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